Denver’s vibrant restaurant industry is on fire, but unfortunately there are not enough qualified people to oversee the stovetop fires, prepare the food or execute some of the basic culinary techniques required to keep a busy restaurant kitchen operating effectively and safely.
In a unique collaboration with Eat Denver and Sage Restaurant Group, Emily Griffith Technical College has developed a comprehensive and concentrated program to train people to become a line or prep cook. After only four weeks, students are guaranteed a connection to more than 100 restaurants which currently have job openings. Many of these restaurants were involved in developing the curriculum so it meets industry standards and some popular area chefs will participate in the training.
“The hospitality industry provides an excellent environment for individuals willing to work hard in order to grow both personally and professionally. As more and more restaurants open, feeding the workforce with opportunities in this hot market is of the utmost importance to the restaurant community” said Jamey Fader, the Culinary Director of Big Red F Restaurant Group, owner of the popular Zolo Grill, Lola Coastal Mexican, Centro Mexican Kitchen, and Jax Fish House & Oyster Bars in Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, and Glendale. “We are in dire need of cooks to fill the gaps in the labor pool and this program will enable underemployed and under-trained workers a unique opportunity to change both their lives and the dining scene for the better.”
Culinary Quick Start is made possible by Denver Workforce Services Re-imagine Retail grant provided by the Walmart Foundation and Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership. The training is FREE and open to interested students who can attend class Monday through Friday from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at the Emily Griffith Campus located at 1860 Lincoln Street. The program will have start dates in January and February and an orientation is required.
Orientations will be held Jan. 4 from 1-3 p.m. and Jan. 5 from 10 a.m. - 12 noon at the Emily Griffith Technical College main campus, located at 1860 Lincoln Street in Denver.
The application is at http://www.emilygriffith.edu/cqs.