NYC Culinary Students Turned Flour Into Gold

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All-C-CAP Scholarship and Award Winners (Photo Credit: Theodore Samuels)

Over $590,000 In Culinary Scholarships And Opportunities Awarded By Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP)

Joyce Appelman

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.

Scholarships to attend local culinary schools and some of the most prestigious culinary schools in the country were awarded to the high school seniors. 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.

During the C-CAP New York Cooking Competition for Scholarships, finalists representing local high schools from Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island competed against the clock when C-CAP re-created the intensity of a restaurant kitchen at The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), 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:

  • Chef Aaron Bludorn, Café Boulud
  • Chef Brandon Bryan-C-CAP Alum, The Carlyle Hotel
  • Chef Alexander Burger, Bar Boulud
  • Chef Phil DeMaiolo, Pier Sixty
  • Richard Grausman, C-CAP Founder & Chairman Emeritus
  • Chef Cesar Gutierrez, C-CAP Alum, Café Boulud
  • Chef Craig Koketsu, Fourth Wall Restaurants
  • Chef Betty Peña, C-CAP Alumna, Pig & Khao
  • Chef Robert Ramsey, Institute of Culinary Education
  • Chef Ted Siegel, ICE
  • Chef Juan Suarez de Lezo, Eat Offbeat

The C-CAP Cooking Competitions for Scholarships are hosted across the country and are the culmination of the C-CAP high school program for underserved teenagers at risk of leaving high school without a 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.

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In addition to the culinary school scholarships awarded, C-CAP announced the 2017 Meatless Monday Recipe Contest  New York-based winner at the ceremony. The scholarship was presented to Brayden Boscio, Harry S. Truman High School for the Goat Cheese Gnocchi with Tomato Mushroom Ragu and Wilted Spinach dish. C-CAP high school students from around the country were invited to create an innovative meatless noodle dish. Through the contest, students are introduced to the Meatless Monday public health initiative.

2017 C-CAP New York High School Seniors Awarded Culinary Scholarships:


Harry S. Truman H.S.

Brayden Boscio, C-CAP Education Scholarship, Meatless Monday Recipe Contest Scholarship; Khristian Goland, New York Association of Culinary Professionals Scholarship; Geannaby Hernandez, Culinary Institute of New York at Monroe College Full-Tuition Scholarship


George Westinghouse H.S.

Taj McHenry, C-CAP Education Scholarship

The School for International

Diamond John, Les Dames d’Escoffier (LDNY) Florence Griffin Memorial Scholarship, C-CAP Education Scholarship

William E. Grady H.S.

Andre Edwards, SUNY Cobleskill Tuition-Assistance Scholarship, C-CAP Education Scholarship; Tamera Evans-Garrick, C-CAP Education Scholarship


H.S. of Hospitality Management

Cristian Rojas, International Culinary Center (ICC) Full-Tuition Scholarship

Food & Finance H.S.

Rosy De Leon, Judith and Stanley Zabar Scholarship; Jessica Eng, Les Amis d’Escoffier Scholarship; Angel Lopez, C-CAP Education Scholarship; Annalis Melendez, Johnson & Wales University Full-Tuition Scholarship; Jeaneliz Mendez, Paul Smith’s College Full-Tuition Scholarship; Jovan Ortiz, International Culinary Center Half-Tuition Scholarship; Luis Reyes, Culinary Institute of America (CIA) Full-Tuition Scholarship for an Associate’s Degree; Nicholas Vargas, C-CAP Education Scholarship


Long Island City H.S.

Isha Husainy, Culinary Institute of America (CIA) Full-Tuition Scholarship for an Associate’s Degree; Briana Lara, Deborah Ryan Scholarship; Jennifer Lara, Elizabeth Alston Scholarship; Citlalli Martinez, C-CAP Education Scholarship; Marcio Moran, Lili Lynton Scholarship; Simone Nsowa, Lili Lynton Scholarship; Jose Quiroz, Dr. Patricia S. Bartholomew Scholarship; David Rivera, C-CAP Education Scholarship

August Martin H.S. 

Rebecca Vega, Kingsborough Community College Scholarship and C-CAP Education Scholarship


Tottenville H.S.

Rastislav Demcak, C-CAP Education Scholarship; Elianna Fetik, C-CAP Education Scholarship

Port Richmond H.S.

Ashley Caputo, C-CAP Education Scholarship;  Nicole Laduca, Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) Full-Tuition Scholarship

The following students were awarded junior culinary scholarships to attend the Culinary Institute of New York at Monroe College’s Boot Camp:

Jessica Assad, Tottenville H.S.; Dernisha Brown, The School for International Studies; Wing Cheah, Tottenville H.S.; Daniel Flowers, Long Island City H.S.; Alyssamae Gadsden, Port Richmond H.S.; Anna Giubileo, Tottenville H.S.; Cristian Ochoa, Long Island City H.S.; Amaris Rodriguez, Port Richmond H.S.; Kayla Singletary, The School for International Studies; Samantha Solomon, Harry S. Truman H.S.; Jorge Torres Aquino, Food and Finance H.S.

Additionally, C-CAP has awarded four scholarships to alumni to travel abroad this year. Brandon Bryan was presented the Daniel Boulud Ment’or Full-Tuition Scholarship to the Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon, France. Gabrielle Calle, Tchnavia Carter, and Abdallah Farraj are currently in Madrid, Spain, on the Olesay/C-CAP Internship Scholarship. Finally, Chicago C-CAP alumna Martinique Thompson was presented the Denzel Thornton Memorial Scholarship donated by Harold Import Company (HIC).

Twenty-nine seniors, eleven juniors, and four New York alumni have been awarded C-CAP scholarships in 2017.

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