Monroe College to Host Annual Culinary Boot Camp For High School Seniors From August 10-13

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Sixteen High School Seniors to Practice Culinary Skills at Monroe College

Monroe College, a national leader in urban and international education, today announced that its School of Hospitality Management and the Culinary Arts will host its annual Culinary Boot Camp for high school seniors, from August 10 through August 13. Sixteen students from across the country will participate.

The Culinary Boot Camp, now in its seventh year, provides students with an opportunity to learn the dynamics of a professional kitchen and practice their culinary skills in a college setting. Students engage in cooking, cleaning and discussions of ingredients, dishes and culinary techniques, in addition to honing business skills crucial to the hospitality industry, such as time management and teamwork. Students will also experience living together in a dorm on Monroe’s New Rochelle campus for the duration of the program. Dr. Frank Costantino, Dean of Monroe’s School of Hospitality Management and the Culinary Arts, will be directing the boot camp, and will introduce students to other faculty members in Monroe’s culinary arts program.

The Boot Camp’s students are participants of C-CAP (Careers Through Culinary Arts Program), a nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing economically disadvantaged high school students for college and career opportunities in the restaurant and hospitality industry. It is the largest independent scholarship program of its kind in the U.S. This year, students from six out of C-CAP’s seven locations, including Los Angeles, Arizona, Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia and Hampton Roads, will attend Monroe’s boot camp.

“Our boot camp allows aspiring high school chefs to sample a taste of collegiate life, while also cultivating their skills in a professional culinary environment,” said Dr. Costantino. “Students not only receive valuable culinary instruction at the college-level, but also gain practical experience in working with others, managing their time and meeting deadlines. It’s a very accurate, enlightening glimpse into the world of many of Monroe’s culinary arts students.”

“Monroe College’s Culinary Boot Camp provides the ‘secret sauce’ for developing our young chefs of the future,” said Susan Robbins, President of C-CAP. “Our C-CAP students throughout the country, who are awarded this program, blossom under this rigorous culinary and collegiate training course that puts them through the paces under the guidance of Dean Costantino and his team of talented instructors.”

All New York City junior competitors were invited to participate. Vacancies were filled by students who were personally recommended by their teachers. Criteria for national students included a strong culinary performance, good standing with C-CAP, and the ability to travel independently. C-CAP and Monroe College share a longstanding partnership. Each year, Monroe awards a scholarship to C-CAP high school students who meet certain academic standards and place in culinary competitions nationwide.

Since 2009, Monroe’s culinary arts program has received nearly 500 awards, including 15 gold and 10 silver medals at the last three NY state championships, as well as the coveted Marc Sarrazin trophy at the International Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Show in NYC in 2011 and 2013. Taught by a faculty of experienced industry professionals, many of whom are certified by the American Culinary Federation, students gain valuable instruction and mentoring in a real-world culinary environment. For more information on the school and its student-run restaurant, The Dining Lab, please visit here and here.


Founded in 1933, New York-based Monroe College is a nationally ranked private institution of higher learning with a real world learning approach that prioritizes hands-on academic experiences, practical and relevant academic programs, flexible learning schedules, best-in-class instructional technologies, and committed and engaged faculty to ensure that students are well positioned for career success upon graduation. Monroe College graduates more minority students than any other college in New York State.

Monroe College offers Certificate, Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's degree programs. It has campuses in the Bronx, New Rochelle, as well as in the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia, with programs offered through its Schools of Criminal Justice, Information Technology, Nursing, Education, Business & Accounting, Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, and Allied Health Professions, as well as through its liberal arts and continuing education programs, and its King Graduate School. For more information and admissions criteria, please visit

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