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C-CAP LA 2014 Dinner Party Series

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 Students from Hoover High School volunteering at the C-CAP Fundraiser Dinner at DOMA are getting ready to serve the Blood Orange Tarts to guests.image2

Students from Hoover High School volunteers serving to C-CAP LA Advisory Board Members.

Photo Credit: Suzanna Mkrtchyan

C-CAP LA 2013 College 101

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Every year C-CAP Los Angeles holds a College 101 event for its scholarship recipients to help prepare them for their transition to college and the workforce.

This year’s College 101 was hosted by The Art Institute of California – Los Angeles.  The students were able to hear from these amazing speakers:  Deljah Dickson, Author, Freshman 101: A Road Map and Journal to Surviving Your First Year of College; Randy Fuhrman, CEO, Randy Fuhrman Events; Mark Hobbs, CTE Transitions Specialist, LA Mission College; Clotee McAfee, Chief Visionary Officer, STITCHES TECHNOLOGY: Sewn Products Business and Career Center, Inc.; Tim McGrath, Executive Chef/Owner, Cook’s Gathering (who also prepared lunch for everyone); Andrea Michaels, President/Owner, Extraordinary Events; and Doria Pomrenke, Graduate and Competition & College Advisor, C-CAP LA.

 

2013 ‘Cooking Up Change’

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Cooking Up Change® is a national contest from Healthy Schools Campaign that challenges high school students to create a great-tasting lunch that meets nutrition standards on a tight budget, using only ingredients commonly available for school food service. 

This year C-CAP LA’s West Adams Preparatory High School students José Landaverde, Maribel Sandoval (a 2013 C-CAP LA scholarship winner) and Esther Segura were sent to the National Finals in Washington, D.C. to represent the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

 

 

LOS ANGELES AREA PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

TURNED FLOUR INTO GOLD

EARNED OVER $520,000 IN CULINARY SCHOLARSHIPS AND OPPORTUNITIES

AWARDED BY CAREERS THROUGH CULINARY ARTS PROGRAM (C-CAP)

–C-CAP AWARDS OVER $3,000,000 NATIONWIDE—

 

Los Angeles, CA—Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) President Susan Robbins, Founder & Chairman Richard Grausman, and C-CAP LA Director Mitzie Cutler awarded over $520,000 in scholarships and cash awards to high school seniors from Culver City, Glendale, Los Angeles, and Pasadena Unified School Districts during the awards ceremony hosted by The Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.

Aarti Sequeira

Aarti Sequeira

Aarti Sequeira, the winner of the sixth season of Food Network‘s reality television show, The Next Food Network Star, host of Aarti Party and the Cooking Channel’s Taste in Translation, was the guest speaker at the event. Keith Roberts, Executive Chef at The Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel and longtime supporter of C-CAP LA, also welcomed the students.

Keith Roberts

Chef Keith Roberts

Hard work, good grades, and a lot of broken eggs paid off for Micaela Miranda from Carson High School who won the Johnson & Wales University Full-Tuition Scholarship for the Bachelor’s Degree valued at $104,448. Kristen Hernandez from Glendale High School earned the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) Full-Tuition Scholarship for the Associate’s Degree valued at $51,800. Gabriela Diaz from Van Nuys High School was awarded The International Culinary School at The Art Institute Hollywood Full-Tuition Scholarship for the Associate’s Degree valued at $49,710. Granada Hills High School’s Kyle Smith was awarded The International Culinary School at The Art Institute Orange County Scholarship for the Associate’s Degree valued at $46,620, while Julia Santos earned the Le Cordon Bleu Scholarship for the Associate’s Degree valued at $36,200. Karl Kauhola from Blair High School received the International Culinary Center of CA Full-Tuition for the Certificate, $29,700. Salvador Avila from Banning High School received the Monroe College Full-Tuition Scholarship for the Bachelor’s Degree $48,192.

Lucila Flores from Marshall High School won $5,000 for first place in the national C-CAP Meatless Monday Chili Recipe Contest and was awarded the New England Culinary Institute Certificate Program Scholarship valued at $6,200.

Scholarships awarded ranged in value from $500 to $104,000 and included some of the most prestigious local culinary schools including: Academy of Culinary Education (ACE), Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom, Glendale Community College, The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Hollywood, The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Los Angeles, The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Orange County, The International Culinary Center of California, and Westlake Culinary Institute.

Students also received scholarships from local organizations and foundations including: Fresh & Ready Foods, Lacewing Foundation, Les Dames d’Escoffier International – Los Angeles & Orange County Chapters, Mrs. Cubbison’s, Ronald Newburg Foundation, and Wells Fargo.

Some students also received C-CAP Education Scholarships to help defray the costs of tuition, books, supplies, housing, and other expenses while at community college or another culinary school.

On May 3rd, at LA Mission College, 24 finalists representing their public high schools competed against the clock when C-CAP re-created the intensity of a four-star restaurant kitchen for the high school seniors to face off in a savory and sweet challenge.   Within a two-hour time limit, each competitor prepared a two-course French meal from memory— Sûpreme Poulet Chasseur avec Pommes Château  (Hunter’s Chicken with Turned, Sautéed Potatoes) and Crêpes Sucrées with Crème Pâtissière and Sauce au Chocolat (Dessert Crepes with Pastry Cream and Chocolate Sauce).

