LAUSD Students Put Their Culinary Skills to the Test and Received More Than $500,000 in Scholarships

LOS ANGELES (May 25, 2012) -- Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) high school students sliced and diced their way to the top as they competed in the Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP).

At the C-CAP award ceremony held earlier this week at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, LAUSD high school chefs were awarded more than $500,000 in prizes and scholarships to culinary schools and community colleges.

One winner, Banning High School Senior Glen Hernandez, received a scholarship to attend Monroe College in New Rochelle, N.Y., which includes a three-month stay in Rome. Hernandez will spend a month in three regions of the country, preparing food. His scholarships totaled close to $61,000. He hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps by owning a restaurant.

Nicole Caceres of John Marshall High School in Los Angeles also competed in the C-CAP Cooking Competition, and received scholarships totaling more than $55,000. She previously won first-place in a national competition, collecting a $5,000 prize for creating a dish she called, “Black Bean Mole Stew.”

Border Grill chef/owners chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger have put Caceres’ mole on their restaurant menus in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Las Vegas and the Canyon Ranch Resort/Healthspa in Arizona has her recipe on their restaurant menu.

Attached are the other LAUSD student chef winners.