C-CAP Will Award Over $3,000,000 Nationwide In 2016

(L to R) Judges Giovanna Alvarez, Phil DeMaiolo, Aaron Bludorn, Braden Reardon, Susan Robbins deliberating entries at the C-CAP New York Cooking Competition for Scholarships last month

At the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) New York Awards Breakfast, C-CAP President Susan Robbins and C-CAP Founder Richard Grausman last month presented over $670,000 in scholarships and cash awards to over 40 C-CAP high school students and alumni during the awards ceremony hosted by The Pierre Hotel. Chef and C-CAP alumna Krystal Lewis was the featured guest speaker and recipient of the OléSAY Spain Internship Scholarship.

Hard work, good grades, and a lot of broken eggs paid off for Lyanna Cintron of Food and Finance High School and Samae Ovalles of Food and Finance High School, who both received full-tuition scholarships towards their Associate Degree in the Culinary Arts at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY. Jodie-Ann Williams of Harry S. Truman High School will study at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island come fall. Two Monroe College full-tuition scholarships were awarded to Darlene Reyes of Food and Finance High School and Kelia Bridge and Harry S. Truman High School. Reyes and Bridge will study at the state-of-the-art Culinary Arts Center at the New Rochelle Campus.

Outstanding C-CAP alumni were also awarded scholarships at the ceremony. Executive Chef Aaron Bludorn and Partner Lili Lynton of the Dinex Group and Young Yun of Ment’or presented Giovanna Alvarez, Executive Sous Chef at Asiate in The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Manhattan, the Daniel Boulud Full-Tuition scholarship to the Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon, France, where she will study for five weeks beginning in May. C-CAP Chicago Alum, Krystal Lewis, the Saute/Grill Cook at The Spotted Pig here in New York City, was presented the OléSAY Spain Internship Scholarship, an eighteen-week all expense paid stage experience at the three star Michelin restaurant Sant Pau in Spain. Later this month, at the C-CAP Los Angeles Awards Breakfast, C-CAP Los Angeles Alum Rafael Perezchica, Sous Chef, Ace Hotel & Swim club in Palm Springs, CA, will also be presented with the OléSAY Spain Internship Scholarship.

Students were also awarded scholarships from local culinary schools including the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), International Culinary Center (ICC), Kingsborough Community College, and New York City College of Technology.

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The 2016 C-CAP Meatless Monday Recipe Contest challenged C-CAP high school students from around the country to “get the beef off their buns” and create an innovative veggie burger. Through the contest, students are introduced to the Meatless Monday public health initiative. C-CAP announced their New York-based winner at the ceremony. The scholarship was presented to Tyler Ramos of Tottenville High School in Staten Island for his recipe, Sundried Tomato Patty.

Scholarships awarded ranged in value from $2,000 to more than $100,000 to attend local culinary schools and some of the most prestigious culinary schools in the country. Some students also received C-CAP Education Scholarships, cash awards to help defray the costs of books, supplies, housing, and other expenses while at community college or another culinary school.

A few days earlier, during the C-CAP New York Cooking Competition for Scholarships, finalists representing high schools from across the five boroughs competed against the clock when C-CAP re-created the intensity of a restaurant kitchen at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in Manhattan for the high school seniors to face off in a savory and sweet challenge. Students were judged by a panel of local esteemed judges on presentation of the dishes, knife skills, techniques in the kitchen, taste, sanitary food handling, and timeliness.

The judges included: Ashley Abodeely, Nomad; Giovanna Alvarez, Asiate; Aaron Bludorn, Café Boulud; Phil DeMaiolo, Pier Sixty; Daniel Eddy, Rebelle; Cesar Gutierrez, Café Boulud; Richard Grausman, C-CAP Founder; Krystal Lewis, The Spotted Pig; Paige Nebrig, Bouchon Bakery; Braden Reardon, NYY Steak; Susan Robbins, C-CAP President and Ted Siegel,
Institute of Culinary Education.

The C-CAP Cooking Competitions for Scholarships are the culmination of the C-CAP high school program for underserved teenagers at risk of leaving high school without job or college prospects. The C-CAP program offers direction, a set of useful skills, scholarships, and the potential for a fulfilling career in a growing industry.

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 joyceappelman@gmail.com