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Sussex offers new Baking & Pastry Option

7/29/2022 3:09:00 PM

A group of Culinary students stand in front of trays of cookies

Sweet and tasty. What do they have in common? They go hand-in-hand at Sussex County Community College, where culinary treats abound in the Baking & Pastry Arts program option. 

Students at Sussex have the option of a concentration in Baking and Pastry Arts to enable them to provide sweets and desserts to patrons of hotels and restaurants or to work in a bakery or pastry shop.

Newly enrolled students will be among the first students to learn in the state-of-the-art kitchen in the new Culinary Institute at the McGuire Technical Education Center on Main Street, Newton.

The Baking & Pastry Arts program option is designed for students interested in becoming professional pastry chefs or obtaining special skills for any career in the culinary industry. In addition, it offers an associate in applied sciences degree.

Students are offered a series of specialized courses in baking and dessert creation and the required courses for an associate degree and general culinary classes. They will have the chance to practice all aspects of baking and pastry arts.

As in all culinary concentrations, baking and pastry arts classes promote proficiency in industry terminology; professional standards of behavior, grooming and dress; standards of sanitation and food safety. The classes also promote proficiency in techniques of preparation and presentation, skills in equipment handling and lessons in nutrition and menu planning. Customer service and menu planning and development are also included in the coursework.

Specialized classes include an introduction to

A hospitality and culinary arts internship is included in the program to enhance technical and management skills for restaurant and food service work and to enable students to work in a real-world environment.

For more information about this program, visit sussex.edu/baking or contact program coordinator Martin Kester at mkester@sussex.edu.