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Faculty / Culinary Arts Dept Chair
Being a pastry chef has been a lifelong passion for Michael Paradiso. In 1978, he opened his cake shop called “the Carrousel” and managed the business until 1984. Wanting to increase his knowledge of pastries, he attended the American Culinary Federation’s (ACF) Apprenticeship program at Pikes Peak Community College and the Broadmoor Hotel. He graduated in 1988 and traveled to Washington D.C. where he worked his way up to lead pastry chef at Westfields Conference Center.
Moving back to Colorado in 1999 to hold the position of pastry chef at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Paradiso joined the culinary team at PPCC as an adjunct instructor. In 2006, he was hired as a part time AVP instructor and was promoted to full time in 2008 working as Lead Pastry Chef and assistant to Rob Hudson, then the chair of the Culinary Arts Department. At that time, he completed his exam to become a Certified Executive Pastry Chef.
Over the past three years, Paradiso was elected as secretary of the local ACF chapter and currently holds the position of chapter president. In 2012, he was accepted into the American Academy of Chefs and completed an AAS degree in Baking and Pastry.
Paradiso plans on continuing his education with a BA degree in hospitality management. His dedication is shown by his love of teaching and by supporting the students in their culinary ventures for a successful life.