From its early gold rush days to its status as a major Midwestern transportation hub, Denver, Colorado, has come a long way. The Mile High City has the 5th-busiest airport in the U.S. Aerospace is a top economic sector, with the Denver metro area ranking No. 1 for private aerospace employment concentration in 2012. Employment growth in health and wellness was higher than the national average between 2007 and 2012, and the city also has a strong presence in finance and information technology and software. Denver routinely appears on a variety of "best of" lists, including the Forbes list of America's Safest Cities, Best Cities for Singles, and Best Places for Business and Careers. And, in 2012, it was the 9th healthiest metro area in the U.S.
But Denver is not all business -- it's also a Midwestern arts and cultural hub. The Denver Performing Arts Complex is home to theater, Broadway productions, contemporary dance and ballet, and major symphony orchestra and opera companies. The city also features top-notch art museums as well as the highly popular Denver Museum of Nature and Science. From trendy and historic LoDo (lower downtown) to the music venues of Five Points, Denver has much to offer its residents.
Denver culinary scene: More than Rocky Mountain oysters
Of course, the Denver culinary scene is much more than the Denver omelet and its cousin, the Denver sandwich (Denver omelet on bread). In interviews with Visit Denver, local foodies and chefs answered the question, "What do you love most about the Denver restaurant world?" One recurring response was the extraordinary culinary strides Denver has made in the last 10 years. As Denver Post food critic Tucker Shaw responded, "Denver's restaurant world is fearless. Our cooks are audacious and creative." Chef Matt Selby of Vesta Dipping Grill attributes Denver's success to a chef community that, while competitive, still manages to learn from and grow with each other. "Denver isn't labeled like other cities for what type of food they're known for," says Tyler Wiard, executive chef at Elway's. "Chefs in this town are able to create quite an eclectic mix of cuisines."
Denver culinary schools: Study and ski in the sky, a mile high
From fast food (Chipotle Mexican Grill, Quiznos and Smashburger originated in Denver) to eastern Mediterranean fare at Olivea to dim sum at Heaven Star in Broomfield to Shazz's for its unique take on meat and potatoes -- a perfectly cooked Colorado rib-eye, spicy cubes of pumpkin and a parsnip and spinach gratin -- Denver has come into its own as a prime Midwest culinary mecca. Attending a top culinary school in Denver, with the possibility of an internship with one of the city's "audacious and creative" chefs, sounds like an aspiring chef's dream. Imagine learning how to create a culinary masterpiece today and then snowboarding or skiing in the heart of the magnificent Rocky Mountains tomorrow. It's an opportunity that might be hard to pass up.
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