Culinary Arts – Vail Valley

Culinary Arts – Vail Valley

Culinary Arts – Vail Valley

Culinary Arts – Vail Valley

Culinary Arts – Vail Valley

Culinary Arts – Vail Valley

Culinary Arts – Vail Valley

Culinary Arts – Vail Valley

Culinary Arts – Vail Valley

Culinary Arts – Vail Valley: Live. Learn. Work.

Earn a Culinary Arts Degree in two years while living, learning and working in the Vail Valley. Employee housing is available.

The new Culinary Arts – Vail Valley program is a unique, comprehensive culinary school. Its year-around schedule integrates class time and job experience. You can earn a culinary art degree in six semesters and come away with resume-building job experience and contacts.

logo - Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
Sonnenalp Hotel logo
logo - Vail Resorts

CMC’s Partners: The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, Sonnenalp Hotel and Vail Resorts

Learning and working go hand in hand in the Culinary Arts – Vail Valley program. Semester by semester your schedule is arranged for the best mix of classes and jobs, studying and practicing.

Courses are coordinated with CMC’s culinary program and our resort partners. The CMC Program Director works directly with the resorts’ culinary professionals to align work experiences with course learning objectives.

You’ll study with CMC’s professionally experienced faculty and work with culinary professionals who are developing the next generation of innovative chefs. All in the beautiful Vail Valley.

See Sample Curriculum and Schedule

link - go to the Bachelors of Science page


Degrees: Culinary Arts AAS

Location: Edwards

COST PER CREDIT: $65 In-district
$147 In-state
$440 Out-of-state

Program Fee: $600 See fee details


Photo - Todd Rymer in a CMC greenhouse.

Todd Rymer
Faculty Chef Instructor

Employee Benefits and Housing

Our students apply directly for positions at The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, Sonnenalp Hotel and Vail Resorts. Once employed, you’ll have the same benefits as any other employee which, depending upon employer, may include housing and ski passes.

See employment websites for more about each company’s benefits:

Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch

Sonnenalp Hotel

Vail Resorts/Beaver Creek

Vail Resorts/Vail Mountain Resort

Culinary Arts – CMC Vail Valley at Edwards Campus

Our teaching kitchen contains state of the art equipment including:

  • Sous vide vacuum sealer and thermal circulator
  • Steam-jacketed kettle
  • Tilting skillet
  • Combination steamer/oven and more

The Edwards campus also features a large garden that provides fresh “hyper-local” produce for our cooking classes, as well as providing students and community members the experience and pleasures of gardening and local seasonal food.

The Culinary Arts – Vail Valley has been at the forefront of teaching Sustainable Cuisine and Foodservice Operations. If you are interested creating food for healthy people and a healthy planet, this is the place for you. Take classes in Sustainable Cuisine and Foodservice. Engage with faculty already deep in sustainability practices.

Low Tuition, Scholarships Available

Don’t go deep into debt. Find your affordable education here! The Culinary Institute at CMC provides an affordable alternative to other culinary schools. For an in-district student, the Associate of Applied Science at Colorado Mountain College costs under $4,000. For an out-of-state student, the AAS would cost under $25,000.

See Tuition and Costs

Culinary Arts Scholarships

Culinary arts scholarship are available. Students must submit an online application by March 1. For information, please contact:

Kathy DesPortes
Scholarship & Grant Coordinator for Eagle, Lake & Summit Counties

Get Started on Your Application

Ready to get started? You’ll need to apply to CMC and with one of our resort partners.

See the Application Checklist