CAREERS THROUGH CULINARY ARTS PROGRAM (C-CAP)

Providing underserved teens a pathway to success through culinary arts

aka C-CAP   |   New York, NY   |  www.ccapinc.org

Mission

Long co-chaired by chef Marcus Samuelsson, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) is a workforce development nonprofit that provides underserved teens a pathway to success. Annually, C-CAP provides culinary, job and life skills to over 20,000 middle-and-high school students in six cities/regions across the United States: New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC/Maryland and Arizona, including 7 Navajo Reservation schools.

Ruling year info

1992

Executive Director

Ms. Tanya Steel

Main address

33 West 60th Street 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10023 USA

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EIN

13-3662917

NTEE code info

Employment, Job Related N.E.C. (J99)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

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Our programs

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Cooking Competition & Scholarships

High school students train for months for the annual C-CAP Cooking Competitions. The challenge: prepare dishes to demonstrate students’ culinary, safety and sanitation, and presentation skills in a timed competition. The reward: a chance to win scholarships to attend college/post-secondary schools around the nation.

Many of our students dream of attending culinary school, but lack the means to make it possible. C-CAP is proud to run the largest independent culinary/hospitality scholarship program in the country, allowing these students to further their education without incurring unmanageable debt.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adolescents

Our Job Training and Internship Program provides intensive training in kitchen skills including knife cuts, food and equipment identification, safety and sanitation, as well as soft skills, such as communication, time management, and problem solving. Training is followed by a paid internship in a professional kitchen, where students gain critical job skills and experiences.

Population(s) Served
Students

Going to college can feel overwhelming, which is why C-CAP’s college advising program is critical. We work with our students to navigate the application process and incur minimal debt, teach them how to research and apply for financial aid, and guide them through graduation.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Students

To support our students and alumni as they climb the career ladder, we host career exploration events, such as job shadows, financial and business guidance, chef panels, field trips, and community networking events. Additionally, we are expanding our alumni scholarship opportunities. Our alumni have the chance to study in France, embark on a culinary experience with acclaimed chefs in Japan or Spain, and further their education.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

C-CAP provides support for high school culinary teachers to refresh and deepen their skills and to encourage high-quality classroom instruction through our National Teachers Conference, teacher trainings, and classroom demonstrations. In addition, C-CAP coordinates donations from industry sponsors to supply much-needed equipment and ingredients to under-resourced classrooms.

Population(s) Served
Academics

Where we work

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2019)

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Number of partner schools

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Students

Related Program

Cooking Competition & Scholarships

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of academic scholarships awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Adolescents

Related Program

Cooking Competition & Scholarships

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

C-CAP aims to create a pathway for underserved teens to have successful careers in culinary and hospitality.

C-CAP prepares and guides underserved youth for culinary, hospitality, and food-related careers by:

• Curriculum Enrichment and Teacher Professional Development: C-CAP provides cooking demonstrations for students and teacher professional development opportunities to strengthen teachers’ culinary and teaching skills and to keep them up-to-date on the latest trends; thus enhancing their teaching in the classrooms for C-CAP students.

• Career Awareness, Exploration and Advising: C-CAP works with our students and alumni as they climb the career ladder, introducing them to the industry and the opportunities that are available, as well as giving them hands-on, professional work experience. C-CAP sponsors site visits to professional kitchens, farms, and/or other food-related companies and provides networking opportunities at impressive events. C-CAP also provides resume suggestions, interview tips, negotiation strategies, and business plan and contract reviews.

• College Advising and Cooking Competitions for Scholarships: Transitioning C-CAP students to college and/or the workforce is challenging since most of our partner schools lack adequate guidance resources. Through group and one-on-one counseling, C-CAP educates underserved students in college options with minimal debt, as well as teaches them how to research and apply for loans and financial aid. C-CAP also conducts cooking competitions for college scholarships and provides guidance to all scholarship recipients throughout their post-secondary education, helping to ensure their success.

Annually, C-CAP provides culinary, job and life skills to over 20,000 middle-and-high school students in six cities/regions across the United States: New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC/Maryland and Arizona, including 7 Navajo Reservation schools.

Over the last three decades, C-CAP has a distinguished track-record and is extremely proud of its alumni successes. Some alumni have become restaurant owners, executive chefs, executive pastry chefs, and private chefs, and others have gone on to compete on noted television cooking shows. What remains is to continue building relationships with foundations to grow and diversity C-CAP's base of support.

Financials

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CAREERS THROUGH CULINARY ARTS PROGRAM (C-CAP)

Board of directors
as of 11/28/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Marcus Samuelsson

Marcus Samuelsson Group


Board co-chair

Jeffrey Samuels

Paul Weiss

Term: 2022 -

Melvin Ginsberg

Melvin Ginsberg & Associates

Jeffrey Samuels

Paul Weiss

Danyelle Freeman

RestaurantGirl.com

Richard Grausman

Deborah Grausman

Doug Hsieh

Avero

Michael Stillman

Quality Branded

Idehen (I.D) Aruede

Whitney Museum of American Art

Maria Vainer

J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Marco Ceglie

Fillippo Berio/SALOV

Barbara Fairchild

Mark Kornblau

NBCUniversal News Group

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/29/2021

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Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
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