Chef Eric Copeland on Pueblo, CO

Chef Eric Copeland has cooked for many years in Pueblo restaurants. Now he's in charge of Convention Center cuisine.

Jessica Walker Boehm
On Monday, April 2, 2012 - 16:06

Eric Copeland has a full plate in front of him, and it's not just because he's the executive chef at the Pueblo Convention Center.

Chef's Journey

After graduating from Pueblo County High School in 2001, Copeland pursed his dream of becoming a chef by attending the Community College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas. In 2002, he moved back to Pueblo and went on to work for Angelo's Pizza, La Mela Di Angelo and eventually became the head chef of the Pueblo Country Club.

According to Copeland, good timing and a wealth of experience led him to his current position at the Pueblo Convention Center, where he is responsible for creating customized menus to suit any group or occasion, as well as delicious fare.

"As the executive chef at the Pueblo Convention Center, it is my duty to organize all aspects of food production and service," Copeland says.

Helping the Community

In addition to creating culinary masterpieces, Copeland is an active member of the community.

"Pueblo is my hometown and will be for the rest of my life, so whatever I can do to improve my community benefits me and the city," he says.

Copeland says his favorite contribution is his work at Pueblo Community College, where he serves as a culinary instructor and advisor. He also helps cook for The Salvation Army during Thanksgiving and offers instructional culinary demonstrations at various events.

"If we can all just do our own little part to make our city better, it will improve the overall life of our community, which will then improve our image throughout Colorado and build a stronger economy for us all to thrive in," Copeland says.

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Jessica Walker Boehm is a journalism graduate of Belmont University and has been a regular contributor to since 2010.