The Competitors

C-CAP Los Angeles Class of 2013 Finalists

The students were judged on the presentation of the dishes, knife skills, techniques in the kitchen, taste, sanitary food handling, and timeliness by professionals working in the industry including:

Christophe Bernard, The International Culinary School at The Art Institute – Los Angeles
Eric Crowley, Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom
Barbara Fairchild, Real Eats
Brock Kleweno, Yamashiro
Tim McGrath, Cooks Gathering
Aaron Robins, Boneyard Bistro
Rigo Salas, C-CAP Alum, Don’t Tell Mama
Amar Santana, Broadway by Amar Santana
Richard Grausman, Founder & Chairman of C-CAP
Susan Robbins, President of C-CAP
The pantheon of judges

The judges

The C-CAP Cooking Competition for Scholarships is the culmination of the C-CAP high school program for underserved teenagers at-risk of leaving high school without job or college prospects. The C-CAP program offers direction, a set of useful skills, scholarships, and the potential for a fulfilling career in a growing industry.

 

2013 LOS ANGELES SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS LIST:

CULVER CITY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Culver City High School

Jacob Zeiss, Lacewing Foundation Scholarship to Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom, $2,500

GLENDALE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Glendale High School

Kristen Hernandez, Culinary Institute of America (CIA) Full-Tuition Scholarship for the Associates Degree, $51,800, C-CAP Education Scholarship $1,000, C-CAP LA CIA Community College Stipend, $625, Total: $53,425

Hoover High School

Kelly Crockett, The International Culinary School at The Art Institute Los Angeles – Baking and Pastry Diploma, $28,490

LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Banning High School

Salvador Avila, Monroe College Full-Tuition Scholarship for the Bachelors Degree $48,192, Elissa & Rick Phillips Scholarship, $1,000, Total: $49,192

Heidi Colin, Ronald Newburg Foundation Scholarship, $4,000, C-CAP Education Award for Knives $250, Total: $4,250

Carson High School

Micaela Miranda, Johnson & Wales University Full-Tuition Scholarship for Bachelors Degree $104,448, Wells Fargo Scholarship $1,000, Total: $105,448

Granada Hills Charter High School

Jacob Bliss, Mrs. Cubbison’s Scholarship, $2,500

Julia Santos, Le Cordon Bleu Scholarship for Associates Degree, $36,200

Kyle Smith, The International Culinary School at The Art Institute Orange County Scholarship for the Associates Degree, $46,620

Marshall High School

Lucila Flores, New England Culinary Institute Certificate Program Scholarship, $6,200, C-CAP Education Scholarship, $1,000, The C-CAP Meatless Monday Scholarship, $5,000, Total: $12,200

Narbonne High School

Fany Canales, Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom Scholarship, $2,500

Polytechnic High School

Melissa Montes, Ronald Newburg Foundation Scholarship $4,000, C-CAP LA Advisory Board Scholarship $2,000, Total: $6,000

Cyrus Pozos, Westlake Culinary Institute Scholarship $4,750, Ronald Newburg Foundation Scholarship $1,000, Total: $5,750

Sun Valley High School

Adriana Guzman, Sandra MacDonald Scholarship, $3,000, Les Dames d’ Escoffier International – LA & OC Chapters Scholarship, $500, Glendale Community College Matching Scholarship $500, C-CAP Education Scholarship $500, C-CAP Education Award for Knives $250, Total: $4,750

Cynthia Villaseñor, Ronald Newburg Foundation Scholarship, $3,000

Sylmar High School

Stacey Palomera, Ronald Newburg Foundation Scholarship, $2,000

Van Nuys High School

Janet Ayaquil, Academy of Culinary Education Scholarship, $5,850

Gabriela Diaz, The International Culinary School at The Art Institute Hollywood Full-Tuition Scholarship for Associates Degree, $49,710

West Adams Preparatory High School

Maribel Sandoval, Lacewing Foundation Scholarship to Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom, $2,500, C-CAP Education Award for Knives $250, Total: $2,750

Isabella Serrano, Fresh & Ready Foods Scholarship to Los Angeles Trade Tech College, $1,500, Lee Ann & Melvin Jacobs Scholarship to Los Angeles Trade Tech College $1,500, C-CAP Education Award for Knives, $250, Total: $3,250

Westchester High School

Orlanda De’Paz, Diane & Paul Mohilef Scholarship, $2,000

Damoriae Graham, The International Culinary School at The Art Institute Los Angeles Full -Tuition Scholarship for Associates Degree, $46,620

PASADENA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Blair High School

Mayra Cinta, Le Cordon Bleu Full-Tuition Certificate Program Scholarship, $19,200

Karl Kauhola, International Culinary Center of CA Full-Tuition for the Certificate, $29,700, Ronald Newburg Foundation Scholarship, $1,000, Total: $30,700

 

ABOUT C-CAP

Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) works with public schools nationwide to prepare underserved high school students for college and career opportunities in the restaurant and hospitality industry.

In Los Angeles for the 2012-2013 academic year, C-CAP impacted the lives of over 3,000 students in 21 public schools working with 23 teachers through training, career services and scholarships. C-CAP provides training and curriculum enrichment programs including: job training and internships, professional development for teachers, college and career advising, and culinary competitions that lead to culinary school scholarships.

A national nonprofit organization founded in 1990 by well-known culinary educator and author, Richard Grausman, C-CAP manages the largest independent culinary scholarship program in the United States and has awarded high school students $40 million in scholarships and donated $2.8 million worth of supplies and equipment to classrooms.

 

Photo Credit: Ed Krieger

 

 


 

 

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