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Local chef ready to cook with CMC culinary degree

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Andrew Rendler

SUMMIT COUNTY – When Andrew Rendler heard about Colorado Mountain College’s cooking program, he instantly wanted in.

“I liked how the program was described,” 26-year-old Rendler said, noting that he wasn’t impressed by the “big-name places” demanding pricey tuitions.

So, after a great deal of hard work spanning three years, Rendler is ready to graduate from CMC today with an Associate of Applied Science degree in culinary arts.

And not a moment to soon. He recently accepted the sous chef position at a top local restaurant – Keystone Ranch. Rendler is currently a student apprentice at the Ranch who’s been acting as the sous chef since August.

“To me, that was one of the greatest opportunities and I’m very happy,” he said. “I get to make extremely beautiful, delicious food every day. I never dread to go to work ever.”

Already a working chef before CMC, Rendler wanted to improve his skills by taking classes with hands-on training. He previously worked as a cook at restaurants throughout Wisconsin and Colorado – Rendler added that he’s been blessed to work under chefs who’ve helped nurture his cooking skills and forward his career.

But, if you asked him a decade previously, Rendler would have described a much different life for himself than what he has today.

As a kid in Lacrosse, Wisc., Rendler was at first interested in pursuing a science degree of some kind. But when he realized sitting in a lab all day wasn’t for him, Rendler took time off from school to find himself. After traveling around the country as a young man, Rendler finally found his passion – work in the culinary arts. Which isn’t surprising to him because food was always “a big deal” in his family.

“Cooking works well with me because there’s nothing magic about cooking,” Rendler said. “It’s all science, which I think is awesome.”

For more information about CMC’s culinary program, call or e-mail the Culinary Institute director Kevin Clarke at (970) 496-4153 or kclarke@coloradomtn.edu.

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at crow@summitdaily.com.

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