Located at the Walters State Sevier County Campus, the Rel Maples Institute for Culinary Arts includes a 2,100 square-foot kitchen, bake shop, demonstration kitchen and dining rooms where students test their skills at catered events each semester. The Maples Institute was the first culinary institution in Tennessee to receive accreditation with the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission.
The Rel Maples Institute for Culinary Arts, accreditated by the American Culinary Federation, prepares students for successful careers in food preparation, cooking, baking, kitchen or restaurant management and non-commercial food service.
Students completing the Hotel and Restaurant Management concentration are qualified to work in entry-level management positions in the lodging, restaurant or food service industry.
Our new $8.5 million state-of-the-art Culinary Arts facility
Opened, January 2008
Our goal at the Rel Maples Institute for Culinary Arts is to take our students'
enthusiasm for cooking and turn it into an art form and then a life-long career.
And nothing better serves as inspiration for our students and instructors in achieving
this goal than the life of our namesake, the late Rel Maples.
The Rel Maples Institute for Culinary Arts is one of the few American Culinary Federation accredited post-secondary culinary programs in the state of Tennessee.