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February 9th, 2016

by Joyce Appelman

Acclaimed Chef Daniel Humm to Receive the C-CAP Honors Award at Annual Benefit


Over Forty Chefs Gather for a Grand Tasting to Honor Humm and Raise Funds for Culinary Scholarships and Educational Programs


Daniel Humm, executive chef and co-owner of Eleven Madison Park and The Nomad, will be honored at the annual Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP)  benefit on Wednesday, March 9, at Chelsea Piers’ Pier Sixty. Humm will receive the C-CAP Honors Award, an award granted to individuals within the culinary industry for exceptional leadership and achievements.  Funds raised will support the national not-for-profit’s mission of providing job training, scholarships, education, career opportunities and lifetime career guidance in the culinary arts to disadvantaged youth.

The event will feature tastings from forty-three renowned chefs from around New York City including Markus Glocker of Bâtard, Dan Barber of Blue Hill NY & Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Jason Atherton & Ross of The Clocktower, Rich Torrisi of Dirty French, Gabriel Kreuther of Gabriel Kreuther, and Jose Garces of Amada NYC. Assisting the chefs will be more than 60 New York City C-CAP high school students and alumni, eager to put their mark on the culinary world.

The Chair for this year’s event is Will Guidara, co-owner of Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad. The Vice Chairs are Mark Weiss and Susan and Richard Grausman, and the Chef Chair will be Marcus Samuelsson.  WCBS-TV News Anchorman Maurice DuBois will be the Master of Ceremonies. The festivities will include both a live and silent auction run by Auctioneer Billy Harris.

“C-CAP transforms lives by arming at-risk youth with the skills they need to succeed in culinary arts,” said Susan Robbins, C-CAP’s President.  “The new co-chairs of C-CAP’s Board of Directors Marcus Samuelsson and Mark Weiss are overseeing the Benefit to ensure that C-CAP continues to help thousands of qualified students across the country, from culinary education in high schools to career placement assistance upon graduation.  We are so proud to note that since 1990, we have awarded over $46 million in scholarships and will continue to nurture the next generation of star chefs.”

“We are thrilled to honor Daniel Humm for his remarkable achievements and contributions to the industry and his commitment to culinary innovation,” said Richard Grausman, C-CAP’s Founder and Chairman Emeritus. “I never dreamed that my idea in 1990 to teach French cooking in twelve New York City public schools would become what it is today. We now have thousands of C-CAP alumni across the globe demonstrating the true potential in all of us and impacting the lives of a whole new generation of chefs. I’m so proud of each and every one of our students – they continue to impress me every day.” 

Humm, a native of Switzerland, began his cooking career when he was only 14 years old. After spending time in the finest Swiss kitchens, including Restaurant Pont de Brent, where he met his mentor, Chef Gérard Rabaey, Humm moved to the Unites States in 2003. He worked as executive chef at San Francisco’s Campton Place, before moving to New York in 2006 to work with Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group. In 2011, Humm and his partner, Will Guidara, acquired Eleven Madison Park from USHG. Currently, Humm is the executive chef and co-owner of Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad; both restaurants have earned Michelin stars. Humm creates modern, sophisticated cuisine that emphasizes purity, simplicity, and seasonal ingredients. A classicist who embraces contemporary gastronomy, Humm’s delicate and precise cooking style is expressed through constantly evolving menus that celebrate New York State’s rich terroir.  

“The benefit is our most powerful way in one evening to make a huge difference in the lives of so many young students,” says Marcus Samuelsson, C-CAP’s Board of Directors Co-Chair, and this year’s benefit Chef Chair. “As a chef and longtime supporter of C-CAP’s work, this is an extraordinary program that benefits both its remarkable recipients, and the growing market and demand for skilled talent.”

Past recipients of the C-CAP Honors Award include: Richard Parsons and Alexander Smalls, Michael White, Tony May, Michael McCarty, Michael Lomonaco, Marcus Samuelsson, Drew Nieporent, Alfred Portale, Lidia Bastianich, Thomas Keller, Charlie Palmer, Danny Meyer & Michael Romano, Daniel Boulud, Jacques Pepin, Egidiana & Sirio Maccioni, Nina & Tim Zagat, and Saul Zabar & Stanley Zabar.

The C-CAP Benefit is open to the public. Tickets for general admission are $550 (limited availability); Tickets for VIP admission are $700 and $1,000.  For tickets, more information about the event, and sponsorship opportunities, call 212-974-7111 or visit www.ccapinc.org.


Joyce Appelman, is the National Communications Director for C-CAP, Careers through Culinary Arts Program in New York, NY. She has been instrumental in opening career opportunities for many young people in the foodservice industry. Email her at joyceappelman@gmail.com

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