Chef John Besh To Give Keynote Address At Colorado Culinary Academy Graduation Ceremony

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Colorado Culinary Academy is pleased to announce New Orleans-based Chef John Besh — James Beard Foundation “Best Chef of the Southeast” award winner, and one of Food & Wine's “Ten Best New Chefs in America”— as the keynote speaker for Colorado Culinary Academy's Winter 2015 graduation on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

Chef John Besh

Chef John Besh

If we change just one life through the efforts of our Foundation, it will bring true purpose to the decades of training, work, and consuming passion for the culinary arts which has been such a large part of my life.

In December 2014, Colorado Culinary Academy (CCA) and the John Besh Foundation (JBF) partnered to create a unique scholarship opportunity that provides formal culinary training to aspiring and talented culinarians. The first CCA/JBF scholarship recipient, Leon Thomas, an employee at Chef John Besh's Borgne restaurant, is excited that both he and Chef Besh will receive their diplomas from CCA at the same time. Chef Besh will be conferred an honorary diploma from CCA.

Inaugural class graduate Donovan “Donnie” Davis, New Orleans resident and employee at Chef Besh's Borgne, set the stage for the current partnership with JBF and CCA in 2013. With this partnership, Colorado Culinary Academy's 12-week Professional Culinary Training Program joins the International Culinary Center (ICC) in New York to become the second location for JBF Scholarship recipients to complete their formal culinary training.

“We are honored to have Chef Besh deliver the keynote address to our Winter 2015 graduates,” said Chef Andy Floyd, Colorado Culinary Academy Academic Director. “We share a common vision with Chef Besh and his foundation when it comes to culinary education. By offering the best education, environment and experience, we inspire students to become culinary leaders.”

As the success of CCA alumni continues to grow, so does the reputation of the school throughout the country. The Winter 2015 graduating class represents six different states—New York, Louisiana, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and Colorado.

Chef Besh said, “If we change just one life through the efforts of our Foundation, it will bring true purpose to the decades of training, work, and consuming passion for the culinary arts which has been such a large part of my life.The partnership with Colorado Culinary Academy helps achieve this vision.”

“The daily hands-on teaching and guidance of Chef Floyd, Chef Bruce Biggs-Gregory, and the support of the entire staff, make it possible for our graduates to gain successful employment with prestigious culinary organizations,” stated Paul C. Kelly, CCA Director of Admissions. “Our mission at CCA is to align our students and our school with world-class talent. The CCA alumni are our future.”

About Colorado Culinary Academy
CCA offers an accelerated, comprehensive and hands-on 12-week Professional Culinary Training Program based on classic French cooking technique.
Approved and regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Division of Private Occupational Schools, CCA is certified and endorsed by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation as a Quality Program school. Designated as a 2015 Military Friendly® School, CCA is also approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to teach both veterans and their eligible dependents. For more information, please contact Paul C. Kelly at (303) 220-6996, or email admissions(at)coloradoculinaryacademy(dot)org (website:

About John Besh and The John Besh Foundation
Established in 2011, The John Besh Foundation ( provides scholarships, grants and loans to individuals in the New Orleans community with the passion, creativity and knowledge to enact change in New Orleans and Louisiana.

Chef John Besh created The John Besh Foundation to better serve his community by bringing focus to his efforts in New Orleans. Through essential partnerships and generous donations, The Foundation promotes the preservation of both the culinary history and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana. For more information, please visit

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