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AICR/C-CAP SuperFoods Competitions

AICR is proud to partner with the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), which provides scholarships, education and career opportunity in the culinary arts to underserved youth. AICR/C-CAP Recipe Contests asks high school seniors across the country bring AICR’s recommendations to life. The three winning recipes each year receive scholarships totaling $10,000 from AICR.

AICR/C-CAP Challenge

This year's challenge: small plates/appetizers. Previous years have focused on appetizers and desserts.

contest winners collage

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AICR/C-CAP 2015 Winners

Congratulations to our winners and all the finalists.


Kristopher Lopez

1st place: Kristopher Lopez
Food and Finance High School,

New York City, NY

Jenna Kraus

2nd Place: Jenna Kraus,
Barry Goldwater High School
Phoenix, AZ

Margaret DeMarco

3rd Place: Margaret DeMarco,
Virginia Beach Technical and
Career Education Center,
Virginia Beach, VA

AICR/C-CAP Winning Recipes

These winning small plates offer delicious, healthy and nutrient-rich dishes perfect for appetizers, parties, or a small meal.

Mediterranean ‘Faux’-Lafel

1st – Mediterranean ‘Faux’-Lafel
with Cucumber Dill Sauce

A lighter, creative version of traditional
Middle Eastern falalels
with a delicious Mediterranean twist.

Quinoa Crusted Salmon

2nd – Quinoa Crusted Salmon
with Rosemary Honey
over Orange Arugula Salad

A stunning presentation
and a delicious and unique way to introduce
people to fiber-rich quinoa.

Skinny Santa Fe Salad

3rd – Skinny Santa Fe Salad with
Avocado Lime Vinaigrette

A colorful, vegetable-packed salad served
with a creamy, rich tasting dressing.


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AICR/C-CAP Judging

Contestants were asked to make their appetizer, soup or salad with a few simple rules, along with following AICR Recipe Guidelines. Winning recipes:

  1. make 1 to 3 servings
  2. are primarily vegetarian with small amounts of fish or poultry
  3. have approximately 150-175 calories or less per serving
  4. include a variety of cancer-protective foods, such as non-starchy vegetables; fruits; dry beans, peas and soy foods; whole grains; nuts and seeds (no more than 1-2 tablespoons per recipe)

Our three culinary professional judges are:

  • Dana Jacobi, Cookbook author and nationally-syndicated food columnist
  • Amanda Cohen, Chef/Owner, Dirt Candy
  • Scott Uehlein, Corporate Chef, Canyon Ranch Health Resorts

Amanda Cohen

Amanda Cohen

Dana Jacobi

Dana Jacobi

Scott Uehlein

Scott Uehlein

AICR/C-CAP Past Challenges

2014 Winners

The second contest theme was small plates.

Brynn Timmis

1st place: Bryn Timmis
Canyon De Oro High School,

Tucson, Arizona

Taylor Sterling

2nd Place: Taylor Sterling,
Princess Anne High School,
Hampton Roads, VA

Sofia Mendoza

3rd Place: Sofia Mendoza,
Food and Finance High School,
New York, NY

2013 Winners

For our first contest theme was desserts.

David Robinson

1st Place: David Robinson,
Hampton Roads, VA
Coconut and Chocolate Sweet Potato Pie

Shameer Griffin

2nd Place: Shameer Griffin,
Philadelphia, PA
Chocolate and Blueberry Tofu Mousse
with Sesame Crunch

Jessica Stansbery

3rd Place: Jessica Stansbery,
Phoenix, AZ
New York Style No-Bake Cheesecake


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AICR/CCAP Competitions Updates

For more information on what our C-CAP winners are up to and how chefs are making a difference in cancer-prevention, visit:

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AICR/C-CAP Competitions Sponsorship

Mary's Gone Crackers

Bob's Red Mill logo

AICR is seeking sponsorships for this program as well as in-kind product coupons for the winning C-CAP center. 

If interested, please contact Jodi Street at

And thanks to our 2015 sponsors, including Mary’s Gone Crackers and Bob’s Red Mill

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