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Culinary Institute of Charleston

By educating many students in the areas of hospitality, tourism and culinary arts, the Culinary Institute of Charleston plays an integral role in the Lowcountry’s hospitality and tourism industry. It offers a wide array of credit and continuing education (noncredit) offerings to meet the diverse training needs of the industry. Credit programs include associate degree and certificate programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry, sports and nutrition, and hospitality and tourism. Continuing education courses and community interest sessions are also offered as well as specific industry training workshops.

What makes the Culinary Institute of Charleston a wise choice for your education?

  • Expertly-equipped facilities at two campuses
  • Experienced chefs and instructors
  • Hands-on training in our restaurants and labs
  • A strong commitment and involvement in the community
  • Longstanding expertise – 25 years of meeting needs in the culinary and hospitality industry


Trident Technical College’s Culinary Arts programs are accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation, and graduates are eligible for ACF certification. The college’s Hospitality and Tourism programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration.

Vision and Mission Statements

Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts Division Vision Statement:

The Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College will create a foundation for student excellence, commitment to our community and enrichment of the industry that we serve.

Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts Division Mission Statement:

The Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College provides students with the technical skill sets needed by our industry and community partners and gives students viable options when seeking employment in this highly competitive field.

Conference Services

TTC offers complete conference and state-of-the-art technology services.

Dine in our Restaurants

Taste the future of Charleston's culinary scene in the student-run dining rooms at the Culinary Institute of Charleston.

Relish Restaurant

Relish Restautant
Experience downtown dining in this bright contemporary restaurant that is an Open Table's Diner's Choice Winner for Great for Lunch in Charleston and South Carolina. Located in the Culinary Institute of Charleston's Main Campus, skilled CIC students produce and serve the creative cuisine. The Relish Restaurant provides the most attractive value and venue in the neighborhood.

7000 Rivers Ave., Bldg. 920, North Charleston
For reservations: www.resy.com

181 Palmer

181 Palmer

181 Palmer is the Culinary Institute of Charleston's restaurant on its downtown campus. The facility's design, highlighted by bold lines and bright colors, garnered LS3P Associates an Honor Award, the American Institute of Architect's highest. Inside 181 Palmer's sparkling glass walls, tables are dressed in crisp linens and Stolzle stemware and advanced technology streams in action from the kitchen. The three-course prix fixe menu delivers a value that Southern Living magazine labeled "How to Save Money on Fine Cuisine."

66 Columbus St., Downtown Charleston
For reservations: www.resy.com