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What are the best culinary institutions to study pastry arts?

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Jim’s Answer

Start as a worker in a bakery. Decide if you really want to go into it for a career. Then if you do either the CIA, or Johnson and Wales both have good programs. Hope this helps.


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Cyril’s Answer

The 10 Best Culinary Schools in America
Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts.
L'Academie de Cuisine.
Kendall College School of Culinary Arts.
New England Culinary Institute.
Johnson & Wales University College of Culinary Arts.
International Culinary Center.
The Culinary Institute of America.
Institute of Culinary Education.

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David’s Answer

Since you are from New York, I am not sure if you are reside in upstate or New York City but here are the Top 10 Culinary Institution in NYC and Upstate NY, feel free to look them up but I recommend school #1, #2, #4, and #5 as those are in or near NYC as well some well known pastry chef are from and teaches.

1. The Culinary Institute of New York at Monroe College-Rochelle, New York
2. International Culinary Center-New York, New York
3. Schenectady County Community College-Schenectady, New York
4. Culinary Institute of America-Hyde Park, New York
5. Institute of Culinary Education-New York, New York
6. SUNY-Delhi College of Technology-Delhi, New York
7. SUNY-Cobleskill AG and Tech College-Cobleskill, New York
8. Paul Smith’s College-Paul Smiths, New York
9. Niagara Falls Culinary Institute-Sanborn, New York
10. Erie Community College-Williamsville, New York

Thanks for the suggestions! Rachel C.

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Leslie’s Answer

If you want to be hired as a pastry chef at a top restaurant or resort, where you go to school matters, as is true with any other profession.

The top school for a pastry degree (in my opinion) is I.C.E. In NYC. Any school in France would potentially trump that on your future resume. CIA would be next, for any culinary degree.

If you are looking to be hired anywhere - not just at Michelin-starred places, a degree in pastry arts from any institution will get your foot in the door. And work experience. You’ll need both.

Now (during COVID) is the perfect time to start school if you haven’t done so yet. Find the program you want and apply: once you are accepted, find out if there are basics you can take online which will transfer for credit to your program, and start those as soon as you can to speed up the process.

Best of luck!