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Culinary Arts Schools in Oregon

Culinary arts professionals looking for adventure will likely find it in Oregon. The Pacific Northwest is an emerging culinary hotspot, featuring a wide range of local agricultural sources: fruits and vegetables, wheat and grains, shellfish and seafood, wine grapes and tree nuts are all harvested in considerable quantities in Oregon. The wide range of resources available in Oregon makes it a site for culinary innovation and inventive menus; recent trends include Asian fusion and sustainable/locavore cuisines. Culinary schools in Oregon will likely give students opportunities to learn and experiment with many of the area's rich resources; there's a good chance today's students will be behind tomorrow's next big food trend.

Oregon Culinary Schools and the Restaurant Sector

The Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association (ORLA) recently reported that the state's food service and lodging industry is responsible for 176,200 jobs, bringing in nearly $6.7 billion in annual sales. The ORLA also reported that their industry generates 54 percent of the annual tourism dollars spent in Oregon. In addition, the National Restaurant Association asserts that more than 176,200 Oregon residents are employed in the state's eating and drinking places as of 2014, which is projected to rise 11.7 percent by 2024. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated the mean annual income for Oregon's chefs and head cooks was $38,820 in May 2013, making this the highest-paying career choice in the state's food service sector.

Though a culinary arts degree isn't necessary to enter Oregon's food service industry, it can give students valuable training that may help them succeed in the workforce. Oregon culinary arts schools offer degrees and certifications that help ensure a job candidate has both the technical knowledge and expertise needed to succeed in a professional setting. Be sure to look over the list of culinary schools in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest to discover more information.

Additional Resources for Oregon Culinary Arts Students:
Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association: Training page
National Restaurant Association information on the restaurant industry in Oregon
Bureau of Labor Statistics career profile for chefs and head cooks
Occupational Information Network (O*NET) job profiles for chefs and food service managers

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Other Oregon Culinary Schools

School Name City or Town Programs Offered
Linn-Benton Community College Albany Culinary Arts
Central Oregon Community College - Cascade Culinary Institute Bend Culinary Arts
Oregon Coast Culinary Institute Coos Bay Baking/Pastry
Lane Community College Eugene Culinary Arts
Mt Hood Community College Gresham Culinary Arts
Oregon Culinary Institute Portland Baking/Pastry
Portland Community College Portland Culinary Assistant Training
Western Culinary Institute Portland Baking & Pastry Arts
Chemeketa Community College Salem Hospitality & Tourism Management