Annual competition benefits Gleaners Community Food Bank in Livingston County

Cleary University today announced that Chef Jeffrey Bane, Dean of Culinary and Hospitality Management, will compete in the 12th Annual Iron Chef Competition on August 11, 2016 from 6-9 pm at Bordine’s “Kitchen Stadium” in Brighton, Mich. Chef Bane will compete against the defending Iron Chef Champion, Chef Eirik Kauserud of La Vita Bistro in Pinckney, Mich. The Iron Chef Competition is an annual fundraiser for Gleaners Community Food Bank and features the battle between the two area chefs, restaurant tastings and beverages. Tickets for the event are $50 and can be purchased online at

“What a great opportunity to represent Cleary University in this annual fundraiser for the Gleaner Community Food Bank,” said Chef Bane. “Gleaners is a selfless organization that does so much good for southeastern Michigan. It’s an honor to participate in an event that has helps provide millions of meals to people in our communities.”

Bane added, “Despite the friendly nature of the culinary competition and the opportunity to raise funds for a great community service, the competitor in me really wants to win. I certainly don’t want to call out the defending champion, but Cleary Cougars rise up for a battle, so I’ll be ready for whatever Chef Eirik brings into the kitchen stadium. Seriously, thank you Gleaners for the opportunity, and I invite all our Cleary alumni and supporters to get behind the Iron Chef Competition. May the best Chef win.”

Steve Garagiola, WDIV Local 4 News Anchor and Detroit News Columnist Neal Rubin will serve as moderator and color commentator, respectively, for the 12th consecutive year. This year’s judges include Kate Lawson, Food Writer; Chef Tom Lin, Food Network Cutthroat Kitchen; Renee Chodkowski, Host of WHMI 93.5’s “The Great Foodini” and Cheryl Cleyman of Howell, 2015 Guest Judge winning bidder. For additional details about the event, visit

New Culinary and Hospitality Management Programs

Earlier this year, Cleary University announced the addition of culinary and hospitality management education programs to its list of professional degrees. Classes for an associate’s degree in culinary management and a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management start in September 2016 and enrollment is currently open.

About Cleary University

Founded in 1883, the foundation of Cleary University is business. Cleary University is committed to its mission to enrich students’ lives through the knowledge, skills, and credentials that advance careers.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Cleary University is a specialized business university, providing practical, project-based education enabling an immediate alumni contribution to employers, families, and communities. Cleary offers a full service campus in Livingston County and satellite campuses throughout Michigan, as well as online degree options. For more information visit