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Raleigh chefs headed to Super Bowl city

Posted January 30, 2012
Updated January 31, 2012

Two local chefs are headed to Indianapolis to participate in an NFL fundraiser the night before the Super Bowl. 

The Chef's Academy in Raleigh is sending instructors to the Taste of the NFL event, which raises money for food banks in NFL cities, said Jayson Boyers, regional president of the Chef's Academy.

Chefs from all 32 NFL cities will have tables offering food and wine pairings at the party. (Charlotte Chef Cory Sharpe is representing the Carolina Panthers.) Each table will also have an athlete on hand. 

The chefs from Raleigh are joining a table operated by the Chef's Academy, which also has an Indianapolis campus. They will provide appetizers and desserts. 

Boyers said it is the first time a group outside of the NFL cities has a table at the event. 

Celebrity guests attending Saturday's fundraiser include Miss America Laura Kaeppeler, stars from TLC's "Cake Boss" and the Food Network's Ted Allen. Country singer Sara Evans will perform. 

The Chef's Academy opened in Raleigh in August. In future years, Boyers said they will send more chefs and some students.

Boyers said despite the $600 a ticket cost, Taste of the NFL always sells out. It has helped raise $11 million for food banks since its inception 20 years ago. 

So, who are you rooting for in the Super Bowl? 


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  • dgep Jan 31, 2012

    Chef Eric Gephart of the Chef's Academy WILL have fun and serve SUPER Food!!!

  • dwntwnboy Jan 30, 2012

    Congrats to them for this honor. The Academy has an "iron chef" type thing going on at the RBC Center before hockey games on certain nights. They have the "battle" in the restaurant and do one item- last one was the battle of the soups- they have another one coming up but not sure the date or item they are making.