Announcing OCI's New WEEKEND Culinary Arts Program!!!

Posted on July 16, 2015

We have some very exciting news! Oregon Culinary Institute will begin a weekends-only Culinary Arts Diploma Program starting October 3rd, 2015! This program was inspired by those career changers, homemakers, and serious culinary enthusiasts who have weekday obligations. The program lasts approximately 56 weekends, with a few breaks for holidays or other special circumstances.

Restaurant kitchens are fast-paced environments, requiring efficient, practiced and accurate skills, and the hands-on approach in our Culinary Diploma Arts Program will enable you to experience exactly what those environments are all about.
Our food philosophy mirrors that of Portland's - and the country's - best restaurants. Fresh. Seasonal. Farm-to-table. Local. Organic. Quality. And our students get to put it all into practice at our own open-to-the-public fine-dining restaurant before embarking on a professional externship. It's all designed to equip students with the skills and confidence needed to immediately start pursuing their dream career.

This 56 weekend program was designed to get students out and into the workforce quickly. The program focuses on the development of fundamental cooking skills and techniques and is designed to prepare students for working in a variety of industry settings. In just 56 weeks, you can be well on your way toward real restaurant work.

Request more information, or contact an Admissions Officer at 503-961-6200 today!


Oregon Culinary Institutes Chopped Champ!!!

Posted on July 15, 2015


We are excited to announce that one of our OCI graduates - Stacey Givens - was featured on the Food Network's show Chopped! Her episode, "Scoops On", aired Tuesday, June 30th and it was AWESOME! If you didn't have a chance to watch Stacey compete, click on the image above to access the full episode.


Stacey Givens of The Side Yard Farm & Kitchen is the epitome of farm to table here in Portland. After finishing culinary school, Stacey opened The Side Yard Farm - an urban farm, supper club, and catering company. Her mission: Providing Portland restaurants with creative produce and providing the local community with food, education and opportunity. Check out the video above to learn more about Stacey and her successful Urban Farm.

Tuna Day In OCI's Culinary Artistry Class

Posted on July 10, 2015

Students in this class will develop skills in advanced culinary theory, technique and plate presentation. Special emphasis is placed on plate composition and flavor techniques. The lab time will be devoted to advanced meat, game and seafood fabrication and utilization, with an emphasis on proper execution and plating for fine dining. For more photos, visit our Facebook page.


It's Never Too Late To Do What You Love.

Posted on July 03, 2015

"25 years in real estate sales; licensed in three states. It's never too late to do what you love." - OCI Baking and Pastry AAS Grad, Linda Naylor