The space at Chelsea Piers was filled with major players from New York’s dining scene, but on March 9, the spotlight was on chef Daniel Humm (Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad), the honoree at this year’s benefit event for C-CAP.
C-CAP (Careers Through Culinary Arts Program) is an organization that provides professional development to underprivileged youth who aspire to enter the restaurant and hospitality industry.
The organization honored Humm for his longtime commitment to hiring C-CAP alums to work at his restaurants. The chef, who has earned three Michelin stars, attributes his own success to the help of his mentors, who not only taught him cooking techniques, “but learning how to be patient, have drive, and remain passionate about the industry,” said Humm in an email interview.
Chef Marcus Samuelsson, C-CAP’s chairman, said teaching and training is at the core of what chefs do. Even though Samuelsson is a successful restaurateur, he still frequently seeks advice from his mentors, chefs Leah Chase and Daniel Boulud. “It’s [mentoring] the one thing that never changes in the industry,” he said. “C-CAP teaches students to be mentors for the next generation.”
He also hopes that every city can establish a C-CAP program, to help the industry achieve better diversity.