Gabrielle Calle took her first steps towards her culinary career at Long Island City High School. Through her high school culinary instructor, Gabrielle quickly got involved with C-CAP; volunteering to network with the industry, participating in job shadows that gave her career experience, and enrolling in internships that further sharpened her skills. With cooking almost second nature for Gabrielle, she challenged herself to participate in the 2008 C-CAP Cooking Competition. Gabrielle went through a preliminary round and after being chosen to move on to finals, Gabrielle, then just a 17-year-old from Astoria, Queens spent the weeks leading up to competition refining her craft. With impressive dedication and hard work, Gabrielle won a full-tuition scholarship to the Culinary Institute of America, receiving her degree in 2011.
Upon her graduation, Gabrielle catapulted into the culinary world. She has held positions at multiple top restaurants and is currently Sous Chef at Abigail Kirsch’s Pier 60. As an alumna of the C-CAP Program, Gabrielle was afforded the opportunity to travel abroad for work experience in Spain through C-CAP’s Olésay Scholarship.
Mentorship is important to Gabee: “I have been mentored by C-CAP for almost 13 years, and it has made me the professional I am today; it even made me the woman I am today. C-CAP has not only changed my life, they are a part of my life and my career. Like a family, I always have a network to turn to – a network of like-minded, hard-working foodie individuals who have wanted nothing more than to see me succeed.”
Most recently, Gabrielle Calle was our alumni speaker at the 2018 C-CAP Benefit in New York on February 27.