The Table Mesa Shopping Center is home to a lot of retail, services and restaurants. But it also houses an excellent culinary and pastry arts school. Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts (AESCA), located at 637 South Broadway, provides students with the opportunity to pursue their dreams in the hospitality industry.
It all started at Table Mesa Shopping center in 1991 with Cooking School of the Rockies. That name changed to Culinary School of the Rockies in 2003. Then in 2011, the school changed to Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. AESCA has grown substantially over the years and currently features four programs: Residential Professional Programs — Culinary Arts and Pastry Arts; Escoffier Online Culinary Arts Fundamentals program and a weekend program for the Home Cook.
The south Boulder school provides students with a Farm to Table Experience (six weeks where students learn about buying local, farming methods and making sustainable and ethical ingredient choices) and an accessible herb garden for cooking projects.
Campus president Chef Kirk T. Bachmann said the best thing about the school is they get “the opportunity to empower students to reach their potential while pursuing their dreams.” Students have enjoyed the experience too, “I’ve worked with a lot of people from other schools and they just don’t have as much hands-on experience,” Jeffrey Lammer, graduate and kitchen manager at Root Down Restaurant explained. “They are always running around to catch up.”
AESCA in Boulder had one of its most memorable moments in early 2016 when it hosted Michel Escoffier, the great grandson of Master Chef Auguste Escoffier and president of the Escoffier Museum and Foundation in Villanueve-Loubet, France. Escoffier is a distinguished member of the school’s advisory board and served as an honorary judge at the school’s “Young Escoffier” high school cooking challenge. He also presided over the induction of local professionals into the Disciples d’Escoffier, which preserves Auguste Escoffier’s work, and promotes culinary education and apprenticeships encouraging people to work as professional chefs.
Whether you want to be a professional chef or just want to improve your technique in your home, classes and workshops are always happening at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts.