Chef Michael Broughten, 1986 Alumnus of the South Central College Culinary Arts program, recently joined SCC’s faculty as Culinary Instructor, replacing Jim Hanson, who retired from full-time teaching after more than 35 years in higher education. “I am absolutely thrilled and grateful to have the opportunity to come back to my hometown and teach in the school where my culinary career started,” said Broughten, adding that he looks forward to getting re-acclimated within the community and getting to know the chefs and restaurant owners and their needs.
Broughten said he has a passion for teaching. “I’ve been in the industry since the mid-80’s, and I’m ready to bring the latest culinary techniques to the students of SCC. In my life, it’s really important to make sure I have passion in whatever I do, and that’s something I instill in my students,” said Broughten, who has a vast array of experiences to share from many years in the industry. “I have done so much within my life with different types of food, different parts of the country, different cultures, and managed many types of operations,” he said.
“My vision is to take an existing successful culinary program, take what Jim Hanson has done, and build on it, taking us forward to the next period in time,” said Broughten. “I want to make sure this program is a leader within the culinary industry and make sure our students are well-prepared when they graduate.”
Broughten said the program has changed dramatically since he graduated in the mid-eighties. “The school has grown and changed for the better, and the program has adapted to today’s needs,” he said. “Food is ever-changing, people are ever-changing, and people are becoming more sophisticated and educated about food. Everybody raises the bar.”