Oregon Culinary Institute

All Blog Posts

Restaurant Startup Checklist: How To Open a Successful Restaurant

Posted on August 09, 2019

Opening your very own restaurant is a great way to indulge in your passion and make a living at the same time. If you hope to make the most of your investment in time, money and energy, it’s best that you have a plan. To ensure you’ve got everything you need to set yourself and your business up for success, use this restaurant startup checklist. Set Out With the Right Intentions With any busin...
Read more...

10 Skills Needed to Be a Chef [Qualities of a Good Chef]

Posted on July 30, 2019

The Food Network raised the bar for chefs around the world. Foodie shows have made being a chef even more chic and fashionable. If you’re an aspiring cook who wants to have a career in the food industry, you need a good education to refine your palate, learn the business side of the industry, and take your passion for food to the next level. Do you have the skills needed to be a chef? Here are 1...
Read more...

6 Cake Decorating Techniques You’ll Learn In Baking School

Posted on July 22, 2019

Professional cake decorating techniques are the difference between the cakes your mom made for you growing up and that gorgeous wedding cake you see on the cover of Bon Appétit. Both are created with love, but unless your mom was Martha Stewart, or dad was Paul Hollywood, the cake probably wasn’t the most photogenic slice of art. Professional cakes are designed to be stunning, and as baking show...
Read more...

10 Networking Tips for Chefs in the Restaurant Industry

Posted on July 15, 2019

No matter how gifted you are in the kitchen, your career may never get off the ground if you’re unable to sell your skills to others. Networking as a chef can be overwhelming, especially if you’re fresh out of school. These 10 tips can help you structure your strategy to make worthwhile connections immediately. 1. Keep in Touch With Classmates If you participated in a culinary program, you alre...
Read more...

What Is Culinary Math? How Your Math Skills Can Improve Your Cooking

Posted on July 09, 2019

Chefs aren’t immune from academic standards. To be a good cook, you have to know science, math, reading and more. Culinary math isn’t necessarily like algebra, but it will take knowledge about ratios, decimals, fractions and percentages. You’ll have to be familiar with the metric system and English units of measurement. Recipe Conversion The skills most people learn in elementary school are imp...
Read more...