Learning the craft of butchery from one of the best in Colorado, Mark DeNittis, is a real possibility for unemployed or underemployed veterans. DeNittis, formerly of Il Mondo Vecchio and currently the programs director at Cook Street School of Culinary Arts, is working with the Denver Office of Economic Development ("OED") to launch this eight-day program at Cook Street School. "At a time when butchery has come back into the culinary limelight, I'm happy to be part of providing a useful and marketable skill set that individuals can build upon to succeed in a down economy," DeNittis said. "
The Denver OED and Veteran Affairs cover registration and basic required materials for qualified individuals who will take part in an intensive, hands-on, eight day program that will kick off in April.
This first-of-its-kind butchery and meat-focused course is state accredited and approved for 64 continuing education points with American Culinary Federation. The first class of 16 students will begin on April 1 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and will meet for eight consecutive Mondays. At the end of the course, each participant will receive a certificate of completion and the Cook Street culinary team will provide placement assistance for all course participants. The program is being offered twice a year.