The Baking & Pastry diploma program at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh has the right ingredients to prepare you for careers in the baking arts and pastry arts. The program focuses on the art and preparation of breads, cookies, pies, tarts, cakes, and other desserts and baked goods. Instruction is delivered through lecture and hands-on kitchen experiences with students developing the skills, coordination, and teamwork required in the baking and pastry industry. Topics such as the preparation of cakes, pastries, frozen desserts, chocolate, regional desserts, as well as classical and artisan bread baking techniques are taught. Graduates are prepared to seek entry-level employment in bakeries, restaurants, catering houses and institutional settings in entry-level positions such as assistant bakers and pastry cooks. Program Objectives
Upon completion of this program, graduates will:
• demonstrate the knife skills, use of mis en place, appropriate use and care of equipment, selection of appropriate cooking techniques, and other recipe preparation skills (measuring and product identification) to successfully follow directions orally and from recipes.
• plan, prepare, produce, and professionally present dishes while consistently maintaining a safe and sanitary work environment as defined by HACCP standards.
• demonstrate the ethical and professional values of the culinary profession (including demonstrating the ability to conform to professional standards of conduct related to timeliness, appearance, behavior in a kitchen, especially in relating to diverse populations among coworkers and customers) through successful preparation of a resume and cover letter and the completion of team oriented tasks.