“I took full advantage of countless opportunities from C-CAP and was given the chance to do the unthinkable.”
C-CAP Scholarships Awarded
Johnson & Wales University, Full Tuition
Executive Pastry Chef
Large Tech Company, Silicon Valley
Born to a single mother with eight children, Lasheeda’s Philadelphia childhood was “filled with drugs, sex and poverty.” When her mother took ill, she and her twin sister worked to support the family. When that was no longer enough, Lasheeda lived with a succession of relatives before landing in a shelter. Her luck changed when her culinary arts teacher at Frankford High School, Wilma Stephenson, took her under her wing and introduced her to C-CAP.
Fast-forward to 2004 — Lasheeda graduated valedictorian of her high school class and received a four-year scholarship from C-CAP to attend Johnson & Wales University. “That was the beginning for me,” she says. Lasheeda’s talent has since taken her around the world, beginning with a trip to China with C-CAP connection, Philadelphia Master Chef Joseph Poon. As a freshman, Lasheeda won the “Taste Down Under” competition and a two-week culinary adventure in Australia. She went on to study in Ireland’s Adare Hotel & Golf Resort for three months, and tasted her way across England.
Lasheeda holds the impressive title of Sweet Genius from the Food Network TV series of the same name. Chef Perry was a valued member of The Four Seasons Hotel & Resorts pastry team for many years before becoming the Executive Pastry Chef for a large hotel group in Atlanta, Georgia.