Culinary Arts


The CWC Culinary Arts program in Jackson provides students with hands-on experience and instruction from some of Jackson Hole's finest chefs and culinary professionals. These highly respected instructors are classically trained and have over 15 years of experience in the hospitality and tourism industry.


Culinary courses take place at the Elks Lodge; Restaurant Management courses take place at the Historic Four Diamond Wort Hotel, Center for the Arts and other downtown locations.  Curriculum is provided by the American Hotel Lodging Association.  CWC Jackson partners with a number of Jackson Hole resorts and businesses to help students find internship, employment and housing opportunities.

The Associates of Applied Science degree is designed to prepare students to develop basic and advanced culinary arts skills attainable from the techniques of classical cuisine and to develop practical skills in hospitality management, marketing, and food and beverage management that are essential for a successful career in the culinary arts industry. Upon graduation, students are trained for entry to mid-level food services management positions in the restaurant, hotel and hospitality industry.
The unique condensed curriculum is offered in the off- season months of: Oct/Nov and Apr/May in Jackson Hole, WY and is intended to provide practical skills that are essential for a successful career in the culinary industry.  The extensive seasonal internships, provided by local resorts in the Winter and Summer months are designed to offer training in resorts to provide career paths for graduates.

The general education prerequisites are designed to encourage students to develop critical and creative thinking, computation, communication skills, and basic technical skills utilized in the culinary industry. 

Applicants must meet the general admission requirements of Central Wyoming College. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the culinary arts program; application to the program is a separate objective process. Admission for all students is dependent upon available space and resources.

The college has articulation agreements with the University of Wyoming, University of Houston, and Johnson & Wales University. These agreements allow CWC culinary students to transfer credits toward bachelor degrees.


Career Options

With this degree you can begin your career as:

• Lead Cook   
• Sous Chef
• Caterer    
• Entrepreneur
• Kitchen Manager   
• Food Stylist
• Culinary Educator    
• Food Writer
• Assistant Purchasing Manager

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