C-CAP CULINARY COMPETITIONS PREPARE STUDENTS FOR THE KITCHEN
By Elin Jeffords
There are many paths to a career in a professional kitchen. It takes some people awhile to find their way -- others get a head start. Since 1990, C-CAP, the Careers Through Culinary Arts program, has provided early incentive and training to thousands of high school students.
The great American restaurant cities share certain traits. They are generally long-established, situated on waterways or the coasts and have a rich tradition of emigration (think New York City, Boston, Chicago, New Orleans and San Francisco). To some extent that leaves the Western interior of the country playing hospitality catch-up. Phoenix is a prime example of a frontier desert outpost that didn’t spread its mythical wings and take off until after World War II and the advent of air-conditioning. Before that, culinary pickings were mighty slim.