Culinary Institute of the South at TCL to host open house, live recipe contest

Published on March 14, 2024

Event will also feature cooking demos, tastings and giveaways

The Culinary Institute of the South at Technical College of the Lowcountry will host an open house and live recipe competition from 10 a.m. to noon on April 6, at the institute.

While the open house will be geared toward prospective students interested in attending the culinary school this summer and fall, the live event, cooking demonstrations and other activities are open to the general public.

“This is our way of showcasing not only the facility and our students but the industry too,” said Chef Francine Marz, Dean of the Culinary Institute of the South. “We want the community to come see all that our programs have to offer.”

Launched earlier this year, the “Tastes of Home” recipe contest – sponsored by King Arthur Baking Company and the culinary institute – was open to area high school and current culinary institute students. Seven finalists have moved forward to compete in the live event.

Finalists range from age 16 to 60 and recipes submitted include both sweet and savory dishes such as meat pies, dumplings, cakes and cookies. Contestants said they drew inspiration from holiday gatherings, family traditions, cultural heritage and more.


The Stories Behind the Recipes

A “People’s Choice Award” will be given to one contestant based on your favorite entry or story. Read the stories and decide which is your favorite!

Judges for the contest will include bakers from King Arthur, America’s most trusted baking resource and bakers from area businesses and eateries. Winners, which will be announced at the end of the competition, will receive either a trip to King Arthur in Vermont or a scholarship to the Culinary Institute of the South.

In addition to the competition, faculty and staff with the culinary institute will give cooking demonstrations and tastings and representatives from King Arthur will be on hand giving presentations about the company.

Enrollment and financial aid information for the culinary institute as well as all of TCL’s 60+ programs, along with tours of the facility, will be available for students.

Those interested in attending the event are encouraged to RSVP to

The Culinary Institute of the South is at 1 Venture Drive in Buckwalter Place, in Bluffton.