The Culinary Arts program at Coastal Georgia provides a unique opportunity within our region for students interested in being chefs or working with food to learn professional skills from a highly-skilled and respected faculty. Located within the Golden Isles, this program provides boundless opportunities for aspiring chefs to hone their craft in a challenging but supportive environment.

Why study Culinary Arts at Coastal Georgia?

The Culinary Arts program is fully-accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission. We are the only program in Culinary Arts in the University System of Georgia that has ACF FAC accreditation. This is the highest external validation of the quality of our program, requiring that specific professional competencies are taught in the curriculum. Located in the Golden Isles - a premier destination for tourists and travelers - the opportunities for interacting with chefs from the region's world class resorts, hotels and restaurants are unparalleled. For students who are interested, there is an opportunity to stay on after completion of their associated degree in Culinary Arts, in order to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management.

What will I learn?

Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • Apply principles and concepts of quality food purchasing, including a focus on sustainable food items, food and baking preparation, service, and proper use of tools and equipment to produce and serve a variety of professional food items.
  • Apply the basic principles of culinary service, organization, sanitation, safety and sustainability in a food service operation to maintain the optimum health of the consumer.
  • Demonstrate skills in various areas of the culinary hierarchy, including human relations, leadership and personnel management, and ethical decision-making.
  • Discuss the standards of restaurant regulations involving liquor protocol and health and safety regulations.

Horst Schulze was a pivotal member of the Ritz Carlton Executive Team.

What can I do when I graduate?

Upon completion of the degree, students will be prepared to be cooks, chefs, purchasing agents, entrepreneurs, food truck operators, restaurant managers, personal chefs and more.


Student Profile: Chris Campbell

"I want to show kids that there is more to life than wanting to be a doctor to earn money. If you love what you do, then the money will come. I just want to be an outlet for kids just like me - those without much interest in sports, [who are] more artistic."

Read more about Campbell's culinary journey here

Contact Information

Richard Lee Cranz

Richard Lee Cranz
Full-Time Chef Instructor
Faculty & Staff

Steve Ingersoll

Steve Ingersoll
Assistant Professor of Culinary Arts
Faculty & Staff