Food Network Celebrity Chef to Appear at SJU Food Marketing Fundraiser

Thursday, October 15, 2015

by Elizabeth Krakoviak ’17

PHILADELPHIA (October 14, 2015) – Saint Joseph’s University’s Academy of Food Marketing will host Chef Robert Irvine, star of Restaurant:Impossible, at an event to benefit the Food Marketing Educational Foundation and the Office of Veterans Services. Held on Tuesday, November 17 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Fretz Kitchen Showroom located in the Philadelphia Navy Yard, the cost is $125 per person, and $75 for veterans.

Throughout the evening, donors can participate in several food-related activities as well as network with other food lovers. Activities will include learning new cooking skills, watching cooking demonstrations, sampling Chef Irvine’s “Better for You” food products at five action stations and participating in wine and beer pairings. Event goers can also take a picture with Irvine.

“The Academy of Food Marketing at Saint Joseph's University is thrilled to have the support of Chef Irvine,” says Eileen P. Acello, Director of Development & Recruitment for the Academy of Food Marketing. “We are expecting a great turnout from food marketing executives, fans and foodies. Our goal is to continue to raise scholarship dollars for the students studying Food Marketing at Saint Joe's.”

Irvine has worked in the culinary industry for 25 years in numerous locations, such as Europe, the Far East, the Caribbean, the Americas and on the high seas. He has hosted several shows on the Food Network, including Restaurant:Impossible; Dinner:Impossible; Worst Cooks in America and Restaurant Express. In 2014, he founded the Robert Irvine Foundation to benefit members of the military and their families. The following year, he was named Honorary Chief Petty Officer of the Navy and was awarded the 2015 Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

The Academy of Food Marketing was established in 1962 to educate students about food industry careers and to support the Department of Food Marketing and the Campbell Collection, one of the largest repositories of food industry information in the United States. It provides services such as scholarships, internships and cooperative education placements. The only wholly industry-supported program of its kind in the country, it has facilitated the employment of over 3,500 graduates in leadership positions in the industry. All proceeds from this event will go to the Food Marketing Educational Foundation to provide scholarship aid to SJU Food Marketing students.

The Office of Veterans Services provides opportunities for education and career development to military servicemen and women and their families. These services include entrepreneurship programs, assistance with ensuring full utilization of entitled benefits, and job placements for veterans. For each ticket purchased by a veteran, a donation will be made to Veterans Services.

To register for the event, visit Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. 

Media Contact

Colleen Sabatino ’11 (M.A.), Associate Director, University Communications, 610-660-3256,

Event Contact

Eileen P. Acello, Director of Development & Recruitment for the Academy of Food Marketing, 610-660-1602,


Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni — over 68,000 strong — provide a powerful network that spans the globe.

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