The Culinary Institute of the South offers hands-on, practical training in three main disciplines: culinary arts, baking and pastry, and hospitality. The Institute’s instructors are highly trained, experienced and credentialed. Expand your menu of skills by completing internships in the Lowcountry’s own world-renowned restaurants and resorts. Students will study both theory and practical kitchen applications along with hospitality management and operations. Customer service training and principles of entrepreneurship are also key components.

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Enroll now for classes at TCL’s the state-of-the-art Culinary Institute of the South in Bluffton. General education courses can be completed at any campus or online.


ASSOCIATE DEGREE — enroll now!

Master a variety of cuisines and culinary techniques. Classes include the certificate curriculum plus menu planning; hospitality management; food and beverage controls; and marketing. General education courses and an internship round out the curriculum. Graduates are prepared to provide professional culinary services in restaurants and other commercial food establishments.


This certificate can be completed in just two semesters and focuses on cooking and related culinary arts skills and prepares individuals for a variety of jobs within the food service industry. Includes instruction in food preparation; cooking techniques; equipment operation and maintenance; sanitation and safety; communication skills; applicable regulations; and principles of food service management.


Our newest program, courses include baking and food production and emphasize healthy cooking techniques and ingredients with a focus on nutrition and Mediterranean cuisine specifically. Classes in hospitality sanitation and computers round out the curriculum.


ASSOCIATE DEGREE — enroll now!

Classes include the certificate curriculum plus courses in general education; laminated doughs and pastries; candies and confectioneries; hospitality marketing and management; and an internship. Graduates are prepared to land meaningful baking and pastry positions or start their own businesses.

CERTIFICATE — enroll now!

In less than a year of studies, this certificate program prepares students to work in restaurants or other commercial baking establishments. Courses include artisan breads, cake decorating, a survey of the hospitality industry and more.


ASSOCIATE DEGREE — enroll now!

Learn how to manage hospitality operations and facilities. Courses include the certificate curriculum plus courses in general education; hospitality industry principles; communications and leadership; hospitality law; marketing; convention and event management; and more. Internships provide valuable hands-on training and real-world experience. Graduates, with experience, can expect to fill supervisory positions.

CERTIFICATE — enroll now!

Upgrade your management skills to increase employment opportunities in just under a year. Courses help you build management skills in a variety of hospitality sectors including resort development, hotels, food service, conventions and more.

Personal Enrichment

Looking to take a class for fun? Check out our personal enrichment offerings here.