Culinary Quick Start is a fast-track training program that prepares students to enter the workforce as a qualified prep or line cook, offered though Emily Griffith Technical College.

In just 4 weeks, students develop knife skills, learn cooking fundamentals, become ServSafe certified, and attend a hiring fair featuring opportunities available with some of the best restaurants and culinary companies in Colorado. We also offer the iBest training model for language support and ESL. 

Apply today to be on your way to a new career in a fast growing industry! 

  • NO COST to participants

  • Must be legally able to work in the U.S. to be eligible

  • No previous restaurant experience required



Class Date Days Time Hiring Fair Date
7/8/19 - 8/2/19 Monday-Friday 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 7/31/2019
8/12/19 - 9/6/19 Monday-Friday 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 9/4/2019
9/16/19 - 10/11/19 Monday-Friday 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 10/9/2019
10/21/19-11/15/19 Monday-Friday 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 11/13/2019
11/25/19-12/20/19 Monday-Friday 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 12/18/2019


All Denver classes take place at the Emily Griffith Technical College main campus.

Located at 1860 Lincoln Street, Denver, CO 80203.

See Colorado Springs Location information.


  • Kitchen 101 Vocabulary

  • Kitchen Workplace Safety 

  • Food Safety 

  • Knife Skills & Safety 

  • Recipe Reading & Conversions

  • Prep & Production 

  • Cooking Methods 

  • Ingredient Identification

  • Emulsifications

  • Vegetable Prep & Production

  • Fruit Prep & Production 

  • Temperature Danger Zone

  • Basic Sauces

  • Mother Sauces 

  • ServSafe Certification Prep

  • Career Services Workshop: Hiring Fair Prep

    • Resume Writing, Interview Skills, Networking

  • Industry Human Resources:

    • What hiring chef's are looking for in candidates

    • Career Pathways





No cost to participants and no prior industry experience needed. Learn cooking fundamentals, earn your ServSafe certification and get hired as a prep or line cook at the hiring fair.


CQS Hiring Fairs benefit both employers and students

CQS Hiring Fairs benefit both employers and students

Attend our hiring fairs to meet face to face with students/prospective employees who have completed four weeks of culinary training, have earned their ServSafe Certification and are prepared to enter the industry as prep or line cooks.



With your generous support we can continue to train students to enter the culinary industry and help our Colorado dining scene not only survive, but thrive.


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Interested in supporting the Culinary Quick Start program?

By donating to the Emily Griffith Foundation and specifying your donation go to the Culinary Quick Start program, you can help us keep this program free for students and help cover other costs of the program! 

Your financial contribution ensures future students can continue to benefit from this program at no charge. Your tax deductible donation is made to the Emily Griffith Foundation, a 501c3 not-for-profit that supports the education of Emily Griffith Technical College students. When making your contribution, please indicate that the donation is in support of Culinary Quick Start.

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