C-CAP Teens Rock the Veggie Burger World

May 23rd, 2016

The 2016 Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) and Meatless Monday Recipe Contest just announced the winners of their annual contest for teenage chefs. This year the challenge was: “get the beef off their buns” and create the best veggie burger on the block.

High school students from seven C-CAP markets participated, and some of the best chefs in America judged, including Rick Bayless, Chris Feldmeier, Scott Uehlein, and Jason Weiner, along with Meatless Monday’s recipe editor Diana Rice, RD.

C-CAP, the nonprofit organization that runs the annual contest, kicked off the campaign last fall by introducing teen chefs from around the country to the Meatless Monday public health campaign, which encourages everyone to start each week with a healthy, meatless meal.

Winners beat out thousands of their high school peers from across the country with recipes you could place in any good restaurant. According to the judges, this year’s impressive ingredients ranged from unexpected fillings of kale, spinach, falafel, sun-dried tomatoes, tofu, and beets to a rich array of exotic spices.

This year’s Grand Prize Winner of the C-CAP Meatless Monday $5,000 scholarship is Eubene Kim, a 12th grader from Chatsworth Charter High School, Los Angeles, for his “Taste of Korea” kimchi tofu burger.

And new this year, C-CAP and Meatless Monday awarded $2,000 scholarships to six recipe contest finalists from each of the C-CAP markets. This way, all seven C-CAP markets have a winner!

One of those scholarship winners, Tyler Ramos, currently a senior at Tottenville High School in Staten Island, NY, worked with her teacher Chef David Schwartz to come up with an Italian-style burger infused with rosemary, garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes. She also incorporated red potatoes and white kidney beans for protein. Try her veggie burger recipe just in time for summer!

Says Chef Rick Bayless, one of the Chicago judges: “Even having a contest like this shows the giant leaps forward we’re making when it comes to good food. I can’t tell you how encouraging it is to see young people taking up the mantle of healthy eating. The experience of judging filled me with all kinds of hope.”

The $2,000 scholarship winners are:


Juliet Auld, Mountain View High School, Tucson. “Falafel, Spinach, Feta and Sundried Tomato Veggie Burger with Homemade Tzatziki Sauce”


Aliyah Taylor, South Shore International College Prep. “Smoked Chipotle Rice Burger”


Reece Conwell, Woodrow Wilson High School. “Spicy TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein) on a Toasted Onion Bun”


Tyler Ramos, Tottenville High School, Staten Island. “Sundried Tomato Patty”


Nyshiera Jones, Randolph Career and Technical High School. “Beet Burger with Asian Slaw”


Jasmine Blackwell, Cross Lane High School, MD. “Kale Burger”