Is This Program Right For Me?

There are many benefits to going to school for the culinary arts. It’s true that some restaurants will hire people without experience, but here are some significant reasons why prior training is important:

  • You’ll learn in a safe, supportive and slower-paced environment where mistakes can be made without impacting your job, the restaurant’s business, or the customers.
  • You’ll enter the food industry at a higher level of placement and knowledge, learning the finer points of cooking more quickly and enhancing your earning potential.
  • You’ll study a variety of cuisines, making you a well-rounded chef and creator of your own dishes.
  • You’ll be mentored by people who understand the business and want to see you succeed.
  • You’ll have a greater chance of finding an undiscovered niche or love for something new.
  • You’ll be coached on how to secure a job, which includes resume writing and interview skills; we’re preparing you for life, not just how to cook an egg.
  • If you bring the passion and enthusiasm, we’ll give you the skills and offer networking to back your career goals; Manna works closely with the Durango Restaurant Association on internships and job placements to get you in the kitchen.

Quick Facts

  • There are 2 classes each year: fall and spring
  • The program runs for 10 weeks – daytime classes
  • Cost is $1,000 with payment & full scholarships available
  • Class size is only 8 students per semester
  • Some of the food used for teaching/learning comes from the Manna Garden
  • The program has an 75% job placement rate
  • The Durango Restaurant Association is actively involved in the program
  • Upon completion, students receive a Culinary and Food Handlers Certificate
  • Manna is contributing to the overall health and economic vitality of the region  

Growing Opportunities. Feeding Community.