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.

Related Programs


Career Coach

Request More Info

  • Should be Empty:
  • Quick Facts


    HANDS-ON

    Get hands-on training from some of the finest chefs in the world from our own local world-renowned resorts.

    IN-DEMAND

    Local restaurants and resorts need well-trained, professional chefs. The S.C. mean wage for chefs and head cooks is $46,990.

    WELL-ROUNDED

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

    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.

    ENROLL NOW!


    We are enrolling now for classes at TCL’s brand new Culinary Institute of the South. Plus, general education courses can be completed at any campus or online.


    WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING


    “TCL is elevating culinary arts as a profession and as an industry here in the Lowcountry.”

    Chef Francine Marz
    Dean

    FAQS & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    Program Cost

    Tuition: 67 credits x $214 per credit = $14,338.

    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. See more about paying for TCL.

    *Based on Fall 2022 in-state, in-service-area tuition. Your actual cost may differ. Does not include fees, books and other costs. Qualifications vary.

    The Career

    The S.C. mean wage for chefs and head cooks is $47,780, according to 2021 reports from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Employment of chefs and head cooks is projected to grow 6 percent from 2019 to 2029, 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.

    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


    Francine Marz

    Dean, Culinary & Hospitality

    843-305-8535

    Culinary Institute of the South, Rm 206

    Instructors


    Sam Carpenter

    Culinary Arts & Procurement Instructor

    843-305-8582

    Culinary Institute of the South, Rm 203

    Jeffery Hollenbeck

    Culinary Arts Instructor

    843-305-8515

    Culinary Institute of the South, Rm 203

    Culinary Arts News

    Culinary Institute to hold Enrollment Expo on April 18

    Culinary Institute to hold Enrollment Expo on April 18

    Is food your first love? Looking to take your skills to the next level? If so, now’s your chance to ...
    Read More
    Culinary Institute of The South’s café and bistro – now open

    Culinary Institute of The South’s café and bistro – now open

    Diners and foodies take note: The Bistro and Clist Café are now open at the Culinary Institute of the South ...
    Read More
    Culinary Institute of the South opens to the community

    Culinary Institute of the South opens to the community

    Several hundred turned out for the celebration showcasing TCL's newest campus A crowd that included roughly several hundred people from ...
    Read More
    Chefs' Table raises more than $120,000

    Chefs’ Table raises more than $120,000

    Funds raised from the benefit will go to support the Culinary Institute of the South Thanks to the generous support ...
    Read More
    Public to get ‘first look’ at Culinary Institute of the South this week

    Public to get ‘first look’ at Culinary Institute of the South this week

    Grand opening and ribbon cutting to include food, refreshments and tours of new campus A grand opening and ribbon cutting ...
    Read More
    TCL faculty and staff

    Culinary Institute to hold Enrollment Expo – Sept. 16

    For those who may have missed the first one, the Culinary Institute of the South at Technical College of the ...
    Read More

    Author