Cooking school planned in Sun Valley

The school would train people to become culinary professionals and offer classes to tourists.


A proposed culinary school has advanced a step with the selection of a name — Culinarium Sun Valley — and the launch of a website,

Sustain Blaine, a Blaine County economic-development organization, and the College of Southern Idaho, the community college in Twin Falls, have worked on the school for two years.

The institute would have two components. One would be a yearlong certificate program expected to grow into a two-year program. The other would offer courses for food enthusiasts. It would be targeted toward tourists ages 40 and up.

“This is a project that everyone likes,” says Sustain Blaine Executive Director Harry Griffith. “It unites the community in terms of their interest and support. It’s so important in terms of diversifying our economy and leveraging into the tourism base.”

Students could spend as little as $10,000 to $14,000 for their educations, he says, compared with $40,000 for a private culinary school.

Griffith says the college is working on curriculum design, operating standards, procedures, licensing and apprenticeship programs with local restaurants.

“The support from the restaurants here has been fantastic,” he says.

He says the program could attract 5,000 new annual visitors to the area.

“It will put Sun Valley even more on the map in terms of its culinary offering,” he says.

Griffith says the college is applying for a federal grant that could “fast-track” the school.

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