Summertime With C-CAP Job Internships

C-CAP Summer Internship program
Chef Stephen Yen of City Acres Market Speaking with C-CAP Job Training Students

The Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) helped teens sharpen their culinary skills and get them ready for summer jobs in local restaurants and foodservice venues. In the current job market, with teenage unemployment rates over 30 percent, this was an opportunity of a lifetime for the C-CAP students, who will be considered culinary professionals in the eyes of their employers.

Joyce Appelman

The C-CAP Summer Internship program connected public high school culinary students to the food service industry by providing them with hands-on, “real-life” work experience.  Through the Job Training program, the skills that students learned in high school were reinforced to prepare them for the 150 hours of paid internships in some of the best professional kitchens in the Big Apple. These skills include: knife skills, sanitation, timing, speed, organization, and teamwork. In addition, students participated in mock job interviews and worked on their communication, time management, interpersonal effectiveness, and job-seeking tools.

C-CAP Summer Internship program
Chef Eugene Law Interviewing C-CAP Student Samantha Solomon

Executive Chef and Creative Director Stephen Yen treated the students to a behind-the-scenes tour of the new City Acres Market, at 70 Pine Street, in the Financial District of New York City.  He strolled with them through the hybrid shopping destination and market, which was filled with conventional and natural/organic products provided by a slate of food vendors, including a butcher and cheese shop.

C-CAP Summer Internship program
C-CAP Job Training Students Learning Product Identification

According to Stephen Yen, “Being on the job is the best way to apply the theories you learn in the classroom. Identifying the lessons as theories is the best way to communicate to the students that the learning continues every day on the job. Ask the students to write down each day what they learned. This is the fastest way for them to become better the next day.”

Several chefs donated their time to meet with the students. The chefs included Executive Chef Daniel Eardley and Pastry Chef Kristen Moorer from American Cut, and Chef Eugene Law from City Acres Market.  C-CAP alumnus and Sous Chef Silvestre Moran, from Irvington Bar & Grill, attended the C-CAP Job Training Interview

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Please support C-CAP by visiting all of the wonderful restaurants. Similar job training programs took place this year in Arizona, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.

C-CAP wishes to thank the 58 industry supporters committed to hiring and mentoring a student for the summer program:

  • American Cut
  • Atlantic Grill
  • Babbo Ristorante
  • Beehive Oven
  • Birch Coffee
  • C-CAP Summer Internship program
    C-CAP Job Training Students Practicing Interviews

    Breads Bakery

  • Burrito Bar
  • Butterfly Bakeshop
  • Cafe Boulud
  • Casa del Chef
  • City Acres Market
  • Continental Pastry
  • DBGB Bistro
  • Dig Inn Seasonal Market
  • Dos Caminos
  • Dutch Kills Centraal
  • El Vez
  • Enoteca
  • FLIK @ American Express
  • FLIK @ Bessemer Trust
  • FLIK @ Cravath, Swaine, & Moore LLP
  • FLIK @ NBC Studios 9C
  • FLIK @ Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
  • Flora Bar
  • Foragers Market Brooklyn
  • The Grill NYC
  • Hilton Garden Inn
  • Irvington Bar & Restaurant
  • James Restaurant
  • Jams
  • Jimmy Max
  • Koi
  • L’Inizio
  • Local Roots NYC
  • Long Island City High School Catering
  • Make My Cake
  • Marina Café
  • Massoni
  • Neuman’s Kitchen
  • C-CAP Summer Internship program
    C-CAP Job Training Students in Soft Skills Training

    Nobu 57

  • NYC Department of Education – School Food
  • OTTO Enoteca e Pizzeria
  • Park Avenue Restaurant
  • Pels Pie Co.
  • Pier Sixty, LLC
  • Print. Restaurant
  • R&D Foods
  • Rebelle
  • Renaissance Event Hall
  • Restaurant Associates @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Salvation Taco
  • Streetbird Rotisserie
  • Sumner Café
  • Talde
  • Taste of Honey Catering
  • The Clocktower
  • The Meatball Shop
  • Tower Isles Jamaican Patties
  • Xaviars Restaurant Group – X2O
Joyce Appelman
Joyce Appelman is the Director of Public Relations and Special Events for Total Food Service and previously the National Communications Director for C-CAP, Careers through Culinary Arts Program. An industry leader supporting education and scholarships, she has been instrumental in opening career opportunities for many young people in the foodservice industry. Email her at