The Careers through Culinary Arts Program or C-Cap was started in 1990 and provides cooking competitions for scholarships, job training and internships, teacher support, college advising, lifetime career guidance, and product donations to classrooms. They work with over 150 public high schools, 220 teachers, and 17,000 students annually. Today, C-CAP operates in seven locations across the country. New York City remains the headquarters while the other programs are Arizona (statewide); Chicago; Hampton Roads, Virginia; and the Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Regions.
Founders of the program volunteered their time and experience to start this program in Arizona back in 1991. Chef mentors Rick Sederholt (our very own Director of Food & Beverage), Christopher Gross, and Michael DeMaria with direction of the local Directors Beth Van Bieber and Barbara Colleary started training high school teachers and lecturing high school students to compete for scholarships awarded by C-CAP. The Chef Mentors went in to schools that adopted the program converting their existing Home Economics program into a professional development scholarship program for their students. Chef Sederholt became the lead mentor and coordinated all of the competitions every year.
Rick Sederholt, along with three other industry professionals, founded the Arizona chapter. He was very recently awarded the Founders Award by C-Cap. This award was presented by C-CAP President, Richard Grausman and Local Coordinator, Jill Smith in appreciation for the years of dedication and the vision to helping young culinarians see their dreams come true.