YOUR RECIPE FOR SUCCESS


The Culinary Arts Technology Associate Degree program will give you the skills you need to become a highly competent  professional chef. Your degree from TCL’s Culinary Institute of the South will open doors for elite positions in the finest restaurants in the Lowcountry and beyond.

The 66-credit-hour program features hands-on instruction in a number of in-demand culinary disciples. Classes cover recipe and menu planning; preparing and cooking of foods;  supervising and training kitchen assistants; the management of food supplies and kitchen resources; aesthetics of food presentation; and familiarity or mastery of a wide variety of cuisines and culinary techniques.

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  • ENROLLMENT EXPO


    4-6 p.m., Thursday, June 17
    TCL New River Campus

    Join us to learn all about the Culinary Institute of the South. Meet faculty and area employers while getting answers to all of your enrollment questions. You’ll even be able to submit your admissions application during the event.

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    ACCREDITATION


    Technical College of the Lowcountry is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Technical College of the Lowcountry.

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    Start this program now at our brand new state-of-the-art kitchen at the TCL New River Campus. You’ll be on track to expand your culinary skills when the Culinary Institute of the South opens this fall.

    Quick Facts


    HANDS-ON

    Get hands-on training from some of the finest chefs in the world.

    IN-DEMAND

    Local restaurants and resorts need well-trained, professional chefs.

    WELL-ROUNDED

    Customer service training and principles of entrepreneurship round out the curriculum.

    Chef Miles Huff

    Dean

    WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING


    “TCL IS ELEVATING CULINARY ARTS AS A PROFESSION AND AS AN INDUSTRY HERE IN THE LOWCOUNTY.”

    FAQS & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    Program Cost

    Tuition: 66 credits x $190 per credit = $12,540.

    Remember, this is before S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance and other financial aid, which could drop your costs by more than half. In fact, after financial aid, many TCL students attend for free.

    *Based on Fall 2019 in-state, in-service-area tuition. Your actual cost may differ. Does not include fees, books and other costs. Qualifications vary.

    The Career

    Employment of chefs and head cooks is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Population and income growth will result in greater demand for high-quality dishes at a variety of dining venues.

    Consumers also are continuing to demand healthier meals made from scratch in restaurants, in cafeterias, in grocery stores, and by catering services. To ensure high-quality dishes, these establishments are increasingly hiring experienced chefs to oversee food preparation.

    The S.C. mean wage for chefs and head cooks is $37,110, according to 2017 reports from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Is this program right for you?

    The program is a great fit for those who:

    • Are creative and innovative.
    • Have physical stamina to endure long shifts while standing.
    • Have great time-management skills.
    • Can handle hectic and fast-paced work environments.

    Program Dean


    Chef Miles Huff

    Dean, Culinary Arts & Hospitality

    843-470-6046

    New River Campus, Bldg 50, Rm. 208

    Instructors


    Jacqueline Orak

    Culinary Arts & Hospitality Department Chair / Instructor

    843-470-6031

    New River Campus, Bldg. 50, Rm. 118

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