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Culinary Institute

Culinary Institute


Southwest's Culinary Institute will prepare you for a career in the food services industry.

The Culinary Institute offers cutting-edge kitchen, classroom and catering services. The modern, dedicated facility is located in the Fulton Building on the Macon Cove Campus. The state-of-the-art facility has the capacity for classroom, cooking, storage and demonstration services.

Program of Study

Culinary Staff

The Culinary Arts Program at Southwest has developed several partnerships to help students pursue their degrees. One of the most popular partnerships is with Disney. Each year, Disney representatives come to Southwest to share information about culinary and hospitality management internship opportunities. Students may use these internships for academic credit. Selected students are given the chance to work at a Disney-style resort for a varied period of time and learn about the operational needs of a large organization.

Job Placement Rate: 

2020 2021 2022
100% 100% 100%

Note* total working in related field within six to nine months after graduation. 

Graduation Rate: First-time Freshman Cohorts  

Fall 2018 Cohort Fall 2019 Cohort Fall 2020 Cohort
17.2% 10% 10%

ACF Certification Rate

2020 2021 2022
0% 0% 0%


Degree and Academic Map Information

Culinary Arts Concentration, A.A.S.

If you are starting or continuing your culinary career, contact Chef Steven Leake by email at sleake@southwest.tn.edu or call 901-333-4096 for more details.


Contact Us

  • Chef Steven Leake
  • 901-333-4096
Blue Campus

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