For those of us who call Portland home, it’s about quality, not quantity.

When it comes to food, Portland leads, rather than follows. In fact, talented chefs come to Portland from all over to cook the ways they always wanted to. And with the city’s location in the lush Willamette Valley, local, seasonal, farm-to-table cuisine is a way of life.

The restaurant scene is just one element that makes Portland one of the most livable cities in the world. The city is famous for its bike friendliness and mass transit options. Beautiful beaches are just an hour to the west, and year-round snow-capped mountains an hour to the east. Travel a little further east and you’ll find yourself in the high desert. Outdoor recreation abounds, both outside the city and even within it.

A world-class food city such as Portland deserves its own world-class culinary school. The people behind OCI are from here. Our roots are here. We have one location, and we deliberately chose to build our school here to both feed Portland’s food scene and to be a part of it.

At Oregon Culinary Institute, we teach students the Portland approach to sourcing, prepping and cooking, with the goal of providing them the skills and confidence needed to succeed.