Baking and Pastry Arts Program

  • Baking students decorating wedding cakes

    Do you have a desire to excel in pastry arts? Begin your pastry training in Culinary Arts (with 250 hours of baking instruction) and apply to Baking and Pastry Arts for an additional 750 hours of advanced instruction. (You can also apply to this program if you have graduated from an ACF-accredited culinary program elsewhere.)

    Expand your baking expertise in this second-year baking and pastry arts program!

    Baking professionals with advanced technical skills are in high demand. You'll be sure to leave our program well prepared for a pastry position in the finest kitchens. This advanced-level program provides some of the most comprehensive pastry training available to new culinarians in the country. Classes of 15 students allow a personal approach to instruction by veteran ACF-certified executive pastry chefs and culinary educators.

    Take your current baking skills to a whole new level

    Described by the American Culinary Federation as “one of a kind,” our baking and pastry arts curriculum has received the highest level of accreditation. You will take courses in the Bake Shop laboratory for two semesters.

    Your studies 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

    Read more about the courses you will take in our Baking and Pastry Arts program.

    Gain real-world experience in a paid baking externship

    Your final semester will be a 450-hour paid baking externship. You will apply and further develop the skills that you have learned in the classroom as you work with experienced industry chefs in the field. Your externship not only completes your education; it may well develop into a permanent position or a valuable reference for future employment.

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