The college's Barbara Lindsay explains that Culinary Quick Start is a partnership of Emily Griffith, EatDenver and the Sage Restaurant Group, who all came together to create a curriculum that would teach the basics of working in a professional kitchen so students could be job-ready on the first day of employment. Lindsay notes that "the classes consist of industry-driven competencies and training" determined by EatDenver, a network of independent Denver restaurants, and Sage, which runs several restaurants associated with Denver hotels, including Kachina, Departure, the Corner Office and Second Home.
Many EatDenver member restaurants are providing chefs to teach specific components of the classes, and Big Red F's culinary director, Jamie Fader, will launch the series. "He's the one who comes in on day one and introduces the program," Lindsay explains. "He'll set the tone for the program. We're excited to have his energy and passion."
Other participating chefs include Jeff Stoneking of ChoLon, Jorel Pierce and Jennifer Jasinski of Crafted Concepts, Chris Camp and Korey Sims of TAG, Daniel Bearss and Joshua Castro of Snooze, Burton Koelliker of Osteria Marco, Brad DeFurio and Merlin Verrier of the Kitchen Next Door, Tim Kuklinski of Rioja, Joshua Goodsell of Briar Common, Matt Lewis of Jax Fish House, and Patrick Kelly of Panzano.
Students interested in Culinary Quick Start can apply on the Emily Griffith Technical College website.