Chef Brian West.
Chef Brian West

Students will be required to only put down a $500 deposit, which will be refunded to them if they complete the program. 

Chef Brian West Introduces West Point Culinary School Apprenticeship Program

Chef Brian West announced West Point Culinary School, an apprenticeship program where students will learn critical skills related to a career in the culinary industry. Chef Brian West is now accepting applicants for his inaugural program - only five students will be accepted for the hands-on program, which will officially start in late August. Interested applicants can email for more information on how to apply before the August 15 deadline. 

Chef Brian West - founding chef of Fiesta’s Taste of the Republic event, caterer, restaurant consultant, educator and previously a Senior Instructor at the Culinary Institute of America - will lead the program. Curriculum for the program includes equipment knowledge and measurements, product knowledge, knife skills and cooking fundamentals, as well as culinary theory and gastronomy. Classes will take place over the course of seven weeks and will be followed by eight months of hands-on training in the field. 

Students will be required to only put down a $500 deposit, which will be refunded to them if they complete the program. Supplies and course materials will be provided to the students at no cost to them. The students will also be compensated for their work in the field during the eight-month training period.

“Attending culinary school is often unattainable and expensive for many people that want to have a career in the food and beverage industry,” says Chef Brian West. “This program provides students with an opportunity to have a hands-on educational experience without going into serious debt. Because of the small class size, I’m also able to provide one-on-one guidance and attention, which can be hard to get in a larger classroom setting.”

The culinary program will offer budding chefs opportunities that will take them beyond working in one restaurant. The mentorship-based program will focus on getting both new and experienced chefs out into their communities and will offer them experience in catering, restaurant consultation, menu creation and more. Chef Brian West aims to create a sense of community and mentorship that continues well beyond a chef’s time in the program, with the goal of providing the students with relationships and resources that they can draw on throughout their career.

For those looking for less of a time commitment, Chef Brian West is also launching Foodie Enthusiast Classes for hobbyists of any skill level. The classes are designed for individuals with a passion for food to enhance their culinary skills and knowledge over the course of one day. For $99 per person, Chef West will provide hands-on experience, combining practical training with kitchen demonstrations. Each class includes experience preparing dishes, kitchen demonstrations, recipes the student can take home with them, provided lunch with beer and wine service. To sign up for one of the Foodie Enthusiast Classes, email

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