Culinary Arts: Meet the Team

Chef Edward Tracey

Chef Edward Tracey, Hospitality Studies & Culinary Arts Faculty, was raised here in Pueblo and attended Centennial High School. After graduating, he attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, where he got his first experience working in a kitchen (washing dishes, of course). After an eventful trip to Europe in the late 80’s, Ed enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and graduated with honors in 1992. From there, he worked in kitchens around the resorts of Colorado including Telluride, Vail, and Beaver Creek. His career has also taken him to far-off locations including the Admusen/Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica, The Grand Hotel Trento, in Northern Italy, and the Hotel Astoria, in St. Petersburg, Russia. Ed has also spent seven years working in top kitchens in New York City, including The Plaza Hotel and the River Café, in Brooklyn.

Edward returned to Pueblo in 2008 and started teaching at PCC as an adjunct instructor in 2012. Since 2015, he has been a full time Faculty Chef Instructor with the Hospitality Studies & Culinary Arts department. Being a part of the PCC family and seeing the students go from kitchen novices to industry ready professionals has been an extremely satisfying and very rewarding experience. Chef Ed also serves as the coach for the ACF Student Skills Competition Team.

Chef John Jakeman

Chef John Jakeman, Hospitality Studies & Culinary Arts Faculty, has been teaching for nine years and is a graduate of the Pueblo Community College Culinary Arts Management and Production program.  He holds a B.S. in Culinary Management from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. 

John has worked throughout various segments of the hospitality industry, but a majority of that time was spent in Catering and Banquets in Pueblo.  He coaches the Baron H. Garland ACF Knowledge Bowl Team and serves as the advisor to the Culinary Arts Club.

“I truly love teaching, I found my home here at PCC and I see myself as an advocate and mentor for every student at PCC.”

Chef Mo Montgomery

Chef Mo Montgomery, Director of Hospitality & Culinary Arts at Pueblo Community College, originally hails from Denver, where she earned her A.S. in Culinary Arts, and her B.S. in Foodservice Management, with a minor in Sustainability, magna cum laude from Johnson and Wales University. Mo brings a decade of cooking experience to the table, and eagerly joined the PCC Hospitality and Culinary Team in 2015, a program she says she has admired for years.

Chef Mo is leading the program with sustainability and elevating it to new levels with ACF-sanctioned competitions and Learning Labs, which provide students with hundreds of hours of experience. Mo has a passion for community involvement, and advocacy for women, and previously was a chef instructor at Work Options for Women, a non-profit job training program dedicated to helping disenfranchised women become permanently and gainfully employed in the food service industry.