Steven Fling– Chef Instructor


Steven Fling runs the kitchen in the Culinary Arts program at the Career Education Center, The Eliot Street Café. This restaurant is located at 2650 Eliot Street in the Career Education Center, which is part of Denver Public Schools.

Steven was born and raised in Denver Colorado and grew up in Denver Public Schools. He is a graduate from George Washington High School and attended CEC as a part time student in the culinary program. He ventured out to North Miami, Florida to attend Johnson and Wales University where he earned his Baking and Pastry degree with honors.

Steven has since moved back  to Denver and been devoted to the culinary field as the Pastry Chef for such places as Micole, Bistro Vendome, Adega, California Café, Aspen Baking Company, and also spent about eight years in total with The Sweet Soiree and Le Petit Gourmet Catering Co.

He started teaching for us in 2005 and started teaching for Johnson and Wales University as an Adjunct Instructor in 2013. Steven received his Career and Technical Education License in 2014. He has since learned to love and appreciate the joy of teaching young students that are interested in the same career that he has chosen.

Joe Rivera


Joe Rivera heads the bread and pastry program at the Eliot St. Café. This is his first year teaching.

Joe was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, and graduated from Eastwood High school in 1997, moving to Durango Colorado later that same year and began his culinary career working as a Barista in the evenings and as a bakers assistant in the early mornings.

In 1999 Joe moved to Denver and his interest in the baking arts grew as he started working at Le Petite Gourmet Catering, specializing in Artisan breads and laminated dough.

Chef Joe has since worked at small family owned delis including Cooks Fresh Market and Fisher Clark Deli where the focus was on fresh, organic house made desserts and breads.

Joe went on to become the Assistant Pastry Chef at the world-renowned Brown Palace Hotel and Spa where he helped revitalize the pastry and bread program by building a team of professionals who continue to prepare and serve high quality hand crafted desserts and artisan breads for a large scale, multi-outlet four star, four diamond hotel.

Chef Joe now enters teaching with the hopes that he can impart the knowledge and passion he has fostered for this industry to a new generation of aspiring chefs.

Trish Wilson


Trish Wilson, is the first female to captain in a 5-star restaurant in Colorado—Cliff Young’s for those who remember and Noel Cunningham’s Strings to name a few.

Chef Trish thrives as she re-focuses lives toward the world of catering and restaurant management. Coming from a long line of chefs. Trish pursued a degree in restaurant and business management from the University of Colorado in Boulder.

The North Denver native is a 4th generation Coloradan! In fact, her great, great Grandfather was Kit Carson’s scout!

Before coming to CEC she ran a culinary program at Excelsior Youth Center High School. The center is the biggest in the United States for troubled and abused teens.

At CEC she concentrates on front-of–the–house skills including customer service, new technology with point of sales registers, marketing money management, table side cooking, catering and fundraising and etiquette.

“It makes me feel right working with our students,” she says. “I have to be here! They’re giving me themselves and they expect me to he here. I discovered early on that they can do anything.”