The foodservice industry employs over 11 million people, making it the largest employer besides the US government. More and more people are looking to foodservice as their career, and the task of educating and training these individuals is an essential part of the future of the industry. Taking the helm as one of the top private culinary schools in the country is the Western Culinary Institute (WCI) , located in Portland, Oregon. Renowned for its partnership with the world-famous Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Program, the WCI offers a degree in Culinary Arts and a diploma in Hospitality and Restaurant Management. The WCI is the only Le Cordon Bleu school offering the Hospitality and Restaurant Management program, and students can complete the program in 51 weeks instead of 2-4 years which is standard at a college or university.

WCI students Focusing on training students for real-world experiences, the WCI teaches ChefTec in two of its Hospitality and Restaurant Management courses. With ChefTec, students learn how to run a back office efficiently and cost effectively.

Running a profitable operation takes countless hours of organization, accounting, management and, of course, cuisine. Many restaurant failures are due to the operator's lack of knowledge with the first three criteria. The WCI offers not only hands on experience with the culinary side, but also accounting and operations. With ChefTec, students learn how to gather vendor bids, create orders, enter invoices, cost out recipes, and track inventory. According to Brown, ChefTec is a natural choice for use in the classroom as it is user friendly, economical and helps students see the big picture of owning a restaurant.

For more information about the Western Culinary Institute please call (800) 666-0312. The school is located at:

1201 SW 12th Avenue, Suite 100
Portland, OR 97201
fax: (503) 223-0126

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