October 15, 2020—Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) announced today that Tanya Steel has joined the venerable 30-year-old organization as VP of Strategic Development.
Founded by Richard Grausman three decades ago, C-CAP prepares more than 15,000 students in six cities in the culinary arts for a profession in the food industry and/or higher education. It has awarded $62 million in scholarships throughout its history, including $2.6 million in 2020.
“I have long been an admirer of what C-CAP does, and there is no greater need for C-CAP than now, during this critical time of food and social justice, the pandemic and the downturn of the economy,” says Steel. “My focus will be helping this incredible and vital organization continue to grow and thrive in programming, local chapters, and fundraising.”
“There has never been a more vital time to propel the next generation of culinary leaders. I’m confident that with Tanya’s incredible leadership and experience that, together with the rest of our board, we can help C-CAP get to the next level of this important work,” says Co-Chair Marcus Samuelsson. Joining the esteemed board this year are Maria Castro Vainer of J.P. Morgan Asset Management and Marco De Ceglie of Filippo Berio/Salov.
About Tanya Steel
Steel is the former Executive Director of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, former Editorial Director of Epicurious, Clean Plates, and Gourmet Live, as well as a former editor at Bon Appétit and Food & Wine. A multiple award-winner, she conceived of the five-year White House program, The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ State Dinner with former First Lady Michelle Obama and her team, as well as Canada’s Kid Food Nation. She is the author of three books, most recently, Food Fight: A Mouthwatering History of Who Ate What & Why Through the Ages (National Geographic Kids). She currently oversees the Julia Child Award.