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Cook Street School of Fine Cooking Professional Food and Wine Career Program Denver, Colorado

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General Information

Private, coeducational, culinary institute. Urban campus. Founded in 1999. Accredited by Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training.

Program Information

Offered since 1999. Accredited by State of Colorado Department of Higher Education, Veterans Administration. Program calendar is divided into quarters. 18-week diploma in culinary arts.

Program Affiliation

American Culinary Federation; American Institute of Wine & Food; Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs; International Association of Culinary Professionals; James Beard Foundation, Inc.; National Restaurant Association; United States Personal Chef Association.

Areas of Study

Baking; controlling costs in food service; culinary French; culinary skill development; fish fabrication; food preparation; French regional cuisine; garde-manger; international cuisine; Italian regional cuisine; meal planning; meat cutting; meat fabrication; menu and facilities design; patisserie; restaurant opportunities; sanitation; saucier; seafood processing; soup, stock, sauce, and starch production; wines and spirits.


Bake shop; classroom; coffee shop; demonstration laboratory; food production kitchen; teaching kitchen.

Student Profile

58 full-time. 14 are under 25 years old; 34 are between 25 and 44 years old; 10 are over 44 years old.


5 total: 4 full-time; 1 part-time. 1 is an industry professional; 4 are culinary-certified teachers. Prominent faculty: Michael Comstedt, CEC, CCE; Peter Ryan, CC; Lexie Justice; Dale Eiden, CEC. Faculty-student ratio: 1:8.

Special Programs

3-week culinary education tour in France and Italy.

Typical Expenses

Application fee: $150. Tuition: $24,000 per full program with European culinary tour.

Financial Aid

In 2005, 6 scholarships were awarded (average award was $3500); 35 loans were granted (average loan was $24,000). Employment placement assistance is available. Employment opportunities within the program are available.


Average off-campus housing cost per month: $650–$900.

Application Information

Students may begin participation in January, April, July, and October. Applications are accepted continuously. In 2005, 96 applied; 64 were accepted. Applicants must interview; submit a formal application, letters of reference, an essay, high school/college transcripts.



Alan Hill
Admissions Director
Professional Food and Wine Career Program
1937 Market Street
Denver, CO 80202
Telephone: 303-308-9300
Fax: 303-308-9400
World Wide Web:  Cook Street School of Fine Cooking Professional Food and Wine Career Program Denver, Colorado  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

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