Overview of Culinary Training in South Carolina

From Charleston to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina showcases a rich cultural environment steeped in Southern tradition. Aspiring chefs are sure to find inspiration in its culinary delights. And whether your tastes lean toward clam bakes and hushpuppies or roasted pork and steamed greens, there is a culinary program available to teach you to master the skills to sate your senses.

Getting the Skills

Making a delicate soufflé may require finesse, but it’s no brain surgery. And getting into a culinary school isn’t like getting into medical school. Don’t worry about studying for entrance tests or writing elaborate personal statements: Admissions to most culinary schools usually calls for only a high-school diploma or GED. Some programs may ask for a little more, and you may be asked to show off some basic skills in the kitchen or to prove you know your way around a recipe. Work experience and seminars are also useful in showcasing your knowledge if you’re looking at a slightly more competitive school.

No matter the program, the most important part of it is the kitchen. You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs, and you can’t break eggs in a stodgy classroom lined with desks. Make sure your program has a top-notch kitchen, fully equipped and run by the students. Also look for a kitchen that is open to the public, with offerings like gourmet dinner nights. Experienced instructors and opportunities for internships and apprenticeships are more key qualities to look for in a program. The goal is to get hands-on, practical training that is going to prepare you for the job market.

Degrees for Busy Adults

The fast-paced business world waits for no one, and many adults are eager to finish their training in a timely manner and to enter the job market as quickly as possible. Many culinary programs seem designed with this in mind. Most programs only take two years or less to complete, depending on whether you choose to complete an associate’s degree or a certificate program. (Bachelor’s degrees are also available at some programs.) Night classes and online classes are also options at many schools.

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Getting your hands dirty means getting in the kitchen. But that doesn’t mean that online options are out. Some online courses offer video instruction, and many more offer complementary programs to finish a degree after basic lab instruction has been completed. Hospitality and tourism degrees are often available exclusively online.

The list below showcases the top schools with culinary programs in the state.

Getting a Piece of the Pie

The National Restaurant Association predicts a jobs increase of about 20 percent across the state in the next 10 years. The group estimates that restaurant jobs account for 11 percent of the market. So there are plenty of opportunities. Typical food industry salaries in South Carolina range according to position, city, and experience. A waiter/waitress will earn an annual average salary of $20,200; a Registered Dietitian earns $56,650; a first-line supervisor will earn about $33,870; a head chef will earn approximately $46,360; and a restaurant cook earns an average salary of around $25,730.

2019 wage data sourced from the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook. Current wage conditions in your area may vary.

But don’t wait until you graduate to try to get experience. Internships and apprenticeships can help you make connections and build valuable experience that will increase your marketability later. Also, start going to local cooking competitions and food festivals to network and build your reputation. The Lowcountry Oyster Festival, the Hilton Head Island Wine and Food Festival and the World Grits Festival offer a range of options to show off different skills.

Campus-based schools

Bob Jones University
1700 Wade Hampton Blvd.
Greenville, SC 29614
Culinary Arts
TRACS Accredited

Clemson University
201 Sikes Hall
Clemson, SC 29634
Food, Nutrition, and Culinary Sciences
Food Science
Food Technology
SACS Accredited

College of Charleston
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Hospitality and Tourism Management
SACS Accredited

Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College
PO Box 118067
Charleston, SC 29423
Culinary Arts Technology
Baking and Pastry
Hospitality and Tourism Management
Food and Beverage Operations
Hotel Operations
Event Management
CCSACS, ACF, & PHA Accredited

Denmark Technical College
1126 Solomon Blatt Blvd
Denmark, SC 29042
Culinary Arts
SACS Accredited

Garrett Academy of Technology
2731 Gordon Street
North Charleston, SC 29405
Culinary Arts
ACF Accredited

Greenville Technical College
PO Box 5616
Greenville, SC 29606
Culinary Arts Technology
Baking and Pastry Arts
Culinary Education
CCSACS Accredited

Horry-Georgetown Technical College
743 Hemlock Avenue
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577-5044
Culinary Arts Technology
General Business: Hospitality Management Emphasis
CCSACS Accredited

The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institute of Charleston
24 North Market Street
Charleston, SC 29401-2623
Culinary Arts
Culinary Arts – Baking and Pastry
Wine, Spirits and Beverage Management
Culinary Arts Management
CCSACS Accredited

Winthrop University
701 Oakland Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29733
Food Systems Management
CCSACS Accredited

Online-based Instruction Available Nationwide

American Culinary Federation
The ACF has over 200 chapters in the United States; its main campus is located in Florida
180 Center Place Way
St. Augustine, FL
Continuing Education
Chef Certification
Chef Educators
Food Safety Certification
ACFEFAC Accredited

The Art Institutes of Pittsburgh – Online Division
The Ai has over 40 campus locations across North America, plus this online campus
420 Blvd of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA
Hotel and Restaurant Management
Culinary Management
MSCHE Accredited

Ashworth College
430 Technology Pkwy
Norcross, GA
Professional Gourmet Cooking and Catering
Hotel and Restaurant Management
DETC Accredited

DeVry University
This University has 90 campus locations in 26 different states
One Tower Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Hospitality Management
HLC Accredited

eCornell is an online program and subsidiary of Cornell University, located in New York
950 Danby Road, Suite 150
Ithaca, NY
Leadership and Strategic Management
Project Leadership and Systems Design
Financial Management
Management Essentials
Human Resources Management
Hospitality and Foodservice Management
Certificate in plant-based nutrition
HRCI and PMI Approved

Johnson and Wales University
JWU has campuses in Providence, Charlotte, and North Miami; its largest campus is in Rhode Island
8 Abbott Park Place, Providence, RI 02903
Baking & Pastry Arts and Food Service Management
Culinary Arts and Food Service Management
NEASC Accredited

New England Culinary Institute
NECI has two campuses in Vermont; its main campus is in Montpelier
56 College Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
Hospitality and Restaurant Management
ACCSC Accredited

Penn Foster Career School
925 Oak Street
Scranton, PA 18515
Hotel and Restaurant Management
DETC & CHEA Accredited

Sullivan University
SU has three campuses in Louisville, Lexington and Fort Knox. The main campus for its Global e-Learning program is located in Louisville
2100 Gardiner Lane
Louisville, Kentucky 40205
Beverage Management
CCSACS & ACF Accredited

University of Phoenix
This University has campuses in over 40 states, and two locations in Canada
4602 East Elwood Street
Phoenix, AZ
Hospitality, Travel and Tourism
HLC Accredited

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