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Great Chefs Dinner

The annual Great Lakes ~ Great Chefs dinner was held Friday, November 1, 2019.  More »

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Lobdell's: A Teaching Restaurant

This 90-seat teaching restaurant serves as a working laboratory for culinary students.  More »

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Great Lakes Culinary Institute

Top Culinary Schools logoIf your favorite channel is the Food Network and your creativity comes alive in the kitchen, you may want to consider a career in the rapidly growing food service industry. At NMC’s Great Lakes Culinary Institute, where students “learn by doing,” you’ll receive training that will give you the competitive advantage in this field.

The Culinary Arts Program prepares you for entry-level chef and kitchen management positions. Consideration is given to the science and techniques associated with the selection, preparation and serving of foods to large and small groups.

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. Upon graduation, you will have an unbeatable combination of knowledge, skills and work experience.

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