If you love cooking and working in a fast-paced environment, then the culinary arts might be your calling. The food industry offers a wide range of opportunities, and its said that Durango in particular has more restaurants per capita than San Francisco. Enrolling in Manna’s Culinary Program can help prepare you for a longstanding career with a skillset that takes you to new places. If you arrive at a restaurant with no experience, more than likely you’ll be employed as a dishwasher or prep cook. The path to work your way up will depend on a lot of variables and could take some time. With a Culinary Certificate and Food Handlers Certificated, you’ll be further ahead than those without any training. Plus, we’ll work with you on resume writing, interviewing and internships so you’ll be well prepared for securing a rewarding job.

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.

Information covered

Skills and subjects covered in the Culinary Arts track include sanitation and safety, hot and cold food production, baking, nutrition and basic job requirements such as resume writing and interview skills. Students will gain hands-on experience, which will put them in a strong position to gain employment in the food service industry.


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  

Do you want to participate in the Manna Culinary Program?

Please complete the form below. Our Culinary Manager will reach out with more information on how to enroll.