Jean-Marie Lacroix Joins Judging Panel for C-CAP Cooking Competition

Finalists representing 11 public high schools from across the region will compete against the clock when C-CAP re-creates the intensity of a restaurant kitchen for the high school seniors to face off in a savory and sweet challenge. Within a two-hour time limit, each competitor will prepare, from memory, a two-course French meal: hunter’s chicken with tourné potatoes and dessert crepes with pastry cream and chocolate sauce.

Jean-Marie LacroixStudents will not only be critiqued on their dish’s taste and presentation, but also on their organization, sanitation, work flow, timing, techniques and skills. This year’s esteemed judges are:

  • Jean-Marie Lacroix, Brulee Catering
  • Daniel Stern, R2L
  • Jason Cichonski, Ela
  • Sylva Senat, Dos Tacos  (C-CAP Alum)
  • Ligia Richter, Chugar Bakery
  • Drew DiTomo, Amis (Vetri Family)
  • Aliza Green, Material Culture, Baba Olga’s Supper Club
  • Chip Roman, Blackfish
  • Susan Robbins, C-CAP President
  • Richard Grausman, C-CAP Founder

The competitors were chosen on the basis of their performance in the preliminary competition, academic records, a personal essay, and their desire to pursue post-secondary education and to forge careers in the food service industry. Students will be competing for scholarship awards and opportunities including full- and partial-tuition scholarships to premier local culinary colleges and to some of the most prestigious culinary schools in the country.

The event will take place Wednesday, April 6th 9AM-11:00AM at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill (4207 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA). Judging will take place at 11:30AM.

The results of the C-CAP Philadelphia Region Cooking Competition for Scholarships will be revealed to participants at the annual C-CAP Philadelphia Awards Breakfast on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 9:00-11:30am at the Union League of Philadelphia, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA.

James Beard Award-winning Chef Lacroix has been a mentor for Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) since the organization began over 25 years ago. C-CAP honored Chef Lacroix at their signature event last November at Moulin ‘IGNITE…Firing up Tomorrow’s Chefs’ and he is honored be a chef in this year’s competition on April 6, 2016.

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