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Washburne Culinary & Hospitality Institute

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          




Baking and Pastry Arts
Culinary Arts

Faculty & Staff

Name Title Email
Marshall Shafkowitz Executive Director/Dean, Washburne Culinary Institute​
Gregory Beachey Associate Dean, College to Careers​​

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Contact Information

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

Class times vary and are offered Monday thru Friday at Kennedy King College's main campus

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