A Fresh Start
Last Friday, we had a special visit at C-CAP headquarters from one of our Los Angeles teachers, Sonja Mason-Briscoe. She came all the way from the west coast with two of our L.A. scholarship winners to help them settle into their new homes as freshmen at Monroe College in New Rochelle, New York. To welcome the California crew, a few of our Monroe-bound New York alums came to show these newbies the “ins and outs” of the Big Apple. People always ask me, what makes C-CAP so successful. My answer: it’s the overwhelming dedication of our teachers, alumni, and supporters who literally “go that extra mile” for these students to make sure that they achieve flourishing careers.
Our latest graduates are not the only ones starting anew. Here at C-CAP, we have new faces joining our team around the country, new programs, partnerships and events, and last but definitely not least, we are very proud to announce that we have launched our brand new website! If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out! When you’re done, read on for news, events, exclusive offers, and the latest industry dish!
All my best,
2016 has been a lucky year for C-CAP alum Brother Luck. The Colorado based chef and owner of Brother Luck Street Eats made his debut on the Food Network, appearing on Chopped: Impossible Restaurant Challenge, and made it to the final four. It wasn’t long until he was back on our screens again. In June, he returned to Food Network to Beat Bobby Flay, walking away victorious!
This year also saw Brother awarded not one, but two culinary scholarships. Through the C-CAP/Gohan Society’s U.S./Japan Culinary Exchange Program, and thanks to support from Korin, he landed the opportunity to travel to Japan to learn about new ingredients, techniques and skills from some of the best Japanese chefs. Brother was also the recipient of the inaugural Joyce and Helen Chen Foundation Fund Scholarship, a joint partnership with C-CAP, which extended Brother’s cultural experience into China for an additional week following his stay in Japan.
4X4 – Four Stars, Four Years!
For the fourth year in a row, C-CAP received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest evaluator of charities. A four-star rating is awarded to exceptional organizations that exceed industry standards and outperform most charities in their cause. Only 14% of charities in the U.S. have received such high continued ratings.
‘I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand’ – Confucius
Summer Job Training & Internship Programs
Do you remember your first job? For our Summer Job Training & Internship students, this isn’t such a fuzzy memory. Hundreds of young C-CAPers across the country filed onto buses to learn knife skills, soft skills, and a bit of behind-the-scenes wisdom before buttoning up their coats and heading into their first job in a professional kitchen. These teens are able to get hands-on experience and knowledge of the industry before they ever head off to culinary school.
In New York, Sysco rolled out the red carpet for our students with lessons like how to filet an enormous fish. In Los Angeles, our Job Training program went above and beyond learning knife skills and soft skills. C-CAP students got a private tour of the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market by highly-acclaimed chefs Sherry Yard, Ricardo Heredia, Mel Nicola and Corina Weibel! Check out photos here!
“Ready, Set… Pho!”
Chicago’s Nutrition Camp
This isn’t your average summer camp! This August, we held our 10th Annual Nutrition Camp in partnership with the University of Chicago and Bon Appetit. Thirty C-CAP students spent a week living in dorms on campus, experiencing a taste of college life. This camp wasn’t singing songs around the campfire. The students worked alongside chefs to provide healthy lunch options for conference attendees at the university.
As a special finale, they were separated into teams for an original recipe and cooking competition. Given three days to plan, the teams worked within a set budget to source local, seasonal vegetables and prepare as many dishes as possible against the clock! Our students gained many nutritional tools that they’re excited to bring back to the classroom this fall.
Do you remember who first showed you the ropes in your career?Who didn’t make fun of your questions and walked you through the nitty gritty of the job, even when they were off the clock?
We believe that mentorship is crucial, so we’ve paired up with Avero Inc. to provide one lucky C-CAP alum and his or her mentor a chance to come to New York City for a four-day, no-holds-barred culinary immersion tour. This years’ winner was none other than our C-CAP Arizona Culinary Coordinator and C-CAP alum Nicole Swartz and her mentor Marcos Seville, Executive Sous Chef at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia.
Bringing Diversity to the Kitchen
Alongside our mission of transforming the lives of our students through the culinary arts, we are also working to increase diversity behind kitchen doors.Women and people of color still make up a tiny fraction of kitchen leadership roles, but make up 64% and 35%, respectively, of our C-CAP alumni*. With our new Board of Directors Co-Chair Chef Marcus Samuelsson, we are pushing even harder to change this narrative.
Marcus writes,”Let’s recognize the talents who are defying tradition and following a dream”
By hiring a C-CAP student or alum, you are helping to transform the narrative and encourage diversity in your kitchen.
*data reflects scholarship winners from the 2015-2016 school year
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Flavor is not just what is in the food or drink, but how it interacts with our brain and five senses. Our brains tell us whether a food is sweet or bitter, not the food itself. Without the sense of smell, flavors are very weak – try eating something while plugging your nose and then release to test this out.
While much of how we process flavor is still a mystery, breakthroughs in the artificial flavor world and the study, evolution, and future of flavor have turned it into a $25 billion dollar industry. Flavor is the focus of the Museum of Food & Drink‘s first exhibit in Brooklyn, New York. We took our teachers and alumni to the exhibit so they could see, smell, taste and hear to decide for themselves which is better: artificial or natural flavor. Their verdict? Artificial!
What do you think? Tweet to us @ccapinc #FlavorWars
When: Monday, November 14, 5:30 – 8:30pmJoin C-CAP Arizona under a full moon for a walk-around tasting event featuring sweet and savory small plates prepared by C-CAP high school students and teachers paired with 25 top local chefs! Our 3rd Annual Harvest Moon Feast will be held at Desert Foothills Barn in Scottsdale, Arizona.
When: Monday, November 14, 7 – 10pmJoin C-CAP Philadelphia and our special honoree Chef Jose Garces for the2016 Ignite: Firing Up Tomorrow’s Chefs! Enjoy tastings from some of the area’s best chefs while making a difference in the lives of our students.
When: October 25, 6:30 – 9pmJoin the C-CAP Junior Board on October 25 at STK, in the heart of the Meatpacking District for Shaken & Stirred: Cocktails with C-CAP. The evening will feature a line up of some of the best NYC bartenders and mixologists serving up handcrafted cocktails, delicious bites (of course) and a whole array of prizes in our raffle.. Early bird tickets won’t be around for long!
When: March 8, 2017 | 5:45pm VIP Admission, 6:30pm General AdmissionSave the date for C-CAP’s Annual Benefit! Join us for a grand walk-around tasting event honoring acclaimed chef Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern and Untitled. We will feature culinary creations prepared by over 40 of New York’s top chefs, assisted by C-CAP high school students and alumni. The benefit has become New York’s premiere tasting event and draws local residents, business leaders, and national organizations to support C-CAP. The evening’s festivities also include an auction with once-in-a-lifetime culinary and travel packages.
C-CAP is a national non-profit that transforms lives of underserved high school students through the culinary arts.
With programs in New York City, the Philadelphia, Los Angeles andWashington, D.C. regions, Arizona, Chicago and Hampton Roads, VA, C-CAP offers job training and internships, career exploration and advising, scholarships and cooking competitions, college advising, teacher training and product donations. Since its inception in 1990, C-CAP has awarded $50 million in scholarships through the largest independent culinary scholarship program in the U.S.