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Culinary & Restaurant Management Degree: Taste Success

Prepare to cook up a career in the food service business with a Restaurant and Culinary Management Degree

Successful restaurants share a common ingredient: They're backed by great chefs and great management.

You'll find the winning combination of business training and hands-on culinary skills through our Restaurant & Culinary Management degree program at Steamboat Springs.

Whether you want to launch a culinary career, gain skills to start your own restaurant or move up in your current job, Colorado Mountain College can help you get ahead.

At Colorado Mountain College, you can take Restaurant & Culinary Management courses in:

  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Statistics
  • Regulations
  • Food and beverage management
  • Purchasing
  • Supervision
  • Cost control
  • Food Safety
  • Nutrition

Through these classes, you'll get the culinary arts basics and learn the science of running the business profitably to advance as a:

  • Food service manager
  • Kitchen manager
  • Restaurant owner
  • Banquet manager
  • Assistant chef

Location for Learning and Working

Located in the heart of ski resort country, our new culinary kitchen overlooks beautiful Steamboat Springs. We offer afternoon classes so that you can juggle work and internships with the many fine restaurants in the area.

You'll have opportunities to learn in the field as well as in the classroom. You'll leave Colorado Mountain College armed, not only with a restaurant management degree or a culinary management degree, but also with hands-on experience and contacts in the field. Work experience is key for securing a good position to start your career.

Plus, Colorado Mountain College offers one of the lowest tuition rates in the state. If fact, our tuition costs average 33% less than other colleges. This means you'll get a great education without going into debt.

Careers in Restaurant and Culinary Management

The demand for food service managers is expect to grow nationally and in Colorado.

"Give me one million good managers and I will give you one million great restaurants." - Restaurant & Culinary Management Program Advisor

Improve your management qualifications with a broad skill set. Quality service, food and beverage accountability, management of staff and sound culinary knowledge are the foundations of the Restaurant and Culinary Management program at Colorado Mountain College.

Students, upon completing this degree, will have resume-building work experience, business insight and the culinary knowledge to run a restaurant or food service operation from the kitchen, the front podium, or from the owner's seat.

Expected salary range

Source: CareerOneStop

Chefs and Head Cooks, Colorado

High Range: $73,860
Mid Range: $48,490
Low range: $32,340

Food Service Managers, United States

High Range: $93,040
Mid Range: $55,320
Low range: $33,210

Employment Forecast

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics & Employment Projections

Chefs and Head Cooks, United States

Expected to grow much faster than average.
+11% projected increase

Food Service Managers, United States

Expected to grow much faster than average.
+11% projected increase

Low-Debt Degrees Are Smarter

The culinary arts apprenticeship program is among the most affordable in Colorado while offering a quality, hands-on education where you’ll gain real-world experience and build professional connections that help you gain employment after graduation. That's smart.

Unlike many other culinary programs in Colorado, our culinary apprenticeship program students appreciate how CMC’s low costs prevent them from graduating with crushing debt. See how we compare:

Tuition for Culinary AAS Degrees for 2020/21

CMC In-district
60 minimum credit hours required.
CMC In-state
60 minimum credit hours required.
Red Rocks Community College (2019/20)
Culinary Arts Degree, 62 credit hours.
Johnson & Wales
Two years, 94.5 credit hours.

“Give me one million good managers and I will give you one million great restaurants.”

– Restaurant & Culinary Management Program Advisor