The Annual CCAP Benefit Raised Over $1,000,000 For Culinary Training and Educational Programs for Underserved Youth


Honors Chef José Andréand Hosts Grand Tasting

The Annual Benefit Raised Over $1,000,000 For Culinary Training and Educational Programs for Underserved Youth


On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, Chef José Andrés internationally recognized culinary innovator, author, educator, television personality, humanitarian, and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup & minibar by José Andrés was honored in front of 950 guests at the annual Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) Benefit. Chair for this year’s Benefit Ken Himmel, President & CEO of Related Urban, C-CAP Board Co-Chair and chef Marcus Samuelsson, and C-CAP Founder Richard Grausman presented the C-CAP Honors Award to Andrés, an award granted to individuals within the culinary industry forexceptional leadership and achievements.

This Grand Tasting raised over $1,000,000 to support C-CAP, a national non-profit that provides underserved high school students with education and career opportunities through the culinary arts. “C-CAP helps thousands of students across the country through education and career opportunities. As a chef and longtime supporter of C-CAP’s work, I have seen first-hand how this program benefits its remarkable students and the industry’s growing demand for skilled talent. C-CAP’s Benefit makes a huge difference in the lives of so many students,” says Marcus Samuelsson, C-CAP Board Co-Chair, author, and restaurateur.

Elior North America was the lead sponsor of the event that showcased cuisine from an all-star lineup of New York City’s hottest chefs and restaurateurs, including José Andrés, Marcus Samuelsson, Michelin Star Chefs, Abram Bissell, Daniel Boulud and Aaron BludornMarkus GlockerAlfred Portale, and Michael White; as well as C-CAP alumni Yvan Lemoine of Union Fare, and Brother Luck of Four by Brother Luck, Colorado Springs, CO.More than 60 New York City C-CAP high school students and alumni, eager to put their mark on the culinary world, assisted the chefs, with 25 more alumni serving as event ambassadors.


Topping the savory dishes were José Andréof ThinkFoodGroup’s 48 Month cured ham from the legendary free range, acorn-fed, black-footed Ibérico pigs of Spain; Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster Harlem and Marcus B &P’s Dorowat “Lasagne” – injera, rosemary ayib, crispy skin; Daniel Bouludand Aaron Bludorn of Café Boulud’s Smoked Alaskan salmon with horseradish yogurt, beets, pumpernickel; C-CAP Alum Yvan Lemoine of Union Fare’s Alaskan Salmon en croûte à la Paul Bocuse, Zenne Flinn of Park Avenue Winter’s Smoked mushrooms and Urbani Perigord truffle with hazelnuts on a corn johnnycake; Nueske’s bacon with peanut butter and jalapeño jelly presented by Delfin Jaranilla of Quality Eats.


Guests with a sweet tooth enjoyed Miroslav Uskokovic of Gramercy Tavern’s Old Fashioned coconut cake doughnuts with passion fruit glaze; Sarabeth Levine of Sarabeth’s Triple chocolate chocolate pudding; Markus Glocker and Julie Elkind of Bâtard’s Kumquat olive oil cake; Scott Conant of Fusco’s Tiramisu “Affogato”; Michael Lomonaco, Wayne Harley Brachman, Daniel Rutledge of Porter House New York’s Charleston coconut cake.


WCBS-TV News Anchorman Maurice DuBois was the Master of Ceremonies. The event also included a silent auction and a live auction by Sotheby’sauctioneer Eli Rodriquez and was coordinated by Gourmet Advisory Services.


The C-CAP Honors Award is an original stainless steel sculpture by Philip Grausman, of a germinating fava bean, symbolizing C-CAP’s budding culinary students.  Chefs all over the world know that there is a lot of delicate care and handling that goes into the preparation of fava beans, and C-CAP recognized the care and interest Chef Andrés has in the mentoring of C-CAP students.


C-CAP Founder and Chairman Emeritus Richard Grausman has had an enormous impact on the lives of thousands of students and the foodservice industry.C-CAP saluted Richard in celebration of his 80th birthday and recognized his tireless efforts in transforming lives through the culinary arts.


Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) is a non-profit that provides career opportunities for underserved youth through culinary arts education and employment.


Event Details:


Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) Annual Benefit 2018


Pier 60, Chelsea Piers, New York City


Tuesday, February 27, 2018


Chef José Andrés internationally recognized culinary innovator, author, educator, television personality,

humanitarian, and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup & minibar                              

Event Chair:  

Kenneth A. Himmel, President & CEO of Related Urban.              

Chef Chair:                            

Marcus Samuelsson, Chef and Owner of Red Rooster Harlem and Marcus B&P; C-CAP Board of Directors Co-Chair


Joyce Appelman

National Communications Director
Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP)