Preparing a perfect crÍpe and Hunter’s chicken at Careers through Culinary Arts Program’s (C-CAP) Cooking Competition for Scholarships will help many local public high school students pay for culinary college.
Twenty-eight of Los Angeles public schools’ outstanding aspiring chefs were presented with more than $600,000 in scholarships by C-CAP Founder and President Richard Grausman the morning of Monday, June 2nd, during an awards ceremony hosted by the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills.
All 28 finalists impressed the city’s top chef judges during the 14th Annual C-CAP Los Angeles Cooking Competition for Scholarships recently held at the International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California — Los Angeles in Santa Monica by preparing from memory within a two-hour time limit a two-course French menu consisting of Poulet Chasseur avec Pommes de Terre Chateau (Hunter’s chicken with turned, sauteed potatoes) and CrÍpes Sucrees with CrËme Patissiere and Sauce au Chocolat (dessert crÍpes with pastry cream and chocolate sauce).
At the conclusion of the competition, students presented two plates of each dish to the panel of top chefs including: Neal Fraser, Grace and BLD; Douglas Dodd, Hotel Bel-Air; Aaron Robins, Boneyard Bistro; Richard Reilly, NestlÈ, USA; Roger Pigozzi, UCLA; Desi Szonntagh, Le Merigot Beach Hotel & Spa; Christophe Bernard, Art Institute of California-Los Angeles; Stanton Ho, Chocolates ý la Carte; and C-CAP graduates Raymond Alvarez, Border Grill; and Rigo Salas and Bobby Valdovinos, Four Seasons Hotel.
The teens were considered for a range of scholarships, valued at $500 to $80,000, to some of the most prestigious culinary schools in the country, including the nationally-recognized Culinary School of America, Johnson and Wales University, The Art Institutes, French Culinary Institute and New England Culinary Institute.
In addition, there were generous scholarships for local culinary colleges including Los Angeles Harbor Community College, Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Los Angeles Mission College and Glendale Community College.
Many students also received cash awards to help defray the costs of books, supplies, housing and other expenses.
In addition, C-CAP holds an annual one-day college seminar for its scholarship winners called “College 101: Intro to Campus Life,” providing them with the information and tools needed to transition from high school to college with the intention of improving their chances for success and graduation.