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Pastry Arts Program

A party without cake is just a meeting.
-Julia Child, Cookbook Author, Television Personality, Le Cordon Bleu Graduate

What Are Pastry Arts?

It is no secret that the pastry arts are often associated with special occasions. Sweet or savory, short crust or filo, cake or cookie, these are the foods that make life fun, and pastry chefs take pride in knowing their craft elevates a meal or a milestone to a celebratory level. As a career, Pastry Arts attracts those who have a passion for baking in quantity and with quality. Combining art with technique, they can be found in pastry shops, bakeries, restaurants, hotels, country clubs, catering facilities and institutional food services.

Macomb’s Pastry Arts Program

In Macomb’s Pastry Arts Program, you will be introduced to the “back of the house” as you gain experience in culinary operations, including safe food handling, food cost estimates and managerial techniques. You will learn how baked goods are produced, how to make a centerpiece out of chocolate and old world bread-making techniques. You will practice on cakes, pies, cookies, candies, flans, tarts and tortes, as you perfect the techniques that will impress and delight your future customers.

Pastry Arts Courses at Macomb

In the Pastry Arts Program at Macomb, you will take a variety of courses specific to your major, including:

  • Culinary Techniques
  • Sanitation
  • Cost Control
  • Production Baking
  • Fundamentals of Nutrition
  • Culinary Skills Development
  • Supervision
  • Purchasing
  • Pastry Arts
  • Chocolate Creations
  • Wedding Cakes
  • Centerpieces
  • Plated Desserts
  • Artisan and Special Breads

Career Opportunities with an Associate of Applied Science, Certificate or Skills Specific Certificate in Pastry Arts

With an Associate of Applied Science, Certificate or Skills Specific Certificate in Pastry Arts, you will be qualified for positions that include baker, chef and head cook.

Transfer Pathways to a Bachelor’s Degree

The credits earned in Macomb’s Pastry Arts Program transfer to many colleges and universities in Michigan and can be applied toward a bachelor’s degree.

If you intend to transfer and pursue a bachelor’s degree, speak with a Macomb counselor or academic advisor as soon as possible after you have applied to Macomb to plan the best pathway.

How do I find out more about Macomb’s Pastry Arts Program?

For more information about the Pasty Arts Program at Macomb, contact the Pastry Art Program advisors:

Professor Scott O’Farrell, 586.226.4741
Professor Jeffrey Wolf, 586.226.4740
Professor Heather Pusta, 586.286.2088.

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