Culinary and hospitality professionals are vital to the tourism industry. A culinary professional has not only developed the skills in the mechanics of cooking but is responsible for receiving and preparing food, serving, and maintaining quality standards and proper sanitation throughout the process. Culinary professionals work in a wide variety of settings, such as in health care, sales, catering, research and development, sports and nutrition, private homes, and, of course, in restaurants, clubs, hotels and resorts. They might also be employed as kitchen managers, work in retail or even write cookbooks and articles for culinary publications. The job outlook is excellent.
Hospitality professionals are the leaders in the tourism industry. Whether you want to manage hotels or bed and breakfast establishments, attractions, events or restaurants, the opportunities in the field are endless. Lodging and resort managers affect every aspect of the guest’s stay. Event planners and convention services managers organize travel, food and beverage, lodging and entertainment for corporate and leisure travelers.
The Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College plays an integral role in the Lowcountry’s hospitality and tourism industry. It offers a wide array of course offerings to meet the diverse training needs of the industry.
Successful culinary professionals are passionate and excited about what they do. You must be willing to eat, drink and sleep food and put in long hours. You must understand the culture behind the food so you can appreciate it.
In hospitality, effective communication skills are vital. Organizational planning as well as leadership, team-building and problem-solving skills are key in all areas of the field. Hospitality professionals must be proficient in industry-specific technology, such as electronic property management systems, spreadsheets and online marketing and guest interaction software.
Students interested in transferring to a four-year college for a bachelor’s degree in culinary or hospitality can get their start at TTC. While most transfer students begin in the Associate in Arts program, some of the other associate degrees offer transfer possibilities. Advisors can help you select the best program and courses to meet your transfer goal.
Noncredit Continuing Education Courses (earn CEUs)