Regular visitors to the Grand Strand know that, when hunger strikes, the area’s broad array of restaurants can offer flavors to satisfy most any culinary craving. (Which should come as no real surprise, considering that more than 1,700 restaurants are situated along the Grand Strand’s 60-mile stretch of Carolina coastline.) But even locals may not be aware of one of the area’s best-kept culinary secrets — the International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach.
Found near The Market Common at 920 Crabtree Lane (on the Myrtle Beach campus of Horry-Georgetown Technical College), the International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach trains hundreds of up-and-coming chefs each year. And, perhaps even more exciting for the casual Grand Strand visitor, the American Culinary Federation-accredited Institute also invites the public to enjoy the fruits of the talented students’ labor at its new, state-of-the-art facility.
Unveiled in late 2016 on the Myrtle Beach campus, the $15 million International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach facility features two teaching kitchens; two baking labs; a bake shop; a demonstration kitchen; a production kitchen with a bar, exposed cooking suite and hearth oven; an outdoor BBQ & dining area; a greenhouse; a chef’s dining room; a teaching dining room with conditioned wine storage; and more, all outfitted with the latest cooking technology and equipment.
Visitors to the Institute can dine at the student-run Fowler Dining Room and Layers Bakery, which together allow future culinary stars to train in the areas of fine dining, buffet and café foodservice.
Fowler Dining Room
Created to showcase a wide range of cooking techniques, menus at the Fowler Dining Room focus on taste, texture, color and creativity. Further, the ingredients used consist of locally sourced fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood, cheese and eggs. Examples of the regularly rotating themed menus, which are often inspired by influential chefs, include:
- Classic Southern flavors
- Flavors from the Northeast
- Southwestern flavors
- Nuevo Latino (influenced by the cuisines of South America & the Caribbean Islands)
- Flavors from the Heartland of America
- Cajun and creole cuisine
- East Meets West (featuring creative culinary fusions)
- Pillars of New York (with dishes inspired by influential New York chefs)
- Gastronomic Tour of Italy (featuring dishes from the different regions of Italy)
Reservations are required to dine at the Fowler Dining Room. To make a reservation and learn more about pricing, menus and more, visit the Institute’s website at hgtc.edu.
At the student-run Layers Bakery, guests can purchase freshly prepared bread, pastries, cookies, cakes, soups, salads and sandwiches each weekday. Learn more at the bakery’s website and Facebook page.
When you’re ready to experience all the best that the Grand Stand has to offer, book your stay at The Cottages at North Beach Plantation. With our comfortable accommodations and extensive amenities, you’ll be able to enjoy a world-class getaway in the Myrtle Beach area — all without having to travel worlds away from home.