With an aging population and obesity on the rise, healthy cooking is in demand.

This new certificate program will prepare individuals to provide professional chef and related cooking services in restaurants, hospitals, assisted living facilities, and for other health and wellness providers.

The Healthy Cooking & Baking Certificate includes instruction in 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.

The 24-credit-hour curriculum features 8 hands-on classes in and out of the kitchen. Courses include introductions to baking and food production and an emphasis on health and nutritional cooking including Mediterranean Cuisine. Classes in hospitality sanitation and computers round out the curriculum.

Plus, this program is eligible for the S.C. Wins Scholarship, which can pay up to $65 per credit hour.

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    We are enrolling now for fall classes at TCL’s brand new Culinary Institute of the South. Plus, general education courses can be completed at any campus or online. You could be our first graduating class!

    Quick Facts


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


    500 new culinary jobs are expected annually in the Lowcountry.


    Finish the program in just one year.

    Chef Miles Huff





    Program Cost

    Tuition: 24 credits x $200 per credit = $4,800.

    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 students attend for free. See more about paying for TCL.

    *Based on Fall 2021 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 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.

    The S.C. mean wage for chefs and head cooks is $46,990, according to 2020 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


    New River Campus, Bldg 50, Rm. 208


    Jacqueline Orak

    Culinary Arts & Hospitality Department Chair / Instructor


    New River Campus, Bldg. 50, Rm. 118

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