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Washburne Culinary & Hospitality Institute and French Pastry School

Marshall Shafkowitz

Executive Director

Founded more than 75 years ago, Washburne Culinary & Hospitality Institute is one of the oldest culinary schools in the nation and provides students with the latest culinary and baking techniques, along with essential hands-on experience to ensure they are equipped to work in Chicago’s most successful restaurants, hotels, private clubs and other culinary establishments.     

Washburne offers three programs: Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management, and Baking and Pastry Arts.  There is no better culinary school in Chicago to earn an affordable certificate and/or associate degree than Washburne under the guidance and leadership of experienced chef and hospitality instructors. Classes at Washburne closely represent industry expectations and are reflected in rigorous classroom lab experiences.       

Hospitality Management supports the growth of the food service and hotel industry from an operational aspect.  Classes focus on restaurant and hotel operations emphasizing a guest-centered yet financially responsible approach to management.        

Washburne Culinary & Hospitality Institute is one of City Colleges of Chicago’s College to Careers sites, where we are working with industry leaders to ensure our curriculum provides students with the skills that are most important and valuable in the working world. Some of our College to Careers partners include:

  • Compass
  • Hyatt Hotels
  • Peninsula Hotel
  • Rome’s Joy Catering
  • Jimmy Bannos, a Washburne alumnus who owns Heaven on Seven and the Purple Pig restaurant          

The French Pastry School offers training in Pastry Arts.​​​​​​​




Faculty & Staff

Name Title​ Email​
Marshall Shafkowitz ​Executive Director/Dean, Washburne Culimary Institute ​
​Jori Orsini ​Associate Dean College to Careers ​
Abdul King​ ​Director of Enrollment Management ​

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Contact Information

(773) 602-5466
740 W 63rd St.
Suite 201, U Building
Chicago, IL 60621
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Washburne Office Hours
9am - 5pm Monday - Friday

Class times vary and are offered Monday thru Saturday and at two different campus locations: Kennedy King College's main campus and the South Shore Cultural Center.


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