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Culinary and Baking and Pastry Arts Program

Baking and pastry lesson IUP Culinary Arts Academy

If you have a desire to excel in pastry arts, begin your studies in culinary arts and continue on to baking and pastry arts.

Get a well-rounded education from our combined Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts program

Our culinary and baking programs are nationally recognized and accredited by the American Culinary Federation. Students admitted to the combination Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts program are on the culinary campus for five semesters: fall, spring, and summer of the first year and fall and spring of the second year. The final summer semester is a paid externship in the industry.

Learn culinary techniques such as masterful knife skills and create artistic plate presentations

You will discover how to fashion stunning showpieces and how to garnish grand buffets. You’ll learn classical cookery and international cuisines. You will develop your beginning and intermediate baking skills. The core culinary arts program contains 240 hours of baking and pastry instruction, more than many baking- and pastry-specific programs. It provides you with the foundation of knowledge necessary to succeed in the advanced techniques being taught in Baking and Pastry Arts at IUP.

In addition to learning culinary theory and techniques, you’ll utilize your business skills.

You’ll learn how to develop a unique menu and design the kitchen to produce it. You’ll study management and motivation of employees, leadership and communication skills, purchasing and cost controls, and computer applications in food service. You’ll also operate the academy restaurant, serving a menu of gourmet American cuisine to the public.

The Baking and Pastry curriculum will take the solid baking skills that you developed in Culinary Arts to a whole new level.

You will study in the Bake Shop laboratory for two semesters, fall and spring. Each semester consists of five three-week courses, for a total of 10 courses. Subjects will include an expanded curriculum in:

  • quick breads, laminated dough
  • basic and artisanal breads
  • pies, tarts, pastries
  • cookies, petit four, cakes
  • advanced cake decorating and wedding cakes
  • custards and mousse
  • plated desserts
  • chocolate and candies
  • ice cream and sorbet
  • pastillage, chocolate, and sugar showpieces
  • Academy of Culinary Arts
  • 1012 Winslow Street
    Punxsutawney, PA 15767
  • Phone: 800-438-6424
  • Fax: 814-938-1158
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.