High School Chefs in Underserved Communities Create Noodle Delicacies

Meatless Monday
The New York City winning dish was Goat Cheese Gnocchi with Tomato Mushroom Ragu and Wilted Spinach.

Outstanding culinary students from local public high schools were awarded scholarships to continue their culinary studies at the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) New York Awards Breakfast hosted by The Pierre Hotel.

C-CAP President Karen Brosius, C-CAP Founder and Chairman Emeritus Richard Grausman, and New York Program Manager Anna Borgman awarded over $590,000 in scholarships and opportunities to high school seniors, juniors, and C-CAP alumni. The guest speakers included Chef Daniel Holzman, Chef and Co-Owner of The Meatball Shop and C-CAP Alumna Stephanie Grajales, Pastry Chef at the Ritz Carlton NY.

Joyce Appelman

High school students from underserved communities aspiring to become future celebrity chefs faced a challenge recently from the nationwide 2017 Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) Meatless Monday Recipe Contest. The challenge: create an innovative meatless noodle dish and impress the distinguished panel of judges.

The winner of the Grand Prize Scholarship for $5,000 is Adrian Gonzalez, a 12th grader from Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies for his Three Sisters Stuffed Squash dish. Regional winners received $2,000 scholarships. They come from Arizona, Chicago, Washington, D.C. region, Hampton Roads, VA, New York City, and Philadelphia.

The New York City winner is Brayden Boscio, a 12th grader from Harry S. Truman High School in the Bronx for his Goat Cheese Gnocchi with Tomato Mushroom Ragu and Wilted Spinach dish.

C-CAP is the national leader providing scholarships, education, and career opportunities in the culinary arts to underserved youth. Meatless Monday encourages people to make positive changes in their diet simply by choosing not to eat meat one day a week. Founded in 2003, Meatless Monday is now a global movement powered by individuals, chefs and restaurateurs, hospitals, schools, and worksites.

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“We’re excited to team up with C-CAP for the annual recipe contest.  This year, we challenged C-CAP students to convert traditional noodle recipes into meatless versions. The winning recipes are stellar,” said Sid Lerner, founder of the Meatless Monday movement.

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The New York City winner is Brayden Boscio, a 12th grader from Harry S. Truman High School in the Bronx.

“Through this annual contest, student chefs receive guidance from their teachers on recipe writing and development and are able to showcase their talent creating meatless recipes,” remarked C-CAP President Karen Brosius.

Judges evaluated the recipe submissions based on originality, flavor, healthfulness, ease of preparation, and writing ability. New York-based celeb Chef Maria Loi, one of the 2017 judges said, “It’s my pleasure to evaluate these recipes and students — they are the culinary future!”

Loi is the global ambassador of Greek gastronomy, elected by the Chef’s Club of Greece, Executive Chef of Loi Estiatorio, author, restaurateur, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.

Also on the judging panel are Chef Matthew Kenney, recognized as a pioneer in raw, plant-based cuisine; Jet Tila, international culinary storyteller, Royal Thai culinary ambassador, chef/owner of Pakpao Thai in Dallas, and Diana Rice, RD, consulting recipe editor for Meatless Monday.

Regional winners of $2,000 scholarships include:


Austin Neanover, 12th Grade, Glendale High School, Spicy Spaghetti with Roasted Vegetables


Azary Madrigal, 12th Grade, Curie Metropolitan High School, Avocado Pasta


Devyn Shannon, 12th Grade, Charles Herbert Flowers High School, Spicy Coconut Penne


Cashé Clark, 12th Grade, Virginia Beach Technical and Career Center, Rainbow Pad Thai


Lauren Moore, 11th Grade, A.Phillip Randolph Career Academy, Pasta Primavera

Links to winning recipes:

Link to video of top chefs and C-CAP President Karen Brosius and Founder Richard Grausman talking about Meatless Monday: https://youtu.be/U7uXcyMYOgc 

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