Alice's hands are dirty, and she loves it. She's spent the last 15 minutes rolling rich, luscious chocolate truffles. The secret ingredient is homemade caramel, one of the many things she's learned to cook at the new San Francisco Cooking School.
To become a finalist and compete in Napa, CA for the top prize, the culinary school chefs must first compete in one of 10 regional 'battle royale' style competitions and present their cuisine to an independent panel of executive chefs and food media.
Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), a pioneering organization that has awarded $37 million in scholarships for students attending culinary/hospitality programs across the U.S., will be holding its annual Gala Benefit on Monday, March 4.
C-CAP isn't just about grooming tomorrow's star chefs, it's about giving kids with very few options career goals and a brighter future, and giving the industry a veritable army of 18,000 well-trained, highly-motivated alumni who are serious about their passion.
The first day of culinary school, Chef informed us that even on classroom days, we would be in full uniform. "Oh and that chef coat better be neat and clean, don't you dare show up wrinkled and dirty." Jimmy asked, "Chef, what if you don't have an iron?"
I mouthed "Yes, Chef" and went off into the freezer so I could have this conversation with myself: "He said bacon and he said cake, he said bacon cake. What the hell is he thinking! Whoever heard of a bacon cake?"