Howdy, Bigben and welcome to Chef Talk. This is the forum for introducing yourself, but the best forum for finding out about cooking schools is in the Culinary Students' forum a bit farther down the list.
How did you get started cooking? What are your favorite dishes to cook or bake? Are there ingredients from your part of the country that you especially like to work with, like seafood or berries? I'm remembering that Astoria was at the end of Lewis and Clark's trek, right?