Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Chef's Academy Sports and Activities Club visits Climb Time INDY

On Friday February 13, *(oh no, that's scary) The Chef's Academy Sports and Activities Club visited Climb Time INDY on the north side of Indianapolis for a few hours of indoor wall climbing. About 10 students came out for the day and all enjoyed the time spent climbing and getting some exercise in. From Climb Time Indy's website they have this to say:

"Climb Time Indy is dedicated to providing the best rock climbing experience.We are focused on maintaining a safe environment where climbers of all levels of ability and ages can improve their climbing skills, learn more about this sport, and above all else, have fun climbing.

Climb Time offers a wide range of difficulty levels from very easy to moderate to extremely difficult, brought to you by some of the best route setters this side of the Mississippi. With over 4,000 different holds to choose from, our routes are changed weekly in order to ensure there is always something new to challenge you.

We offer over 30 ropes and more than 8,500 square feet of climbing surface. In addition, we have a members only workout area, a rope for climbing, and an area designated for rappelling.

Whether you are looking for powerful bouldering, sustained routes, or just a day out with the family, Climb Time Indy has what you are looking for. Come on by; we'd love for you to come climbing with us."

The few hours that The Chef's Academy Sports and Activities Club was at Climb Time Indy everyone did their best to master the routes. From easy to difficult, there were feats all around. Whether it be mastering the peg board or mastering a course with multiple ledges, students had many accomplishments on the day.

We would like to thank Climb Time Indy for allowing our group to come out and have a good time climbing, scaling, goofing around, and playing fooseball. Everyone had a blast and we can't wait to come back out.

For more information on The Chef's Academy Sports and Activities club visit their website at:

On the website you can find out about how to join The Chef's Academy Sports and Activities Club as well as the upcoming calendar of events that will be happening in the near future.

Until next time...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

2009 Taste of Elegance

Tuesday January 27th marked the 2009 Indiana Pork Producer's annual "Taste of Elegance" premier Chef's competition held at the Indiana Roof Ballroom downtown Indianapolis. The event, hosted by Indiana Pork-in partnership with the Indiana Soybean Alliance, Indiana Corn Marketing Council and Indiana Farm Bureau-is a culinary event designed to inspire innovative and exciting ways to menu pork. This years "Taste of Elegance" had eleven competing chef's from across Indiana all vying for the “CHEF PAR EXCELLENCE” award and a chance to compete as Indiana's representative at the National Taste of Elegance competition to be held in Baltimore, Maryland slated in June of 2009.
The Chef's Academy had Two of our Chef Instructor's, Chef Jeffrey Bane and Chef Jason Anderson, competing in the competition along with our career serviced director, Joshua Horrigan. Chef Jeffrey Bane was representing The Chef's Academy, while Chef Jason Anderson was representing Dunaway's, and Mr. Horigan was representing Green Gourmet LLC. The Chef's Academy also was proud to have our Dean Chef Tony Hanslits and Chef Instructor Brandon Hamilton (“Taste of Elegance" 2008 winner) participating on the panel of judges for the evening.
The evening also gave a number of The Chef's Academy's student the opportunity to assist our Chef's in the competetion, enabling them to experience a top culinary competition. Chef Jeffrey Bane took home a couple of awards for the evening. For his showmanship display Chef Bane won the People’s Choice Award-Best Display, as well as, Superior Chef Award 2nd Place finisher for his Butter Scotch Pork. Chef Bane won the People's Choice-Best Display, most likely by a landslide, as it contained a self created Ice Carving that accompanied his dish on display. Chef Bane was pleased to add his second straight Superior Chef Award, as he also placed 2nd place in the 2008 "Taste of Elegance".
Chef Ryan Nelson from The Oceanaire Seafood Room took home top honors on the night winning “CHEF PAR EXCELLENCE”. Ryan will be competing in the National "Taste of Elegance" being held in June. The Chef's Academy extends congratulations to Chef Nelson and all competing Chef's in this years "Taste of Elegance".
Unfortunately Chef Jason Anderson and Mr. Horrigan did not place in the top three for the event, but they both deserve many kudos to their hard work and savory dishes. Chef Anderson prepared a delictible rendition of Pork & Beans. Mr. Joshua Horrigan prepared Braised Pork Shoulder with Tomatillo & Ancho Chili Sauce that toyed with the taste buds.
The Chef's Academy is proud to have each of our participants in the 2009 "Taste of Elegance" and we look forward to future competitions our Chef's will undoubtadly compete in and anticipate their future accomplishments.