A Perfect Pairing

As the leader of The Chef’s Academy, the culinary and pastry arts division of Harrison College, Paul Sottile knows how to develop young people into kitchen superstars. The two culinary campuses in Indianapolis, Ind., and Morrisville, N.C., provide students with a solid foundation of techniques to make them successful in the food service industry. However, it’s providing them the opportunities to also be superstars outside the kitchen that Sottile said he takes the most pride in.

“The Chef’s Academy is very actively engaged in our community, and providing our services has always been a great way for usIMG_1023 to support organizations,” said Sottile. To him, The V Foundation was the perfect organization to support. “Cancer impacts all of us and connects us, and to support fighting that battle is the right thing to do.” Sottile and his team have lent their hands (and skills) to the Foundation at the 2015 and 2016 Raleigh Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathons, providing food for Team V runners. The organization also catered the Foundation’s Building Dedication ceremony earlier this month.

Sottile, like most, is no stranger to cancer entering his life. Two years ago, his sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. The cancer was found early and removed, and she is currently cancer-free. For Sottile, it helped light a fire to do what he could to join the fight against this disease. “This disease does not discriminate and hurts so many people. Cancer is the scariest word I can think of, but we all need to do what we can to fight it and support efforts in finding a cure.”

Having the support of leaders like Sottile and organizations like The Chef’s Academy is an important factor to the success of The V Foundation in the fight against cancer. We look forward to many more five-star partnerships!