Western Culinary Institute

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Western Culinary Institute

Welcome to the Western Culinary Institute, located in Portland, Oregon. If you’re not familiar with our city, you’re in for a real treat. Two-thirds of our students come from out of state, and for good reason: Surrounded by rivers, mountains, and lush green hills, Portland is stunningly beautiful, and known for being one of the most livable cities in the United States. Though it’s a mid-sized city, it has a big-city feel. Portlanders enjoy an exciting array of arts and entertainment, including a thriving restaurant scene. In short, Portland is a great place in which to live, go to school, and work.  

Culinary Programs

Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Diploma
Cooking used to be seen as a hobby, but these days it’s looked upon as a smart career decision. No wonder-with America’s ever-growing love for fine dining, the culinary arts is one of the fastest growing professional fields. In fact, the industry is predicted to have 3 million new positions by 2005 (Newsweek, July 7, 1997). How’s that for job security?

With such a bright future ahead for the food service industry, career opportunities are virtually unlimited. Western Culinary Institute has specialized its curriculum for job- and career-oriented students. Students at WCI are interested in training that will prepare them for professional culinary careers and advancement opportunities.

The curriculum is structured to ensure that all diploma graduates receive a diversified education in culinary arts. This progressive, comprehensive training provides students the fundamentals needed to follow their chosen culinary career path.

Le Cordon Bleu Restaurant Management Diploma
The restaurant industry employs 11 million people, making it the nation’s largest employer outside of the government. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the restaurant industry’s growth will be 30 per cent over the next two years. Industry professionals and owners indicate that the biggest challenge facing the industry is finding educated, competent, and well-trained management personnel to handle this growth.

In order to meet the demand for qualified hospitality professionals, Western Culinary Institute has once again partnered with world renowned Le Cordon Bleu of Paris, France to offer this highly esteemed training considered among the best in the world. The 51 week program permits career-minded students to enter the workforce ready for the challenges in this exciting industry.

The Le Cordon Bleu Restaurant Management Diploma Program prepares graduates aspiring to seek employment at a range of levels in Restaurant Management. Restaurant Management courses will span the gap between the kitchen and the dining room. Students who successfully complete the program will be schooled in all aspects of managing restaurant facilities.

If you are an ambitious individual and want to develop the tools to be successful in this highly competitive and rewarding industry, then this program is for you. You can be a part of the best when you enter the Le Cordon Bleu Restaurant Management Diploma Program at Western Culinary Institute.


Western Culinary Institute students come from all types of backgrounds. Some are business professionals looking for a career change. Some are fresh out of high school. Others have worked in the restaurant industry and are looking to break old habits or earn a culinary arts diploma. But they all have one thing in common: A passion for cooking and/or service.

Here are some things you need to know should you choose to apply to WCI. Classes begin eight times a year; you may apply for admission to WCI up to one year prior to starting school. Whether you live in Oregon or are coming from out of state, you are encouraged to visit the school and arrange a personal interview. If you have questions about admissions or would like to make an appointment to tour the school, call or write to the Admissions Department, and you’ll be assigned an admissions representative.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is a process that many of our students utilize. Every student needs a plan for paying for their education. While some pay by cash, many students use financial aid to help with their college costs. Our friendly Financial Aid staff is available to assist you through the financial aid application process. We are committed to helping every student, whether applying for financial aid or paying by cash, in completing their financial aid plan. We’ve helped many students just like you. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify.

Career Resources

We realize that your experience at Western Culinary Institute will entail more than your coursework. You will need to find comfortable and affordable housing, acclimate to the city and its local and outlying amenities, acquaint yourself with campus facilities, and ultimately begin your search for employment within the culinary arts field. As a student you’ll have access to a number of resources we’ve provided to ease your transition into this new and exciting environment and to help make your WCI experience as rewarding as possible.


Western Culinary Institute
1201 SW 12th Avenue, Suite 100
Portland, OR 97205

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