Top 5 Culinary Schools in Oregon

Top Culinary Schools in Oregon

Culinary Schools – Baking & Pastry Schools
Hospitality & Restaurant Management Schools in Oregon

There are some really good culinary schools and hospitality management schools in the state of Oregon. The best school for you will depend on several factors including where it is located, how much does it cost, what programs are offered and are there any scholarships available.

Some schools are big named for-profits while others are associated with small community colleges.  Some offer just culinary programs while others include baking, pastry, hospitality management. The schools listed below represent some of the best in the state of Oregon based on accreditation, reputations and student reviews.

Please note, tuition rates, scholarship money and programs offered can change from year to year. I’ll try to keep these numbers updated, but it is important to contact the school for up to date numbers.



Central Oregon Community College

With a state-of-the-art culinary education facility that rivals to be “best in the West”, Cascade Culinary Institute (CCI) is poised to educate the future innovators and leaders of the restaurant industry. Cascade Culinary Institute offers Associate of Applied Science degrees and certificates in Culinary Arts, Baking & Pastry Arts and Hospitality Management.

Bend Campus – 2600 N.W. College Way – Bend, Oregon 97703


Oregon Coast Culinary Institute

As the culinary arts field continues to grow at a vigorous pace, OCCI offers the practical, competitive skills necessary to ensure a rewarding career. Because of their small class sizes, students receive individualized, hands-on learning. Their certified chef/instructors have years of professional and teaching experience, accompanied by first-hand knowledge of what leading food service employers are looking for in graduates.

Coos Bay Campus1988 Newmark Ave, Coos Bay, OR 97420


Portland Community College

From training our community’s workforce to preparing students for four-year schools to leading the way in educational success and completion, the work we do at Portland Community College today is at the heart of our region’s success tomorrow. The Culinary Assistant program prepares students with disabilities for careers in food service and custodial service. This program, designed specifically for people with significant barriers to employment, has been offered by PCC since the 1970s. The Culinary Assistant program was awarded the Best Program from the Oregon Association for Vocational Special Needs Personnel (OAVSNP).

Portland Campus – 12000 SW 49th Ave. Portland, OR 97219


Oregon Culinary Institute

Oregon Culinary Institute

The Oregon Culinary Institute is  a fast-paced program designed to get students the training they need to compete as professionals in the rapidly growing culinary field. Located in Portland, Oregon

Portland Campus – 1717 SW Madison – Portland, OR 97205


 Culinary, Baking & Hospitality Career Outlook in Oregon

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the outlook for jobs in the restaurant, food service and hospitality industries is good with projected growth rates. The table below demonstrates some important information you may want to consider when deciding if going to culinary school and then working in Oregon is right for you.

Occupation Total Employment in Oregon(2014) Average Salary in Oregon (2014 Annual Hourly Wage
Bakers 2,240 $28,890 $13.89
Bartenders 10,410 $21,470 $10.32
Butchers & Meat Cutters 1,730 $33,690 $16.20
Chefs & Head Cooks 1,510 $40,550 $19.49
Cooks, Restaurant 21,920 $22,700 $10.92
Cooks, Fast Food 7,510 $20,590 $9.90
Cooks, Short Order 1,220 $22,700 $10.92
Food Service Managers 310 $54,510 $26.21
Hosts and Hostesses 3,640 $48,980 $23.55

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014

Culinary & Hospitality Industry in Oregon Statistics – the average culinary salary for job posting in Oregon are 6% lower than the average nationwide in March of 2013.

BLS* – In May of 2014, there were 1,510 Chefs & Head Cooks in the state of Oregon

BLS *- the average salary for these Chefs & Head Cooks was $45,870

BLS* – Average Hourly Wage for Chefs & Head Cooks is $19.71

The Restaurant Industry in Oregon

The restaurant industry in Oregon is a huge part of their economy and generate jobs for thousands of Oregon residents plus important tax revenues to the state. For every dollar spent in Oregon restaurants, an additional .97 cents is generated in the state’s economy.

According to

There were 9,393 eating and drinking places in Oregon in 2014

$6.9 billion in restaurant sales projected 2015

Restaurants will account for 183,500 (10%) jobs in Oregon in 2015

By 2025 the projections are 26,900 jobs, a 14.7% job growth


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Bureau of Labor Statistics –