About C-CAP

Co-chaired by chef, author, and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) is a national non-profit that empowers underserved youth through the discipline of the culinary arts. Through its job training, internships, career and college advising, scholarships, and more, C-CAP prepares and mentors high school students for a bright future. C-CAP provides educational and career opportunities and connects students to the workplace.

  • 17,000 high school students around the country are served annually
  • 2,000+ students participate in C-CAP’s Career Awareness and Exploration Programs where they meet professionals, experience a professional workplace, and learn about careers, expectations, and pathways they can take.
  • Hundreds of students complete C-CAP’s intensive Job Training and Internships Program where they strengthen their culinary skills, gain important personal, professional, and job-seeking skills, and obtain a paid internship.
  • 95% of C-CAP interns successfully complete their paid internship.
  • Each year over 150 students receive scholarships, totaling nearly $3 million.
  • Hundreds of youth receive one-on-one college advising in high school and during their post-secondary education experience.

C-CAP alumni are working in your favorite restaurants around the country and have become restaurant owners, executive chefs, executive pastry chefs, and private chefs. Others have gone on to compete on television cooking shows like Top Chef, Chopped, Food Network Star, Beat Bobby Flay, and Last Chance Kitchen. Countless C-CAP alumni are guiding and mentoring the next generation of culinarians.

From C-CAP Alumni

“C-CAP supported me and helped me launch my culinary career, which changed my life.”
Mimi Chen, represented the USA at the 2019 Bocuse d’Or World Competition

“Without C-CAP, I would probably be dead.”
Cesar Gutierrez, Executive Sous Chef, Restaurant Daniel

“C-CAP provided me with the basis to better my life.”
Krystal Lewis, Sous Chef, The Breslin Bar and Dining Room

“C-CAP defined the meaning of opportunity and provided me with the confidence that could make me successful, if I worked hard enough.”
Brother Luck, Chef and Owner, Four By Brother Luck

“If I stayed in the neighborhood where I grew up, my future did not look bright.  Then came C-CAP.”
– Carlton McCoy, President and CEO, Heitz Cellar

“I took full advantage of countless opportunities from C-CAP and was given the chance to do the unthinkable.”
Lasheeda Perry, Executive Pastry Chef, The Four Seasons Hotel

 

Individual Membership Opportunities & Benefits

BENEFACTOR – $5,000 Contribution ($4,200 is deductible)

  • Two tickets to the exclusive Annual Benefit Kick-off Cocktail Reception in NYC
  • Exclusive invitations for two to special C-CAP events
  • Advanced notice of ticketed events across C-CAP locations
  • Listing in the C-CAP Annual Report
  • C-CAP branded item
  • Invitation for two to Annual Awards Breakfast
  • Marcus Samuelsson signed book

PATRON – $2,500 Contribution ($2,200 is deductible)

  • Two tickets to the exclusive Annual Benefit Kick-off Cocktail Reception in NYC
  • Exclusive invitations for two to special C-CAP events
  • Advanced notice of ticketed events across C-CAP locations
  • Listing in the C-CAP Annual Report
  • C-CAP branded item

ASSOCIATE – $1,000 Contribution ($850 is deductible)

  • Exclusive invitations for two to special C-CAP events
  • Advanced notice of ticketed events across C-CAP locations
  • Listing in the C-CAP Annual Report

FELLOW – $500 Contribution ($425 is deductible)

  • Exclusive invitations to special C-CAP events
  • Advanced notice of ticketed events across C-CAP locations

FRIEND – $250 Contribution ($225 is deductible)

  • Advanced notice of ticketed events across C-CAP locations

 

To become an Individual Member, please click here