Chef José Andrés to be Honored at Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) Annual Benefit

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Chef José Andrés to be Honored

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


Grand Tasting Event Featuring Michelin Star and NYC’s Finest Chefs


Funds Programs that Transforms Lives of Underserved Youth through the Culinary Arts


NEW YORK, February 27, 2018 – José Andrés, internationally recognized culinary innovator, author, educator, television personality, humanitarian, and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup & minibar by José Andrés will be honored at C-CAP’s annual culinary event on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers. VIP admission begins at 5:45 p.m.  Andrés will receive the C-CAP Honors Award, an award granted to individuals within the culinary industry for exceptional leadership and achievements.


The Chair for this year’s Benefit is Kenneth A. Himmel, President & CEO of Related Urban. “We are thrilled to honor José Andrés for his remarkable contributions to the industry, for making the world a better place, and for his commitment to culinary innovation,” says Mr. Himmel.


Elior North America is the lead sponsor of the event, which will feature fabulous culinary tastings prepared by over 30 of the city’s finest chefs, including Chef Chair and C-CAP Board Co-Chair Marcus Samuelsson and Michelin Star Chefs José Andrés, Abram Bissell, Daniel Boulud, Markus Glocker, Alfred Portale, Thomas Keller, and Michael White, as well as C-CAP alumni Yvan Lemoine from Union Fare and Brother Luck from Four by Brother Luck (Colorado Springs, CO).  Assisting the chefs at the event will be more than 60 New York City C-CAP high school students and alumni.  Guests will enjoy featured wines provided by Wines from Spain. The festivities will include an auction with once-in-a-lifetime culinary, culture, and travel packages.  


Funds raised will support C-CAP, a national non-profit that provides underserved high school students with education and career opportunities through the culinary arts.


C-CAP changes lives by equipping underserved high school students with the skills they need to succeed in the culinary arts,” says Marcus Samuelsson. “C-CAP helps thousands of students across the country through education and career placement 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.


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


José Andrés was named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People” and received the 2018 Humanitarian Award by the James Beard Foundation. A pioneer of Spanish tapas in the United States, he is known for his avant-garde cuisine and his award-winning group of 28 restaurants throughout the country and beyond. His innovative minibar by José Andrés earned two Michelin stars and with that, José is the only chef globally that has both a two-star Michelin restaurant and four Bib Gourmands. Andrés’ work has earned numerous awards including the 2015 National Humanities Medal, one of 12 distinguished recipients of the award from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


WCBS-TV News Anchorman Maurice DuBois will be the Master of Ceremonies. The featured C-CAP alumni speaker will be Gabrielle Calle, who received C-CAP scholarships to attend the Culinary Institute of America and to study and work in Madrid, Spain. She has advanced in her career at such places as Gotham Bar & Grill, Union Square Cafe, and is currently the sous chef at Pier Sixty.  The event is coordinated by Gourmet Advisory Services.  


VIP Admission Tickets are $1,000, and General Admission Tickets are $600 (limited availability)

Participating Chefs and Restaurants Include: (as of 2/23/18)

Philip DeMaiolo, Abigail Kirsch

Jason Weiner and Alex Nieto, Almond

Cyril Renaud and Mazen Mustafa, Asiate

Markus Glocker and Julie Elkind, Bâtard

Daniel Boulud and Aaron Bludorn, Café Boulud

Carla Hall, Carla Hall

Bogdan Danila, The Clocktower

Vincent Cortese, Del Posto

Costas Spilliadis, Estiatorio Milos

Fortunato Nicotra, Felidia

Brother Luck*, Four by Brother Luck, Colorado Springs, CO

Scott Conant, Fusco

Alfred Portale, Gotham Bar and Grill

Miro Uskokovic, Gramercy Tavern

Manish Mehrotra, Indian Accent

Maria Loi, Loi Estiatorio

Kim Up Lim, Michael’s

Abram Bissell, The Modern

Matt Hoyle, Nobu 57

Bill Telepan, Oceana

Zene Flinn, Park Avenue Winter

Ashfer Biju, Perrine

Thomas Keller and Corey Chow, Per Se

Philippe Bertineau, The Polo Bar

Michael Lomonaco, Wayne Harley Brachman, and Daniel Rutledge, Porter House

Delfin Jaranilla, Quality Eats   

Sarabeth Levine, Sarabeth’s

Marcus Samuelsson, Red Rooster Harlem and Marcus B&P

Sherry Yard and Greg Power, The Tuck Room

José Andrés, ThinkFoodGroup

Austin Allan, Tio Gazpacho

Thomas Chen, Tuome

Yvan Lemoine*, Union Fare

Amanda Wilson, Union Square Cafe  

Chris Santos, Vandal

Michael White and Arthur Lee, Vaucluse

*C-CAP Alum

Past recipients of the C-CAP Honors Award include: Michael Anthony, Daniel Humm, Richard Parsons & Alexander Smalls, Michael White, Tony May, Michael McCarty, Michael Lomonaco, Marcus Samuelsson, Drew Nieporent, Alfred Portale, Lidia Bastianich, Thomas Keller, Charlie Palmer, Danny Meyer & Michael Romano, Daniel Boulud, Jacques Pépin, Egidiana & Sirio Maccioni, Nina & Tim Zagat, and Saul Zabar & Stanley Zabar.


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


Co-chaired by chef, author, and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) is a national non-profit that educates and guides underserved high school students toward a bright future. Through its holistic approach to culinary training and career exploration, C-CAP prepares students for the workplace through chef mentoring, field trips, job shadows, work experience and job skills, and college and career advising. Founded in 1990 by culinary educator and cookbook author Richard Grausman, C-CAP impacts over 17,500 students a year and has also awarded over $53 million in scholarships since its inception. Countless C-CAP alumni work throughout the country and are guiding the future leaders of the culinary and hospitality industry.

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Joyce Appelman, PH: 516-697-0319,

Chloe Mata Crane, PH: 212-300-7102,