C-CAP celebrates in New York; West Hollywood nights

The Careers through Culinary Arts Program celebrated its 20th anniversary at Chelsea Piers' Pier 60.
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.
C-CAP graduates.
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.
Johanna Pruess, Bill Levine from Sarabeth, and Bob Labe
Lauren Cochran, Alexandra Galasso, and Suzanne Cochran
Al Stephens and Christine Lugo
Dr. Lucy M. Guglielmino and Neil Wolfson
Christina Grdovic, Marcus Samuelsson, and Dana Cowin
Wendy Fisher, Shaun Hergatt, and Brie Wilson
Alex Ray, Alison Veinote, Katie Wintemberg, and Jacqueline Peuble
Neil Wolfson
Jennifer Grausman and Deborah Grausman
Sarabeth Levine and Stanley Zabar
Allison Burns-Ferro
Richard, Deborah, and Susan Grausman
Ja-Laurel of Sarabeth
Eric Lemonides and Christina Grdovic
Susan Grausman and Mikel Witte
Joyce Appelman and Bob Lape
Loring Swasey, Sharon Sager, and Ashley Wright
Marcus Samuelsson and Richard Grausman
Anna Parlet, Lindsay Appelman, and Pastry Chef Dominique Ansel
Alan Stewart, Bob Mann, Barbara Mann, and Stanley Zabar
Christina Grdovic of Food and Wine Magazine
Jonathan Waxman and Tracey Zabar
Lindsay Appelman and Rita Jammet
Lindsay Appelman and Anna Parlet
Stephanie Desir, Fatoumata Dembele, and Maurice Dubois
Ike and Ellen Kier, Rick Grausman, and Susan Grausman
Alfred Portale
Rita and John Ryan
Joyce Appelman and Francine Cohen
Andrea Daniels and Bob Berger
Christina Grdovic and Marcus Samuelsson
Stan and Gail Bliefer
Cecilia Carter, Marvin Campbell, and Judge Adrienne Lotson
Sophia Gethers and Richard Grausman
Last Wednesday night in West Hollywood at the Chateau Marmont, Nicolas Berggruen hosted his 2010 annual party before the Oscars.
Troy Garrity, Peggy Siegal, Jane Fonda, and Richard Perry
China Chow
Stephen Dorff and Tommy Alastra
Chris Albrecht, Montana Coady, James Van Der Beek, and Kimberly Brook
Mini Anden
Dennis Basso, Jamie Tisch, and Michael Cominotto
James Van Der Beek and Kimberly Brook
Allegra Pesenti and Farhad Farman-Farmaian
Chelsea Salmon and Nicolas Berggruen
Lucas Haas and Franky Levangie
Lydia Hearst and Nicole Hanley
Amanda Goldberg and Liz Goldwyn
Casper Adams and Catherine Fulmer
John Waters
Bianca Pratt, Christopher Getty, Matthew Mellon, and Nicole Hanley
Cynthia Wornham, Ann Philbin, Michael Govan, and Katherine Ross
Jerry Ferrara
Guinevere Van Seenus
Aura Cercel and Corina Marinescu
Alexis Sailor and Belinda Padilla
Gary Gilbert and Nathalie Walker
Jamie Tisch, Todd Meister, and Nellee Hooper
Julia Berdin, Dori Cooperman, and Danielle Levine
Devon Aoki
Bonnie and Caroline Damore
Franky Levangie and Gigi Levangie Grazer
Michelle Ouellet and Dangerous Dan
Happy Massee, Nadine Johnson, and Donovan Leitch
Christopher Getty and Bianca Pratt
Camila Olsson and Mark Leder
John Flanagan, Cecilia Peck, and Daniel Voll
Chris Coats
Laura Bickford and Richard Herning
Yves Behar
Carlos Souza and Andrea Dellal
Jane Morton, Mili Damnjanovic, and Emily Smith
Julie Henderson, Justin Melnick, and Katie Parfet
Orian Williams and Donovan Leitch
Kahi Lee, Stephanie Chao, and Mary Kitchen
Duncan Roy
Mike Medavoy, Irena Medovoy, Charles Perez, and Danica Perez
Olivia Sylvan, Amanda Irby, Esther Levy, Brie Harding, and Pernilla Fransander
Jan Milewicz
Liz Goldwyn, Sigrid De L'Epine, and Guinevere Van Seenus
Simone and Troy Garrity
Will Kopelman, Loree Rodkin, and John Kaplan
Jeffrey Soros, Taylor Stein, and Albert Haje
Theo Bottoms, Jan Milewicz, and Clara Bottoms
Nicole Hanley and Matthew Mellon
Taya Ladame and Nathan Rover
Sarah Howard and Ali Wise
Jason Pomeranc, Bee Poku, and Degen Pener
Samantha Ronson and Brent Bolthouse
Sam Orlofsky
Taya Ladame, Nathan Rover, Will Kopelman, and John Kaplan
Nazy and Fardad Fateri
Sarah Deanna and Shay Londre
Belinda Johnson
Sonia Cole
Nicolas Berggruen and Bob Shaye
Priscilla Woolworth and Paul Stephaich
Nicholas Lemons
Sante D'Orazio and Natalie Kill
Rob Levy
Ricki Noel Lander and Ed Razek
Riccardo Ruini and Happy Massee

Photographs by ANN WATT (C-Cap) & PATRICKMCMULLAN.COM (Berggruen).

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