Culinary instructor, Amy through specialized training alongside the expertise of classically trained chef instructors

JACKSON, Wyo. — The best way to learn is by doing. In the CWC culinary program, you will get the immersive learning and industry connections you need to prepare you to lead in the kitchen. You’ll build solid foundations and advanced techniques from courses such as stocks and soups, food preparation of meats, and baking to garde manger.

“The program is unique to Wyoming and offers specialized training during the off-seasons of Jackson. It is designed for students to graduate with an associate’s degree in less than two years for about $12,000 (in-state tuition) from the expertise of classically trained chef instructors,” culinary instructor Amy Madera.

Not only will you utilize the local businesses and intern at some of Jackson’s leading resorts and restaurants with top-rated chefs, but you will be a part of unparalleled entrepreneurial and professional projects that will launch your career. So far, culinary students have written a cookbook entitled Inspired Kitchen, a work of art that combines the talents of local culinary, visual, and written artists into a beautifully written and illustrated cookbook. Recently, alongside instructor AmyMadera, students are pioneering a Cooking with the Community program, which won the UW John P. Ellbogen Entrepreneurship Competition Award.

“Cooking With Community” — a student-designed mobile commercial culinary teaching unit is being developed to offer year-round culinary instruction. Training on regional farms, ranches, food and beverage producers, and the Wind River Indian Reservation will be available to folks in Jackson and the Greater Teton County region. This mobile unit will also be utilized for off-site catering, special events, and community education.” – Amy Madera.

CWC culinary students are also involved in the Jackson Hole Farm to Fork Festival, a family-friendly event at Jackson Hole’s Center For the Arts to celebrate food, farms, and community.

Ready to make it happen? Go to and make your way at Central Wyoming College.