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Culinard Welcomes Chef Ben Vaughn of The Food Network's "Health Inspectors"

Aug 20, 2013

Birmingham, Al. – August 19, 2013 – Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College in Savannah, is pleased to welcome Food Network TV star Chef Ben Vaughn to its campuses this August. Known for his no-nonsense approach to restaurant kitchen cleanliness as host of the Food Network's reality TV show "Health Inspectors," Vaughn will speak with students from at Virginia College School of Business sand Health in Chattanooga, and Virginia College in Savannah, Jacksonville, Mobile, and Greenville.

The Chef will also direct students at each campus in preparing a four-course dinner featuring Maple Leaf Duck products. In Mobile, the dinner will be held at Kitchen on George restaurant on August 22, and is open to the public. Tickets range from $35 (without wine) to $50 (with wine).

"We are honored to host Food Network TV star Chef Ben Vaughn at our campus as he imparts his culinary knowledge and real-world experience to our students and Culinard alumni," says Chef Antony Osborne, Academic Dean of Culinard. "Chef Ben is a story in success and an exemplary culinary professional, sharing the message that inspires hard work, dedication and belief in oneself."

Vaughn has wrangled snakes from dining rooms and chased rats from cellars while hosting the hit show "Health Inspectors" on Food Network. Like the restaurants he helps revive on the show, in his career chef Vaughn has seen struggles and successes. Now, he travels the country as a teacher and delivers messages not scripted but live. Along with hosting the highest-stakes food competition on the planet, The World Food Championships, he is also developing a new television series that will air in the spring of 2014.

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to speak with the students of Culinard at Virginia College about the lessons I've learned and the mistakes I've made along the way," says Vaughn. "These soon-to-be chefs are the leaders of tomorrow's culinary world, which is why it's essential to ensure they know the importance of learning the basics now. Succeeding in this industry takes time, diligence and hard work – you have to learn how to tie a chicken before you can open your own restaurant."

He has shared his discoveries, as well as the passions and insights they've inspired, in the conception of multiple restaurants, two television shows, a production company HitSho Media and soon to be released book. Vaughn will also be the host of the World Food Championships this November in Las Vegas.

For more information about Culinard, Vaughn or the World Food Championships, visit www.culinard.com, www.foodnetwork.com/shows/ben-vaughn/index.html or www.worldfoodchampionships.com. To reach Vaughn or Osborne, please contact Audrey Pannell at 205.837.3140 or Audrey@styleadvertising.com.