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The Lowcountry’s travel and tourism industry is the area’s number one economic driver. For our local industry to remain healthy and competitive, restaurants and resorts need a locally trained, professional culinary workforce. It’s time to answer their call and enroll at the Technical College of the Lowcountry Culinary Institute of the South.

1 Venture Drive
Bluffton SC 29910
culinary@tcl.edu
843-305-8575

The Curriculum

The Culinary Institute of the South offers hands-on, practical training in culinary arts, baking and pastry, and hospitality. Highly trained, credentialed instructors teach both theory and practical application in and out of the kitchen. Expand your menu of skills by completing internships in the Lowcountry’s own world-renowned restaurants and resorts. Training in customer service, hospitality and entrepreneurship round out the curriculum. Plus, general education courses can be completed at any campus or online. Enroll now for spring classes at the all new Culinary Institute of the South.

Looking to take a class just for fun? We’ll be kicking off our Personal Enrichment classes in early 2022. Check back soon for complete information. .

Personal Enrichment
Coming Soon


Eat with Us:

Opening soon! Please be our guest. You can dine-in right in The Bistro, our teaching restaurant, or get a quick grab-and-go item from The Clist Cafe.

The Bistro – Coming Soon


About the Culinary Institute of the South

  • The all-new Culinary Institute of the South at Technical College of the Lowcountry is set to open in the fall of 2021 in Bluffton’s Buckwalter place with room for 350+ students.
  • The 30,305 square-foot best-in-class culinary training facility will feature six academic classrooms; two computer labs; two teaching kitchens; a baking lab; a lecture theater; a grab-and-go cafe, and a teaching restaurant.
  • Associate degrees and college certificates in a variety of in-demand culinary disciplines and specializations will be offered.
  • The FOODseum, an interactive museum, will preserve and bring to life the true story of Southern food.

Fast Facts

Culinary Institute of the South News

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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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 ...
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Dozens turn out for Culinary Institute’s Enrollment Expo

Dozens turn out for Culinary Institute’s Enrollment Expo

Over 100 registered in advance for the event featuring faculty and staff Some want to start a business or become ...
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Community gets first look inside Culinary Institute on hard hat tour

Community gets first look inside Culinary Institute on hard hat tour

Highlights from the event included a tour led by Chef Miles Huff – Dean of the Institute Community leaders, elected ...
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Chef decorating a plate at a restaurant

Culinary Arts fast-track summer program

Fast-track your way through four culinary arts summer classes in just 7 weeks and start at the head of the ...
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TCL hosting Chefs' Table Auction, video series

TCL hosting Chefs’ Table Auction, video series

The Culinary Institute of the South at Technical College of the Lowcountry is hosting its 2nd Annual Chefs' Table Benefit ...
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TCL names Foodseum

TCL names Foodseum

The Culinary Institute of the South at Technical College of the Lowcountry, set to open fall 2021, will now also ...
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Culinary Institute of the South breaks ground

Culinary Institute of the South breaks ground

Technical College of the Lowcountry hosted its groundbreaking ceremony for the Culinary Institute of the South on Tuesday, October 15 ...
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