Romola Sam’s passion for the kitchen started as a child. She was inspired by her late granddad who owned and operated his own bakery. For a class assignment when she was in elementary school, Romola chose to test out her baking skills by taking on the unique challenge of crafting butterfly shaped chocolate cupcakes. This experience solidified her love for pastries (and won over her classmates as well).
Moving to the U.S. from Guyana, Romola and her parents took a lot of things into consideration while looking for a new school, focusing on high schools with good culinary programming. After finding Food and Finance High School, Romola’s parents immediately enrolled her as a student. As she adjusted to her new surroundings, Romola’s interests were further peaked upon hearing about C-CAP and the Cooking Competition for Scholarships from her high school chef instructor and mentor. Through C-CAP, Romola was exposed to valuable skill development, networking opportunities, and job training as she eagerly got involved with volunteering and various internships. As a senior, Romola’s stellar performance in the C-CAP Cooking Competition afforded her a scholarship to attend the Culinary Institute of New York at Monroe College for Baking & Pastry. Romola continues to give back to the C-CAP community as an active member of our New York Alumni Board.
“I am extremely thankful for C-CAP! I have my current job at Union Square Cafe because of a recommendation I received during a C-CAP summer internship at Gramercy Tavern. To say C-CAP changed my life is an understatement. They impacted me a whole lot.” – Romola Sam