Last night I had a wonderful time at CCAP’s 2012 Annual Benefit held at Chelsea Piers. CCAP, short for Careers through Culinary Arts Program, is an organization that I hold close to my heart. The organization works with public schools across the country to prepare underserved high school students for college and career opportunities in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Last night they held their annual benefit where more than 35 chefs, including myself, set up shop for an extravagant tasting reception. Â Greats like Jonathan Waxman, George Mendes, Michael Lomonaco, Bill Telepan, and many more gathered to help raise funds for this great organization and also to pay tribute to this year’s CCAP honoree Michael McCarty.
Hundreds of guests gathered as all the chefs prepared tasting portions of some of their restaurant creations. Along with my sous chefs, I prepared a Hominy Risotto with Smoked Mackerel and Lemon Confit. Read More