Culinary Arts in Telluride

Technical Certificate in Food Preparation. In Telluride.

Earn college credit and experience to become a professional chef.The Technical Certificate in Food Preparation prepares students for entry-level food preparation positions in the hospitality industry. The program provides training in food safety, kitchen and bakeshop production, and techniques of cooking and food presentation. Students who successfully complete the technical certificate are prepared to continue study towards an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts or a Bachelor of Applied Science in Hospitality Management from CMU.

 Financial aid available for qualified students.

Courses for a Certificate in Culinary Arts will be offered in Telluride by Western Colorado Community College, a division of Colorado Mesa University. Spring 2018 courses start April 9, so apply now.

Apply to WCCC

Open House

Meet with an admissions rep and ask questions about the program at an upcoming open house. Drop in anytime between 3-6pm on March 21, 22, 27 or 29 at the Telluride Conference Center to learn more.

Program Courses

Classes will be held at the Telluride Convention Center, 580 Mountain Village Blvd., Telluride. Classes are four days a week, Tuesday-Friday from 8am-1pm, unless otherwise noted.


April 9 - May 12, 2018

  • Food Safety and Sanitation (CUAR 101)
    One fifty-minute, on-site class and one online class held each week.
  • Introduction to Foods (CUAR 125)
  • Center of Plate (CUAR 129)


October 15 - November 16, 2018

  • Introduction to Baking (CUAR 145)
  • International Cuisine (CUAR 245)