Culinary Arts Program

Touch, taste, cook, eat and critique. At Cook Street, you’ll eat what you cook and talk about what you cook — every day. During your accelerated 16-week program, you’ll enjoy 80% of your time cooking versus less than 25% in traditional programs and you’ll do it in an environment that’s committed to classic culinary traditions while utilizing modern techniques and fusion interpretations.

Cook Street has been in operation for 20 years so we have learned a thing or two about giving our valued students a tailored and elevated professional Culinary experience. We are deeply integrated into the community and have earned a reputation for not only premier quality education, but for our 90% job placement rate, and the success stories of our accomplished Alumni.

All Cook Street students receive pastry and wine instruction to ensure their ability to prepare unforgettable meals from start to finish. Your affordable and all-inclusive culinary education focuses on quality and comprehensive learning to inspire you for a lifetime.

The 16-week Culinary Arts curriculum focuses primarily on the regional cuisine and wines of France and Italy. Special attention will be paid to other world cuisines, both in regional and fusion concepts. The primary method of instruction is hands-on and highly interactive. Students are taught and expected to gain a fundamental understanding of the following areas of study during their 16-week program at Cook Street:


  • High Altitude Baking
  • Bread
  • Cakes & Butter cream
  • Mousses
  • Meringues
  • Tart Components
  • Sugar Cookery
  • Dessert Sauces
  • Laminated Dough
  • Pate a Choux
  • Custards & Soufflés
  • Chocolate
  • Frozen Desserts


  • Herbs & Spices
  • Essentials of Taste/Organoleptic
  • Methods of Cooking Meat, Poultry, and Rabbit
  • Round fish, flat fish & shell fish
  • Caviar
  • Butchery & Fabrication
  • Foie Gras
  • Charcuterie
  • Variety Meats
  • Stocks
  • Soups
  • Sauces
  • Pasta
  • Eggs
  • Fusion
  • Cheeses


  • Table Service
  • Wine Service
  • Knife Skills
  • Knife Sharpening
  • Weights & Measurements
  • Sanitation
  • Culinary equipment and tools
  • Food Costing
  • Chef History/Brigade System
  • History of French Cooking
  • French Geography
  • French Culinary Terms
  • History of Italian Cooking
  • Italian Geography
  • Italian Culinary Terms
  • Menu Construct
  • Old-World Wine
  • New-World Wine


The three week Wine Education Program curriculum provides an introduction to the basic aspects of sensory evaluation when drinking wine. Students will study the different components of wine appearance, aroma, and flavor, and will also learn the basics in wine terminology. Students will gain an understanding of the major grapes used for making wine and their discerning characteristics, label information, basic service techniques and some food and wine pairing theories. In addition to wine, students will receive instruction on beer and spirits.

Class Hours
Student Teacher Ratio
Financial Aid
Culinary Arts & Wine Certificate
Awards & Endorsements
Class Hours

Our daytime class hours are generally Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Our evening class hours are generally Tuesday and Wednesday, 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m and every other Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Occasionally, class hours will begin earlier or end later.

Student Teacher Ratio

Cook Street currently maintains a maximum of ten students to one instructor in the kitchen.


Your all inclusive tuition features our one-of-a-kind advanced Culinary Arts Program including pastry and wine training, real world business application, ServSafe ® Certification, field trips, all text books, knife kit, uniform, and required class materials.

Please reach out to admissions@cookstreet.com or call 720.800.8799 for details on pricing!

Financial Aid

Cook Street’s financial aid options include, but are not limited to:

  • Traditional personal loans
  • Click Here for more information on the, Post 9/11 G.I. Bill
  • Personal financing, including out-of-pocket, credit cards, or home equity loans
  • For a list of Industry Scholarships please, Click Here
  • GetFinancing® – To apply for Cook Street School of Culinary Arts’ instant program financing,  Click Here
  • Sallie Mae’s – Career Training Smart Option Student Loan® – Click Here for more information
  • Denver Community Credit Union – Click Here to apply for a personal loan

Cook Street’s experienced admissions team will assist you every step of the way to secure financing that works for you. We’ve helped find thousands of dollars in private financing and scholarships for Cook Street students. For more information or assistance, please contact us at admissions@cookstreet.com

Why wait to enroll?  Apply online or call 720.800.8799 to talk with an Academic Advisor!

Culinary Arts & Wine Certificate

Upon successful completion of the Program, graduates receive a Certificate of Culinary Arts & Wine from the school and are expected to possess the knowledge and skills required to start at an entry level position in culinary arts or wine.

Awards & Endorsements

Cook Street School of Culinary Arts is a privately-owned teaching facility in Denver, CO. We are approved and regulated by the State of Colorado Department of Higher Education Division of Private and Occupational Schools and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Our Culinary Arts Program is endorsed for quality education by the American Culinary Federation Foundation, the industry’s preeminent professional chefs’ organization.

Cook Street is a proud recipient of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation’s (ACFEF) Quality Program Approval, meeting the ACFEF’s quality education standards. The School was awarded winner in 2015 for the “Denver’s Best Cooking Classes” category of DiningOut Magazine’s first DiningOut Prime Picks and a Best of Westword award for its recreational programs in 2010.



2018 Terms
March 12th – June 29th
June 18th – October 5th
September 10th – December 21st
NEW Evening Program! September 11th – March 9th

2019 Terms
Full-Time: January 7 – April 26
Part-Time: April 9 – November 27
Full-Time: September 3 – December 20

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We are excited to launch a new Professional Program this Fall! For those unable to quit their day job, this evening program is made for you! The same hands-on, intensive Professional Culinary Program, in a part-time evening format. Please call or text us for more information, 720.800.8799!