Culinary Arts

Professional Cooking - Certificate

The Professional Cooking certificate program prepares students for positions in food service operations such as hotels, country clubs, resorts, restaurants, healthcare facilities, and catering operations. Students study both theory and practical kitchen applications of the requirements of quality food preparation. Education within this field offers a range of employment opportunities and career progression in the culinary arts, baking, and pastry preparations. 

HGTC is anticipating growth in the Culinary Arts with projections for a new state-of the-art facility in the near future. Currently, first-year students attend classes on the Grand Strand campus and second-year students attend classes on the Conway campus. Students have the opportunity to participate in internships to observe and practice culinary skills.

For more information contact:

Joe Bonaparte (843) 349-3657

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Career Outlook

Food-service technicians are in high demand these days.  HGTC's Professional Cooking Certificate graduates will find employment in the following areas: 

  • Restaurants
  • Bake shops
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Cruise ships
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Catering operations

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For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry Georgetown Technical College’s Career Resource Center for more employment, career, and professional development  resources.