Culinary Arts at Greenville Technical College

Culinary Institute

The Culinary Institute of the Carolinas at Greenville Technical College provides students with basic food knowledge and culinary techniques for classical and current trends. All courses are built from a foundation of competencies required for American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC) accreditation, which means our program stays current with industry expectations. 

State-of-the-art facilities

Greenville Technical College's Culinary Institute of the Carolinas offers you the best possible environment for gaining culinary skills with state-of-the-art facilities that include five kitchens, a room designed especially for ice carving, and the finest tools of the trade such as programmable combination ovens and blast chillers. Students gain real-world experience while serving customers during events held in the upscale dining room.

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A career you can count on

A career in culinary arts is a blend of discipline and creativity. Depending on experience, employment options may include:

  • Executive, sous, pastry or banquet chef in restaurants, private clubs, hotels or resorts
  • Hospital, nursing home, and extended care food service
  • Assistant restaurant manager
  • Personal chef
  • Private catering chef
  • Restaurant line cook 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also has information on national trends in culinary and related careers.

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What you’ll learn in the program

All courses are built from a foundation of competencies required for American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) accreditation. Approximately 80 percent of the required courses are offered evenings and weekends, with some required day classes/labs in order to graduate. Courses are arranged with sensitivity to those combining work and class schedules.

Skills taught include:

  • Fundamentals of culinary and baking science
  • Safety and sanitation laws and regulations
  • Identifying, preparing, and serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Business math skills including recipe conversion, cost control, labor analysis, and employee payroll and related tax computations
  • Nutrition
  • Menu preparation
  • Food service equipment
  • Written and oral communication
  • Human relations and personnel management
  • Quality standards and food regulations
  • Customer service
  • Business etiquette and manners

The student learning outcomes for the Culinary Arts Technology program are:

  • Perform a variety of dining room services, dining room functions, and computer skills.
  • Prepare a variety of hot and cold food products using basic cooking and baking fundamentals and operate a variety of equipment.
  • Apply principles of nutrition to menu planning and food preparation and develop an understanding of basic principles for safety and sanitation.
  • Evaluate different styles of leadership and develop skills in human relations and personal management.
  • Perform mathematical functions related to food service operations and apply the overall concept of purchasing, receiving, and storing food and beverage.
  • Demonstrate computer skills.

CIC Mission Statement

The Culinary Arts Institute of the Carolinas at Greenville Technical College is dedicated to providing the region’s best professional culinary education.  Excellence, leadership, professionalism, ethics, and respect for diversity are the core values that guide our efforts.  We teach our students the general knowledge and specific skills necessary to live successful lives and to grow into positions of influence and leadership in their chosen profession. 



ACFEF logoThe Culinary Arts concentration of the associate degree is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Educational Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC). This means the program meets or exceeds an established standard of excellence and remains current with industry expectations.

American Culinary Federation Education Institutional Accrediting Commission Required Knowledge and Competencies (pdf)

Greenville Technical College 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 Greenville Technical College.

Program details and courses

Culinary Arts Technology
Associate in Applied Science

This program covers basic skills, methods and techniques for all aspects of food preparation to prepare students for food production positions including a la carte, catering, buffet preparation and display of foods and eventual advancement into executive roles. Focus is also concentrated in areas of food and beverage management, purchasing, sanitation, marketing, cost control, law, and nutrition.

The Culinary Arts concentration is an accredited program by the American Culinary Federation Educational Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC). Graduates are eligible for the Certified Culinarian designation, which can lead to sous chef, lead line chef, lead line supervisor or executive chef positions. 

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Baking and Pastry Arts
Certificate in Applied Science

This certificate program is focused on the skills required for employment within a confectionary setting, including restaurants, hotels, clubs and retail bakeries.

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Culinary Education
Certificate in Applied Science

This certificate program assists students in preparing for certification with the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation or for advanced production classes in the Culinary Arts Technology associate degree program.

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Sustainable Agriculture
Certificate in Applied Science

This program prepares students for positions in agribusiness, particularly in the areas of entrepreneurship and farming. The skills taught also include basic business principles to support the financial success of a graduate’s chosen profession. The program is designed to strengthen our local food system and local economy by providing knowledgeable and skilled employees.

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General Technology
Associate in Applied Science
Sustainable Agriculture and Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship Career Path 


This degree will prepare students with the essential requirements for sustainable agriculture and the factors that influence farm management and agricultural policies, sustainable crop production, environmental strategies,
equipment farm safety, basic farm structure construction and maintenance, and management to include marketing
and communication and business plan development. The business component of this degree delivers an emphasis on

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Gainful Employment Disclosure

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, we encourage you to review our gainful employment disclosure information for Baking and Pastry Arts, Culinary Education and Sustainable Agriculture.