Culinary Arts – Vail Valley at the CMC Culinary Institute

Photo - Colorado Mountain College culinary instructor tastes food with a students.

Learn and intern at world class resorts in a fast-track culinary school program

Earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts in our accelerated, two-year program. You’ll learn to cook delicious food that is also healthy for individuals, communities and the environment.

Experience hands-on training in cooking and culinary management classes. As a capstone course, our students complete a 6 credits/270 hour internship with an outstanding employer to demonstrate and cultivate professional culinary skills and begin a rewarding career.

The world-class destination resorts of Vail and Beaver Creek are minutes away from the CMC Edwards campus. Our high-profile internship partners include:

  • Hyatt
  • Four Seasons
  • Beaver Creek Mountain Dining
  • Sonnenalp Resort
  • Ritz-Carlton

This program prepares students for the emerging challenges and opportunities involved in creating a more sustainable food system and food service operations.

Program at a Glance

Degree: Culinary Arts (AAS)

Locations: Edwards

Cost: $57/credit-hour (in-district), $373/credit-hour (out-of-state)
See tuition information below

Program Fee: $400

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Contact/Program Information

Photo - Todd Rymer in a CMC greenhouse.Todd Rymer
Faculty Chef Instructor

What classes will I take?

General Education requirements (15 credits)

COM 115 or COM 125 Public Speaking/ Interpersonal Communications 3 credits
ENG 121 English Composition 3 credits
MAT 107 or higher 3 credits
Advised General Education Elective 6 credits


Program Requirements (45 credits)

CUA 101 Applied Foodservice Sanitation 2 credits
CUA 115 Introduction to Sustainable Cuisine 2 credits
CUA 118 Vegetable Preparation 1 credits
CUA 121 Introduction to Food Production Principles 1 credits
CUA 122 Introduction to Stocks, Soups and Sauces 1 credits
CUA 123 Introduction to Garde Manger 1 credits
CUA 126 Intermediate Soups & Sauces 1 credits
CUA 128 Breakfast Prep and Cookery 1 credits
CUA 129 Center of the Plate 4 credits
CUA 131 Starches, Pastas, Casseroles & Grain Products 1 credits
CUA 138 Food and Beverage Service 2 credits
CUA 141 Introduction to Baking Principles 1 credits
CUA 142 Basic Yeast-Raised Products & Quick Breads 1 credits
CUA 143 Baking: Cakes, Pies, Pastries & Cookies 1 credits
CUA 156 Nutrition for the Hospitality Professional 3 credits
CUA 242 Intermediate Garde Manger 1 credits
CUA 251 Advanced Garde Manger: Hors d’oeuvre 1 credits
CUA 253 Advanced Seminar in Sauce 1 credits
CUA 255 Supervision in the Hospitality Industry 3 credits
CUA 261 Cost Control 3 credits
CUA 264 Sustainable Foodservice Operations 3 credits
CUA 265 Menu Planning and Purchasing 4 credits
CUA 281 Internship 6 credits

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*** $107 $1,605
Out-of-State $373 $5,596

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 $103 $1,545
CMC Service Area $103 $1,545
Western States (WUE) $160.50 $2,407.50