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Information provided here furnished by staff personnel or faculty member of the representative schools listed. Listings presented are, as submitted. The listings are by no means inclusive. We appreciate those who do make the effort to contact us and are pleased to pass along their information.

Western Culinary Institute
Culinary Arts, Hospitality & Restaurant Management and Patisserie & Baking
Portland, Oregon
As Americans’ tastes for fine cuisine grew in the 1980’s, so too did the demand for professionally-trained chefs. In 1983, two local businessmen, Horst Mager (locally famous for his Rheinlander restaurant and yearly Oktoberfest celebration) and Donald Waldbauer, teamed up to establish Western Culinary Institute (WCI). WCI quickly gained a reputation for being a private culinary arts program.

The school, originally called the Horst Mager Culinary Institute, and its quality hands-on curriculum attracted students from all over the United States, as well as many countries around the world, to Portland to study the culinary arts. In 1986, the school adopted its current name, Western Culinary Institute, to better reflect its geographic location in Oregon and its reputation as a nationally-recognized culinary institute.

Ten years later, WCI became a part of Career Education Corporation (CEC), a network of career schools known for its quality curricula and its ability to assist graduating students with finding positions within their chosen field. And in 1999, more prestige came with another affiliation: WCI formed a partnership with the world-famous Le Cordon Bleu so that all future WCI students can graduate with a coveted Le Cordon Bleu Diplôme in addition to the specialized degrees in Culinary Arts, Hospitality & Restaurant Management, or Pâtisserie & Baking. Visit the Le Cordon Bleu page for more information about this exciting union.

We are excited to have the opportunity to share with you information about our school – please take some time to review the website and contact us to receive more information about the school and your opportunities in the hospitality field.

Western Culinary Institute (Portland, Oregon)

Western Culinary Institute’s main campus, The Galleria is located at 921 Southwest Morrison St. Suite 400 Portland.

Culinary students take their first six weeks of classes at our 101 satellite location at 35 NW 20th Place. The building includes both lecture rooms and hands-on facilities for our first-year students to have the opportunity to learn the basics of sanitation and begin their kitchen training.

In addition to our teaching facilities, students can gain hands-on practice in our restaurant.


Western Culinary Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT). The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

The ACF is the designated national organization of the culinary industry. ACF accreditation allows Western Culinary Institute graduates to receive ACF certification points.


WCI is recognized for training by the following:
United States Bureau of Indian Affairs
Oregon State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation
Oregon and Washington State Employment Services

Affiliations and Memberships

WCI is affiliated with or a member of:

Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT)
American Culinary Federation (ACF)
California Restaurant Association
Chefs de Cuisine Society of Oregon
Executive Officers Club
International Association of Culinary Professionals
International Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine
International Society of Wine Educators
National Restaurant and Hospitality Association
Oregon Career College Association
Oregon Restaurant Association
Oregon and Washington Winegrower’s Association
Portland Oregon Chamber of Commerce
Portland Oregon Visitor’s Association (POVA)
Washington Restaurant Association

For More Information:
Western Culinary Institute
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