Culinary Arts

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?

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.

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.”


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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.

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.

*All kitchen lab courses in the Culinary Arts Program are taught at the Coastal Teaching Kitchen, located at 1407 Union Street in downtown Brunswick, approximately three miles from the Brunswick Campus. Coastal Georgia will provide transportation for students between the Brunswick Campus and the downtown Coastal Teaching Kitchen for scheduled class times.
  • Dr. Richard Robby Roberson

    Dr. Roberson
    Associate Professor of Hospitality and Tourism, Chef Instructor

    Richard (Robby) Roberson is an associate professor teaching classes for the Hospitality Management program. He holds a PhD in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Purdue University. Additionally, he did post-doctoral work at the University of Florida, and is academically qualified in both Marketing and Management. He serves as the program director for the Culinary Arts program at the College of Coastal Georgia. His research interest is film-induced tourism. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Roberson worked extensively in the hospitality industry. He has worked as a chef for many restaurants, resorts in Georgia, Arizona, Wyoming, and Montana, in both grand Teton and Glacier National Parks. He has also owned his own business.