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Chef Opportunities in Oregon

September 20, 2009 Le Cordon Bleu Portland 0 Comments

Oregon is a beautiful state with a landscape that inspires great paintings. From the rocky coastline to the fertile valleys lying beneath the majestic Cascade Mountains, it is the stuff that dreams are made of. It’s hard to resist the magic of this incredible country side.

It’s fitting that such a picturesque land would produce some of the country’s greatest fruits and vegetables. If you choose to attend culinary college in Oregon, you will have the opportunity use these wonderful foods in your dishes. The incredible diversity of crops and eclectic food culture presents an opportunity for a wonderful and rewarding career as a chef or any other type of culinary professional in Oregon.

Cooking and Baking in Portland

Let’s take a look at some of the delicious opportunities available to students graduating from culinary colleges in Portland.

Author of a Marionberry Cook Book
Marionberries are a species of blackberry created at Oregon State University in the 1940s and grown throughout the state. Oregonians are very proud of this delicious little, black berry. It possesses a more complex flavour than other blackberries, which makes a perfect choice for both sweet and savory dishes. Take your education and experience from culinary college in Oregon and become the recognized expert at cooking with these little treasures.

Own and Operate Your Own Smoked Seafood Restaurant
Its Pacific Coast geography makes Oregon an excellent place for fresh seafood. And one of the best ways to enjoy seafood is by smoking it. Two of Oregon’s biggest seafood crops are salmon and Dungeness crab. Both of which are excellent candidates for smoking. Whether you envision a small shack on the coast or an upscale restaurant in Portland, your smoked seafood restaurant could be a big hit.

Chef at a Raw Food Restaurant
Oregon farmers were some of the first to embrace sustainable and organic farming back in the 1970s. And many Oregonians soon embraced the sustainable food lifestyle. Today raw foods make up a rapidly growing segment of the organic food market. Picked fresh and served fresh, raw foods aren’t cooked or processed in any way. Open a raw food restaurant and you’ll know that you’re not only serving high quality food but contributing to the overall health of your customers.

Personal Chef in Portland
It seems that we all keep getting busier. Our schedules are always full with work, children’s activities, and charity events leaving little time for some of life’s other necessities like cooking and serving meals. While regrettable for some, it creates an opportunity for anyone who wants to create a business that caters to those too busy to create delicious, home-cooked meals. Your personal chef business could create pre-cooked and pre-portioned meals for Portlanders on the go. They only need to reheat and serve your delicious creations.

Competitive Barbeque Chef
You may not think of the Pacific Northwest as a hot bed for barbeque cooking, but you should think again. Oregon has a very active barbeque scene with many restaurants that serve this traditionally southern fare. It is also a great place to practice competitive barbeque as a member of the Pacific Northwest Barbeque Association, a group whose mission is to educate the public in the furtherance and development of authentic barbecue knowledge. So get your portable smoker, a couple of big coolers, and all of your secret bbq techniques and become the next champion barbeque chef from Oregon.


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