Westmoreland College named top culinary school

2094_chefs_hat_character_running_with_tray_of_wine_and_plate_with_chickenWestmoreland County Community College is ranked the top culinary school in Pennsylvania by Best Choice Schools.

Criteria for the rankings included availability of hands-on experience, internship/externship opportunities, student operated restaurants, modern facilities, industry reputation and national accreditation by the American Culinary Federation.

Nationally, Westmoreland is ranked 40th among the top U.S. culinary schools. Westmoreland offerings acknowledged in the rankings include the associate in applied science degree programs in Baking and Pastry, Culinary Arts and Restaurant/Culinary Management.

“We’re thrilled to be recognized as the best culinary arts school in the state and among the top institutions in the country,” said Dr. Cindy Komarinski, dean of the School of Health Professions and the School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality.

“Our program graduates are employed throughout the United States at places such as Canyon Ranch in Las Vegas, The  Sheraton Grand, Phoenix and Universal Studios in Florida,” Komarinski said.

Within the region, Westmoreland culinary arts and hospitality graduates hold positions as executive chefs, operations managers and product development directors at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa, The Duquesne Club, Eat n’

Park Hospitality Group and Seven Springs Mountain Resort among other businesses.

Westmoreland is accepting applications for admission into the culinary arts and hospitality programs.

FMI: wccc.edu/culinary.