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Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) held their annual C-CAP Spring Benefit last week at Chelsea Pier’s Pier 60, honoring Chef Daniel Humm.

Chef Daniel Humm, executive chef and co-owner of Eleven Madison Park and The Nomad, received the C-CAP Honors Award, an award granted to individuals within the culinary industry, for his exceptional leadership and achievements.

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The Chair for this year’s event was Will Guidara, co-owner of Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad, who introduced Humm in a heartfelt manner having worked together for over ten years. Other notable C-CAP members included Chef Chair Marcus Samuelsson, Vice Chairs Mark Weiss and Susan and Richard Grausman, and Master of Ceremonies Maurice DuBois of WCBS-TV News.

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Aside from the delicious food, one of the highlights of the night was the live auction run by Auctioneer Billy Harris. This year’s live auction included lavish culinary trips to India and Switzerland, as well a private dinner hosted by Marcus Samuelsson and his team at your home for 14 people, and a 32-person private dinner at Daniel Humm’s Eleven Madison Park. Needless to say, these auction items raised tens of thousands of dollars to go towards C-CAP and their programming.

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“The benefit this year was the most successful in C-CAP’s history, bringing in over $1,200,000, the most we’ve ever raised in a single night,” said Susan Robbins, C-CAP’s President. “Having Marcus Samuelsson and Mark Weiss, as Co-Chairs of of our Board, building upon the work of our Founder Richard Grausman has been a winning combination for C-CAP this year. Chef Samuelsson truly understands the importance of culinary education and the demand for skilled talent in the industry today. He has been a great mentor and leader to C-CAP students and graduates, and we look forward to C-CAP’s continued growth.”

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The evening featured amazing tastings from over forty renowned chefs from New York City with assistance from more than 60 C-CAP high school students and alumni.

Here are a few highlights of all the many outstanding dishes:

Almond‘s Jason Weiner and Alex Nieto plated a small piece of bacon that packed a huge punch of flavor, smoked with paprika and topped with avocado. Another one of the best bites of the night was from Benoit: escargot atop a light puff pastry doused with buttery garlic parsley.

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Marcus Samuelsson and his Streetbird team came prepared with to-go boxed of spicy udon noodles with shredded brisket cooled with apple, cucumber, and a black bean soy vinaigrette.

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For some beautiful greens, Andrew Whitcomb of Colonie topped charred bread with burrata and spring peas. Kyung Up Lim of Michael’s whipped up white and green asparagus with parmesan, peas, and a thinly sliced layer of proscuitto. Nickolas Martinez from Forager’s served a healthy plate of microgreens with shitake mushrooms, olives, herbs, and Bulgarian feta.

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For dishes with Asian influence, Cafe Boulud with Daniel Boulud, Aaron Aludorn, and Cesar Gutierrez served yuzu cured sea trout with soy and sesame atop a rice cracker. Yuhi Fujinaga, formerly of Sea Grill, served a portion of his delicious hamachi tonkotsu ramen.

Similarly to last year, there was a constant line for Michael Tong‘s famous Shun Lee Palace Peking duck buns. Manish Mehrotra of Indian Accent served a colorful bowl of Dal Moradabadi.

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Melba Wilson of Melba’s presented us with skewers of country catfish with a chipotle dipping sauce. Rich Torrisi and Dai Matsuda of Dirty French served duck rillette with creole mustard. Carla Hall‘s Southern Kitchen served hot chicken with pickles. Abram Bissell‘s The Modern had a warmed poached egg in a cup topped with black truffle.

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There were a great number of seafood dishes, all of which were presented differently. Alexander Smalls and JJ Johnson of The Cecil served an Afro/Asian/American gumbo with a mix of smoked chicken, Chinese chicken, sausage, gulf shrimp, and crab. The Clocktower served fluke crudo with yuzu mustard and dill.

Daniel Humm‘s Eleven Madison Park served sea urchin cappuccino with crab and apple. Oceana served Norwegian fjord trout with bell peppers, potatoes, and smoked paprika. Pearl and Ash served Long Island fluke with marscapone and potato vinaigrette.

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For a touch of dessert, Gotham Bar and Grill served up a light dessert of Tahitian vanilla parfait and sorbet. Dan Barber of Blue Hill malted yogurt with savory granola and marmalade.

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Funds raised from the event will support the C-CAP’s mission of providing job training, scholarships, education, career opportunities and lifetime career guidance in the culinary arts to disadvantaged youth.

For more information, visit the website at www.ccapinc.org, Instagram at @ccapinc, Twitter at @ccapinc, and Facebook at CCAPinc Facebook.


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Photos by Kathryn Cooper Photography, Annie Watt Photography, and by Socially Superlative