img Culinary Plating 2 230 x150Since 1973, our culinary education has evolved to become one of the most respected in the world, creating chefs who are leaders in the field. From our International Baking & Pastry Institute, the first of its kind in the world, to our unique culinary nutrition program, the first of its kind to receive accreditation by the American Dietetic Association, JWU continues to set the standard for culinary education and excellence.

Furthermore, we offer the broadest selection of culinary-related majors and a world of exciting career options in the fast-growing culinary and hospitality industries.

As a typical four-year student in the College of Culinary Arts, you’ll accumulate the following hours of academic and lab study over the course of your training:

  • 810 hours in the culinary labs
  • 270 hours in the dining room and focused on wine coursework
  • 162 hours learning baking and pastry arts skills
  • 108 hours in meat fabrication courses
  • 880 hours in two co-op experiences
  • 585 hours in arts and sciences classes
  • 246 hours in professional studies courses
  • 54 hours in the storeroom
  • 30 hours in career development courses
  • 20 hours learning sanitation practices

Internship opportunities are plentiful in Denver’s vibrant culinary scene, which showcases the region’s incredible ingredients: grass-fed meats, wild game, produce and freshwater fish. Chefs in Denver are turning out modern, assertive creations, combining southwestern flavors with those of Mexico, Brazil and Asia into a modern “New West Cuisine” with no limitations.

Just outside of Denver are Aspen and Vail, two of the world’s most sought-after ski resort towns. With a dizzying array of fine and inventive cuisine options from some of the world’s most renowned chefs, these ski meccas offer a wide range of work experience opportunities. It’s no surprise then that Vail plays host to the nation’s premiere spring food and wine festival, the Taste of Vail, which attracts attendees from all 50 states and countries from around the world.

Explore the wide range of career path options in Culinary Arts.