|Last Wednesday, the Careers through Culinary Arts Program celebrated its 20th anniversary at Chelsea Piers' Pier 60.
The Program (C-CAP) was created in 1990 by celebrated cookbook author and educator Richard Grausman. Recognizing that many underserved high school students could flourish in the restaurant and hospitality industry, Grausman began working to enrich school culinary programs at the teacher's request. C-CAP puts educators on par with industry professionals by arming them with tools and the knowledge of proper techniques and identifies and nurtures talented students.
C-CAP acts like a guidance counselor for these promising students, matching them to the proper culinary institutions based on their GPA, skills and financial capability. About 160 students are offered a scholarship to their school of choice each year, after proving their worth to judges and top chefs in the annual C-CAP Cooking Competition.
In 2009, C-CAP generously awarded $3.2 million in scholarships. They also enable internship opportunities, job training and the ability to shadow high-profile chefs.
|One such chef who has welcomed these students into his kitchen is Marcus Samuelsson, the renowned Ethiopian-born mastermind behind such restaurants as Aquavit, Riingo and Merkato 55. As a longtime member of C-CAP's Board of Directors and strong supporter of their programs, Samuelsson was an easy choice for honoree of C-CAP's 20th Anniversary Benefit, and the first Board chef to receive such accolades.
Last November, Samuelsson was the guest chef at the White House for the Obama Administration's first State Dinner.
This year's event chairperson was Christina Grdovic, the VP/Publisher of Food & Wine, while CBS's Maurice Dubois acted as master of ceremonies. The walk-around tasting format allowed guests to sample special dishes prepared by more than 30 star chefs.
|Last Wednesday night in West Hollywood at the Chateau Marmont, Nicolas Berggruen hosted his 2010 annual party before the Oscars.|
|Photographs by ANN WATT (C-Cap) & PATRICKMCMULLAN.COM (Berggruen).|