Sustainable Cuisine: Cooking Delicious Food that is Healthy for People, the Planet and Our Prosperity

Learn the art and science of creating fresh, appealing food from the ground up

Great food doesn’t begin in the kitchen; it requires quality ingredients that are produced with care. Our Sustainable Cuisine program can teach you how to become a chef who understands how to source food and run a restaurant that is sustainable environmentally, socially and economically.

The Associate of Applied Science in Sustainable Cuisine degree includes many cooking laboratory courses, as well as courses in management, agroecology, nutrition, food politics and more. In addition to earning your AAS degree, you will also earn a Sustainable Cuisine Operations I Certificate and other certificates.

Our large organic garden, including permaculture elements, is used to teach agroecology courses while producing incredibly fresh ingredients for your cooking courses. The Agroecology courses and Sustainable Food Systems certificate teach the basics of agriculture and its relationship to the environment. Alternatives to the industrialized food system, including organic growing techniques, are emphasized so chefs can grow fresh, seasonal, “hyper-local” food on-premises.

Outstanding work-experience opportunities are available at a wide variety of sites including the Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons, Grand Hyatt and numerous fine-dining restaurants throughout the renowned resorts of Beaver Creek and the Vail valley.

Financial aid specifically for culinary students is also available. Please inquire.

Culinary Professional Development

Professional chefs wanting to learn about current trends in sustainable food and how to apply these concepts to increase profitability and career opportunities should take the Sustainable Cuisine Operations II: Professional Certification. This 5-credit certification provides the knowledge and skills required to become a more sustainable chef, as well as an outstanding addition to your resume.

Get Started!

To learn more about the program, please contact:

Todd Rymer
Faculty Chef Instructor

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Program at a Glance

Degree: Sustainable Cuisine (AAS)

Certificates: Sustainable Cuisine Operations I, Sustainable Cuisine Operations II, Sustainable Food Systems

Locations: Edwards

Cost: $57/credit-hour (in-district), $317/credit-hour (out-of-state)
See tuition information below

Program Fee: $400

Bryce Orblom, Chef de Cuisine at SIX89, clips fresh oregano for green, sustainable cooking.

What classes will I take?

See the full curriculum with class descriptions in the Colorado Mountain College online catalog.

icon_link.gif Sustainable Cuisine (AAS) (online catalog)

icon_link.gif Sustainable Cuisine – Operations I Certificate (online catalog)

icon_link.gif Sustainable Cuisine Operations II (online catalog)

icon_link.gif Sustainable Food Systems (online catalog)

How much is tuition?

Don’t go deep into debt. Find your affordable education here! Colorado Mountain College tuition is one of the lowest in Colorado, and is lower than in-state tuition in many other states. See more tuition information and net price calculators.

Tuition Rates for this program

Financial aid specifically for culinary students is also available. Please contact Financial Aid Specialist Peter Kuk at 970-569-2936,

Status 100-200 Courses
per Credit Hour
100-200 Courses
per Semester*
In-District $57 $855
In-State $100.50 $1,507.50
Out-of-State $317 $4,755

Special Tuition Rates at CMC

You may qualify for a significant tuition discount at Colorado Mountain College.

Status 100-200 Courses
per Credit Hour
100-200 Courses
per Semester*
Vets & Military Families $57 $855
CMC Service Area $97 $1,455
Western States (WUE) $150.75 $1,586.25


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