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What classes do I need to take in college to be a pastry chef?

I wanted to know this so I could take these classes #college #pastrychef #classes

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Sara’s Answer

I second Tamara’s advice. I’d like to add that I’d recommend really looking into culinary school options. The Culinary Institute of America is a great school. If you’re already taking classes at a standard university, look into the New England Culinary Institute because (at least at one point) had options where you can get a BA in Culinary Arts and Management which would set you up well for both the culinary and business side of having a bakery/restaurant/etc.

When I was a senior in high school I started considering culinary school rather than college. My mom vetoed it. It’s definitely a hard life, but I think it would be rewarding, too. I ended up getting a Ph.D. Weirdly enough, one of my best friends has a dad who is a professor at Duke, and her mom went to the Culinary Institute of America.
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Tamara’s Answer

Hi Kathryn,

That is an exciting career path. I agree with looking into a culinary institute that can teach you the art of pastry baking. If you are already in college or waiting to be accepted, I would potentially recommend some business classes. These are especially helpful if you are looking at opening up your own bakery. For instance, Accounting and Marketing 101 courses may be something of interest to you and helpful in opening up your own shop.

Best of luck.
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Lina’s Answer

If culinary arts is more of your desired field, I would definitely look into more of a culinary arts institute that specializes in that area! If you're already in college, I would definitely search for institutions or classes nearby that would offer some lessons to help your resume. Not only that, but if you're trying to work in that field, it might be best for you to start working in restaurants just to gain experience and work your way up to specifically dessert/pastries. While I'm not an expert, definitely consult with your advisors at college and search for people in this field to be your mentor and guide you on this career path!
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