Oregon Coast Culinary Institute offers virtual cooking classes to the community

Anne Matthews News, OCCI News

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Oregon Coast Culinary Institute is excited to be offering community cooking classes, done virtually, with Chef Randy Torres. Brunch is the best, isn’t it? Learn how to take your brunch to the next level. Chef Torres will demonstrate the skills to help you achieve your Blissful Brunch. Cook along with the expert via Zoom in your own kitchen. Sat., Dec. 5; 11 am – 2 pm; $75 fee includes …

Oregon Coast Culinary Institute’s Ice Team takes home Gold

Anne Matthews OCCI News

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Oregon Coast Culinary Institute (OCCI) competitive Ice Team traveled to Frankenmuth, Michigan in January, where they won the National Ice Carving Association U.S. National Collegiate Ice Carving Championship. The competition was hosted by John Zehnder of Frankenmuth. OCCI’s newly formed team competed in three categories: Compulsory Single Block Design; Freestyle; and Multi-Block. The team took …

OCCI Student Team wins ACF National Championship

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Oregon Coast Culinary Institute’s Executive Director/Chef Randy Torres led the OCCI Student Team through a winning year. The team claimed the 2019 American Culinary Federation’s national title after a grueling competition with the nation’s top five other student teams. The team traveled in August to the ACF National Convention in Orlando, Florida, to compete as the reigning Western Regional Champs. …

Try out for the award-winning Culinary Student Team

Elise Hamner OCCI News

Each year OCCI selects five students to join its elite team of student chefs to compete in regional and possibly the national American Culinary Federation championship competition. You could be one of these students! The OCCI Student Team has won the national American Culinary Federation’s Student Team of the Year championship twice – once in 2016 and again in 2019. …

Culinary training opens door to Bandon Dunes resort

Elise Hamner OCCI News

Imagine a career where your office is a kitchen. Every day, that’s precisely where Maria Gutierrez goes – into her grill station “office” in one of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort’s restaurants.  “It was definitely a wonderful experience coming to OCCI. I learned everything I needed to work in a restaurant,” Maria said. Maria grew up in a family who cooked …

Oregon Coast Culinary Institute Students Win the Gold

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Coos Bay, OR – In early February 2016, Oregon Coast Culinary Institute’s (OCCI) Culinary Competition Team traveled with their coach, Chef Randy Torres, to Reno, Nevada to compete in the American Culinary Federation’s (ACF) Western Regional Culinary Salon. The team, newly formed this year, was proud to place first and win the gold medal after months of practice.  Team members are Kirsten …