Great Lakes Culinary Institute named among best culinary schools

TRAVERSE CITY — The Great Lakes Culinary Institute at Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) has been named among the 30 best culinary schools for 2018 by Best Value Schools.

This ranking was created using the National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator database to identify the 30 best culinary schools in the United States based on the following methodology:

  • Variety of Degree Programs
  • Program Length
  • Methods of Preparedness
  • Facilities
  • Reputation
  • Cost

The Great Lakes Culinary Institute's facility is located on NMC's Great Lakes Campus. It is comprised of four culinary labs including a bakery, introductory and food skills kitchen, an advanced cooking kitchen, a garde manger kitchen, a beverage management outlet and Lobdell's, a 90-seat training restaurant.

"NMC is proud to have grown the Great Lakes Culinary Institute from its beginning to the impressive program it is today, producing incredible chefs and culinary entrepreneurs practicing throughout our region and around the world," says Timothy J. Nelson, NMC President. "We are also excited to be a leader in the future of this field, developing new ways to engage with and educate the culinary leaders of tomorrow."

The Great Lakes Culinary Institute at NMC offers both an associate's degree in culinary arts and various certificate programs. Regardless of the program, students get hands-on training in state-of-the-art kitchens, as well as an internship opportunity for professional networking. Read more about the program at

Best Value Schools researches and provides objective, accurate, and up-to-date facts about colleges and universities that deliver the best overall value for the educational dollar. The site addresses relevant and important topics, including financial aid and assistance, support and service for the student, and return on investment (ROI). Best Value Schools answers frequently asked questions and offers tips and information related to college savings and more. Read the full article at the following link:

RELEASE DATE: August 17, 2018

For More Information:

Fred Laughlin
Great Lakes Culinary Institute Director
(231) 995-1197


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