The C-CAP Annual Benefit in March is a highlight of the year: a chance to celebrate a chef for his unmatched contribution to the culinary world; a chance to identify a role model for our students and alumni; and a chance to show C-CAP supporters our chefs’ glorious food. In short, an amazing night! This year, we are thrilled to announce that we will be honoring the extraordinary Chef Michael White! The event will be chaired by his visionary business partner, Ahmass Fakahany.
Like many of our C-CAP students, Chef White discovered his calling for cooking, followed his passion, and transformed his life. Traveling from his native Wisconsin to Chicago, he began his culinary journey at the flagship Italian restaurant, Spiaggia. Like our C-CAP students, mentorship made all the difference in White’s life, working under culinary giant Chef Paul Bartolotta in the kitchens of Spiaggia. White attended Kendall College then followed his heart and his mentor’s lead to Italy to learn Italian cuisine and culture from the inside out. White spent seven years in Italy, working and learning at the legendary Ristorante San Domenico in Imola before returning to Chicago as Chef de Cuisine at Spiaggia, the very restaurant that gave him his start. From there, White moved to New York and became Executive Chef at Fiamma Osteria.
Then, in 2007, White’s life would change forever when he partnered with businessman and former Merrill Lynch & Co. President and COO Ahmass Fakahany to open Due Terre in New Jersey. Together, the pair began an enviable, highly-ranked fleet of restaurants, all with the unique combination of superlative Italian cuisine and easy, mid-Western hospitality. From the elegance of Marea to the comfort of Nicoletta; from the class of Ai Fiori to the warmth of Osteria Morini, White keeps garnering stars and awards for his work. The spread of restaurants in White and Fakahany’s Altamarea Group now stretches from New York to Hong Kong, with stops in Istanbul, London and New Jersey.
Chef White’s new cookbook, Classico e Moderno, was released this week to great acclaim. Publisher Weekly says, “…this cookbook is a masterpiece of culinary acumen and perfection in presentation.” Can’t wait to get your copy? Your purchase of a top-level VIP ticket for the 2014 Annual Benefit will include a copy of this cookbook masterpiece signed by Chef Michael White himself! Call Emily at C-CAP to reserve your tickets (and your cookbook!) today at 646-790-4505.
A visionary, a self-starter, and an extraordinary talent, we are so proud to be honoring Chef Michael White. To hear more exciting updates on our extraordinary chef and the evening we’re planning in his honor.