Meatless Monday Challenges High School Chefs to “Go With Grains” for C-CAP Recipe Contest

December 4th, 2017


Meatless Monday continues to help aspiring young chefs get their shot at success! The Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) has announced this year’s recipe contest to give high school students a chance to win a scholarship and develop their talents as budding chefs.

Courtesy C-CAP

The “Go With Grains” Meatless Monday recipe contest will challenge student chefs to develop a meat-free recipe that puts the spotlight on different kinds of grains. The panel of celebrity judges will choose the winner based on “originality, flavor, healthfulness, ease of preparation, and writing ability.” While learning important culinary skills with the help of their teachers, juniors and seniors in underserved communities will also learn about the environmental impact of plant-based cooking.

Chef Marcus Samuelsson, a C-CAP board co-chair, will be one of the judges on the star-studded panel. “We’re thrilled to announce the stellar line-up of chefs on the panel that will judge this year’s recipe contest. Through this annual contest, culinary students receive guidance from their teachers on recipe writing and development and are able to showcase their talent of creating meatless recipes.”

The other judges include Rich Landau, a pioneer of modern plant-based cooking and the chef/co-owner of Philadelphia’s Vedge; Maria Loi, executive chef of Loi Estiatorio in New York City and a global ambassador of Greek gastronomy; Brother Luck, a C-CAP alumnus and the chef/co-owner of Four by Brother Luck in Colorado Springs; and Nicole Langone Scarangello, another C-CAP alumnus who is the director of menu management for the New York City Department of Education School Food.

C-CAP is a national organization that focuses on bringing culinary education and training opportunities to students in underserved communities. Along with Meatless Monday, C-CAP helps young chefs learn about smart ways to cook that will not only guide their careers but encourage a new wave of responsible, sustainable cooking to the culinary industry.

One national grand prize winner will receive a scholarship of $5,000 and six regional winners will win $2,000 scholarships. Winners are expected to be announced in the spring of 2018. Meatless Monday wishes all the participants good luck!