Best Cooking Schools in Colorado and How to Eat an Elk

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The best Cooking Schools in Colorado are the Le Cordon Bleu culinary academies.  Le Cordon Bleu degrees are recognized and respected by top chefs all over the world.  

One of the best things about Cooking Schools in Colorado is learning to cook wild caught game.  

Elk Meat

There are 89 licensed elk farms in Colorado, where over 5,000 elk are raised for their meat. Elk meat is not only low in fat, but also a good source of iron, phosphorous, zinc and protein.

When prepared properly, the taste of elk has been compared to the very best beef. It is tender and juicy, with only the mildest touch of gamey flavor – just enough to make it interesting. You can find elk recipes on the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s official website.

Visit this link for a list of the Top 10 Colorado Elk Hunting Outfitters.

Try this marinated Elk Steak recipe from

Elk Steak Marinade


3 tablespoons canola oil

2 tablespoons minced onion

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 1/2 pounds elk steak


Whisk canola oil, onion, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, garlic powder, and pepper in a bowl until marinade is well mixed.

Place elk steak in a large resealable plastic bag and pour marinade over meat.

Coat meat with marinade, squeeze out excess air, and seal bag.

Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, turning occasionally.

Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.

Drain elk steak and discard marinade.

Cook steaks on the preheated grill until they are beginning to firm and are hot and slightly pink in the center, 5 minutes per side.

An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 140 degrees F (60 degrees C).

Cooking Schools in Colorado

Popular cities for Cooking Schools in Colorado include Denver, Boulder, Aspen and Colorado Springs.  In Denver alone, you'll find the International Culinary Schools at the Art Institutes, Johnson & Wales University, Culinary School of the Rockies, and the Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, to name just a few acclaimed programs.

Here's a list of local food festivals where you can learn more about Colorado's vibrant culinary arts scene, and hear about the best cooking schools.

Boulder Food and Wine Festival – This event focuses on Colorado wine and beer production.  Tastings are paired with local chef creations that emphasize seasonal components.

Food and Wine Classic in Aspen – This event is an upscale, star-studded culinary extravaganza with demonstrations and enlightening presentations.

A Taste of Colorado – A food show in Denver with top chef competitions.  Judged categories include décor, value, menu, and innovation.  

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