A Look Ahead:
The Recipe for Success:
TCL’s Lowcountry Culinary Institute
The Community Need
The region’s travel and tourism industry is the area’s number one economic driver. The industry competes on the national stage for an increasingly sophisticated culinary consumer. For our local industry to remain healthy and competitive, restaurants and resorts need a locally trained, professional culinary workforce.
- In 2014, Beaufort County posted $1.2 billion dollars in domestic traveler expenditures, about a 5% increase over 2013.
- Travel and tourism expenditures supported $220.7 million in payroll and 13,000 County jobs.
- The County’s food services industry accounted for almost 30% of those dollars and more than 50% of the jobs.
- The County’s travel and tourism industry is expected to continue to grow, bolstered by local initiatives that aim to attract visitors to the area.
The new TCL Lowcountry Culinary Institute, a 25,000 square-foot best-in-class culinary training facility, will feature multipurpose teaching kitchens, academic classrooms, and a teaching restaurant. Associate degrees and certificates in a variety of in-demand culinary disciplines and specializations will be offered.
- The Sea Pines Resort
- Serg Group
- The Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort
- The Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island
- The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa
- US Foods
- Fat Patties