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; Past-President Colorado Chef's Association 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
Chez Lena Restaurant
Chez Lena Restaurant is a unique culinary experience. As a guest, you provide the opportunity for our students to hone their skills in sustainable restaurant management and you contribute to the future of cuisine in the Grand Valley. As students develop their craft and settle in the area, you reap the benefit of a richer and more diverse community of restaurants. When you partner with students in the CMU/WCCC Culinary Arts program you become more than a diner, you become a financier of good taste and good food.
Associate of Applied Science
Chef de Cuisine
Executive or pastry chef
Food, beverage or banquet manager