LET’S GET COOKING


Get on the path to a fast-paced, delicious career in Culinary Arts.

The travel and tourism industry is the Lowcountry’s number one economic driver, and restaurants and resorts desperately need a locally trained workforce. Answer their call.

This new certificate program focuses on the general study of cooking and related culinary arts. Get the training you need to land a variety of jobs within the food service industry. You’ll have the skills you need to provide professional chef and related cooking services in restaurants and other commercial food establishments.

The 24-credit-hour curriculum features 8 hands-on classes in and out of the kitchen. Courses include instruction in food preparation; cooking techniques; equipment operation and maintenance; sanitation and safety; communication skills; applicable regulations; and principles of food service management.

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

Quick Facts


HANDS-ON

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

IN-DEMAND

500 new culinary jobs are expected annually in the Lowcountry.

FAST TRACK!

Finish the program in just one year.

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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.

    ENROLL NOW!


    Enroll 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.

    Chef Miles Huff

    WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING


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

    Chef Miles Huff

    Dean

    FAQS & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    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 TCL students attend for free.

    *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

    843-305-8535

    Culinary Institute of the South, Rm 206

    Instructors


    Jacqueline Orak

    Culinary Arts & Hospitality Department Chair / Instructor

    843-305-8527

    Culinary Institute of the South, Rm 204

    Culinary Arts News

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    Culinary Institute to hold Enrollment Expo on April 18

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

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

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    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 ...
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    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 ...
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    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 ...
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    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 ...
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