SANTAN SUN NEWS STAFF
Some students in the Chandler Unified School District are showing they have the recipe for success in culinary arts.
Conner Andersen and Alexys Soto, who both attend Basha High School, are among the 38 distinguished culinary students from public high schools around Arizona who were given scholarships to continue studying culinary arts. They were recognized recently at the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) Arizona 25th Anniversary Awards Breakfast that Talking Stick Resort hosted. C-CAP Arizona Director Jill Smith, C-CAP President Karen Brosius and C-CAP Founder and Chairman Emeritus Richard Grausman also presented the event.
More than $430,000 in scholarships and educational opportunities were given to the students. Scholarships will pay for students to attend local culinary schools, as well as some the country’s most prestigious culinary schools. The scholarships range in value from $1,000 to more than $120,000. Some of the students also earned C-CAP Education Scholarships and cash awards they can use to pay for supplies, books, housing and other expenses while they attend another culinary school or a community college.
Andersen of Basha High School received the Harvest Moon Scholarship while Soto of Basha earned the Les Dames d’Escoffier Phoenix Chapter Barbara Ann Colleary Memorial Scholarship.
Also in the East Valley, Jennifer Arrieta Cruz, of the East Valley Institute of
Technology, and Rachael Litwiller, also of EVIT, earned scholarships. Arrieta Cruz earned the Silvana Salcido Esparza Industry Scholarship and Litwiller got the Johnson & Wales University Full-Tuition Scholarship. Nearby, Connor Millar of Mesa High School earned the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia Industry Scholarship.
Local supporters provided the scholarships, including Silvana Salcido Esparza of Barrio Café, Barrio Urbano and Barrio Café Gran Reserva; Billy Sims of Nine Degrees North Catering; Doug Robson of Gallo Blanco and Otro Café; and Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia.
At the awards event, Terri Verason of the Dairy Council of Arizona and Drew Stanton, an Arizona Cardinals quarterback, talked about the Fuel Up to Play 60/C-CAP Culinary Lab and presented $10,000 worth of scholarships.
Since Grausman started it in 1990, C-CAP has given more than $50 million in scholarships, as well as offered job training and internships, along with college and lifetime career support, teacher training and equipment donations to classrooms around the country. C-CAP works with more than 17,000 students around the country every year. Because of C-CAP’s support, many students find careers in the food service and hospitality fields.
This academic year, C-CAP Arizona has served 4,500 students who attend 50 public high schools. To learn more about the organization, visit ccapinc.org.