At this year’s benefit, Michael Anthony, Executive Chef of Gramercy Tavern, Untitled, and Studio Café at the Whitney Museum of American Art, will receive the C-CAP Honors Award. The C-CAP Honors Award is an original stainless steel sculpture created by award-winning artist Philip Grausman. The sculpture is of a germinating Fava bean, symbolizing our budding C-CAP culinary students. Chefs all over the world know that there is a lot of delicate care and handling that goes into the preparation of Fava beans, and we are recognizing the care and interest our honoree has in the mentoring of our students.
The prestigious award is granted to individuals in the culinary industry for exceptional leadership and achievements. Chef Anthony has received numerous awards, including Food & Wine’s “Best New Chefs” in 2002 and Bon Appetit’s “Next Generation” in 2003. In 2008, Gramercy Tavern earned the James Beard Award for “Outstanding Restaurant.” In 2012, Michael won the James Beard Award for “Best Chef in New York City,” and in 2015, he won the James Beard Award for “Outstanding Chef.” In 2016, Michael’s V is for Vegetables won the James Beard Award for “Vegetable Focused and Vegetarian” cookbooks. Past recipients of the C-CAP Honors Award include: Daniel Humm, Richard Parsons & Alexander Smalls, Michael White, Tony May, Michael McCarty, Michael Lomonaco, Marcus Samuelsson, Drew Nieporent, Alfred Portale, Lidia Bastianich, Thomas Keller, Charlie Palmer, Danny Meyer & Michael Romano, Daniel Boulud, Jacques Pepin, Egidiana & Sirio Maccioni, Nina & Tim Zagat, and Saul Zabar & Stanley Zabar.
The event features fabulous culinary tastings prepared by Michael Anthony and his award-winning Pastry Chef Miro Uskokovic, with nearly 40 of the city’s finest chefs, including Chef Chair and C-CAP Board Co-Chair Marcus Samuelsson. Check out the complete list of chefs here! More than 60 New York City C-CAP high school students and alumni, eager to put their mark on the culinary world will be assisting the celebrated chefs.
The C-CAP Benefit is open to the public. Tickets for general admission are $600 (limited availability). Tickets for VIP admission are $800 and $1,000. The $1,000 ticket includes a signed cookbook from a celebrity chef. For tickets, more information about the event, and sponsorship opportunities, call 212-974-7111 or visit www.ccapinc.org.
Some of my favorite photos of past culinary creations are:
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By Guest Blogger Joyce Appelman, C-CAP’s National Communications Director