Master Chef Daniel Boulud Heats Up Culinary Education with New Apprenticeship Program

Renowned French Chef Daniel Boulud of The Dinex Group, is collaborating with Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) and New York City College of Technology (City Tech) to transform culinary education and the lives of New York City college students. The new culinary training program is based upon the European apprenticeship model, giving City Tech students college credit for paid internships in Boulud’s kitchens.

As a pioneer in culinary education and a bridge to the restaurant industry for 25 years, C-CAP has been instrumental in producing talented chefs from underserved inner-city high schools and providing lifelong career support for their graduates. All participants in the new apprenticeship program are C-CAP alumni studying Culinary and Pastry Arts at City Tech.

“We are thrilled to be part of creating this program with C-CAP and City Tech which will mentor the talent of New York City’s youth and start them on an exciting career path,” says Boulud. “C-CAP knows the needs of our industry and the value of education. Their staff are experts in taking students from disadvantaged backgrounds, teaching them the skills needed for success and changing their lives in the process. Combining C-CAP’s expertise, City Tech’s outstanding and affordable education and the opportunity to study in our kitchens will most definitely help to create a recipe for success.”

Chef Ian Vest and Tatianna Taylor at her garde-manger station at DBGB Kitchen & Bar. Credit: A. Vargas

Chef Ian Vest and Tatianna Taylor at her garde-manger station at DBGB Kitchen & Bar. Credit: A. Vargas

Two students are currently piloting the program, working in Dinex’s fast-paced, high-precision kitchens, such as Daniel, Café Boulud, DB Bistro Moderne and DBGB Kitchen & Bar. Christian Bolanos of Corona, Queens, NY and Tatianna Taylor of Queens Village, Queens, NY will have the opportunity to train and master their skills alongside culinary greats as well as build their professional networks and opening doors into the hospitality industry.

Chef Aaron Bludorn and Christian Bolanos work together in the kitchen at Cafe Boulud. Credit: A. Vargas

Chef Aaron Bludorn and Christian Bolanos work together in the kitchen at Cafe Boulud. Credit: A. Vargas

“Chef Boulud and The Dinex Group have been huge supporters of C-CAP for more than 20 years,” says Susan Robbins, President of C-CAP. “While Daniel believes in learning through apprenticeship, he recognizes the value of a strong educational partner like City Tech. It’s been a true pleasure working alongside Daniel and Professor Schaible at City Tech to provide this creative solution. By combining classroom training with four-star hands-on restaurant experience, the possibilities for these students are endless.”

City Tech’s Hospitality Management Department is highly regarded for its first-rate practical training combined with a liberal arts education. For more than sixty years, City Tech graduates have led successful careers in the hospitality industry in New York City and beyond, thanks in part to this method of teaching.

“Internships and other real-world experiences play an increasingly important role in City Tech’s many career-focused degree programs. This apprenticeship model, at Daniel Boulud’s celebrated restaurants, adds an exciting new facet for one of our signature majors. Dinex and C-CAP are helping to launch students on great careers,” says City Tech Provost Bonne August.

The pilot program just completed its first semester and just began its second term, with students in Dinex restaurants two days per week.