Founder of the Careers through Culinary Arts Program
Richard Grausman--cookbook author, culinary instructor and founder of C-CAP (Careers through the Culinary Arts Program) a school-to-career program that links public high schools to the foodservice industry--has won the nation's highest honor for volunteerism and the James Beard award for Humanitarianism for his work. The program started when Mr. Grausman visited a school in New York City looking to teach some basic cooking to kids as a way of broadening the taste of Americans in general. What he saw was many kids being left behind--prepared neither for college nor the job market. His program gives high school students life skills and culinary skills.
We have a national crisis in high school graduation rates. Only 68% of our high school students graduate. Among, disadvantaged and minority students, the rate is lower still. Students participating in this program have a higher graduation rate. Many stay in school because they want to remain in the program. Top chefs and restaurateurs like Daniel, Bouley, Danny Meyer and Thomas Keller work with the program and rave about it. Since its inception the program has been implemented in other cities including Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles.
Podcast Date: 8/16/2005