Culinary Arts

Dan Zmroczek

My name is Dan Zmroczek (“zimmer check”), to make it easy, you can call me “Mr. Z” or “Chef Z”. I grew up in the midlands, and graduated from Airport High School. My culinary career began at a young age at Zesto’s in West Columbia. It was there my interest in food and restaurant business was set in motion. I was in the US Navy for 8 years. I spent 4 years stationed on the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt where I was the chef to commanding officer and catered special luncheon and dinner parties for foreign dignitaries and heads of state. I was honorably discharged in 1999 after receiving my degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University in Virginia. Following graduation my career path included working as a Demi Chef and Sous Chef at the restaurants on the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., Sous chef at the Biltmore Estate Country Club, and Executive Chef and owner of a catering company. In 2003, I was asked to return home to open two restaurants in Northeast Columbia and also employed by Applebee’s as a manager. I have been teaching at the Lexington Technology Center since 2006 and have served as a part-time Culinary Instructor at Culinary & Wine Institute at the University of South Carolina since 2013. Married to Heather, who is a pharmacist at Palmetto Health Baptist. We have two wonderful kids, Zack and Sophia. I help out with Zack’s Boy Scout troop and I coach Sophia’s soccer team.


Culinary Arts Management 1 (LTC, PHS)
Grades 11, 10, 12   2 units
Industry Credential Alignment: ServSafe, ProStart
This course is designed to study the food service industry. It covers all aspects of the industry, potential careers, equipment use, food preparation, food storage, ordering and work simplification. Students receive practical and theoretical experiences to obtain competence in each area.

Culinary Arts Management 2 (LTC, PHS)
Grades 12, 11 2   units
Prerequisite: Culinary Arts 1
Industry Credential Alignment: ServSafe, ProStart
This course is the continuation of Culinary Arts 1. The course covers food preparation and the food service industry. Students have the opportunity to develop and apply skills in food service. Students in this course are required to purchase a uniform.


Becoming a Chef
American Culinary Federation
Johnson & Wales University
Culinary Institute of America (CIA)