Over the past fifteen years, word of this unique community college culinary arts program has spread throughout the West. Students most often speak of small class sizes (16:1 or less in culinary labs), and the expertise and availability of our faculty as making the greatest difference in their education.Faculty members include 2012-13 Colorado Chef of the Year Jonathan St. Peter, CEC; Colorado Chef’s Association President Wayne Smith, CEC, CCE; and the Colorado Restaurant Association’s 2013 Regional Outstanding Professional award winner Daniel Kirby, CHE. Faculty members are experienced as business owners, managers, chefs, caterers, bakers, maitre d’s and sommeliers.
This program emphasizes techniques of the modern culinary kitchen. Students learn cooking and baking from scratch skills for soups, sauces, meat and seafood production, yeast-raised breads, cakes, pies, and pastries. The program focuses on the fundamentals of nutrition, menu planning, cost control, purchasing, marketing, safety, and sanitation. Students gain practical experience in advanced line cooking, dining room management and beverage service in Chez Lena, our student-operated restaurant, which is open to the public.
- Classes are taught in a modern culinary kitchen
- On-campus full-service restaurant (Chez Lena)
- Work-like classroom environment
- Two enrollment periods per year; students may begin classes in the fall or spring
Please join us for a unique culinary experience as you partner with students in the WCCC Culinary arts program while they hone their skills in restaurant management.
Chez Lena restaurant specializes in hand crafted entree and appetizer items utilizing classical food preparation techniques, and fresh and local ingredients. Please see our menu offerings (posted below) valid 2-5 to 3-15.
Chez Lena is also the perfect place to hold your business and/or luncheon meetings. We provide rooms equipped with information technology as well as seasonal menu items for your coordinator to choose from.
Chez Lena is open Tuesday through Friday 11:30-1:30, for map information please see the link below, for reservations (recommended) please call Chez Lena restaurant at 970-255-2641.
For more info please visit Chez Lena Restaurant on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chez-Lena-Restaurant/167207613304430?sk=wall
Chez Lena Restaurant
2508 Blichmann Ave. (Building b - north)
Grand Junction Colorado 81505
Chez Lena Restaurant will open September 3, 2013
Days: Tuesday - Friday
Hours: 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM
Reservations highly recommended
Associate of Applied Science
Chef de Cuisine
Executive or pastry chef
Food, beverage or banquet manager
Culinary Arts- 12.0500
Normal Time to Complete the Program: 1 year
Number of 2012-2013 Completers: 7
On-time Completion Rate:
Median Title IV Loan Debt:
Median Other Loan Debt:
Job Placement Rate (AY10-11 Completers): 70%
Tuition and Fees to Complete Program (Based on Fall 2013 Tuition Rate): $7,206
Room and Board (AY13-14 Rate): $9,643
Books and Supplies (AY13-14 Rate): $1,552
SOC Code and Links
Chefs and Head Cooks : 35-1011.00
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers: 35-1012.00
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria: 35-2012.00
Cooks, Restaurant: 35-2014.00
Cooks, All-Other: 35-2019.00