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How many years of college do you have to go through to become a professional pastry chef?

I want to go to college to become a pastry chef but I don't know how many years of college I have to go through. #chef #pastry-chef


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Stephanie’s Answer

These courses are typically offered through technical schools, vocational training programs, culinary institutes and community colleges. Formal education can last one to four years, depending on the degree.


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Dada’s Answer

Hi Eliah :)
For an aspiring its always encouraged to take & pursue degree programs through technical schools, culinary institutes, and four-year universities. Degree programs definitely gives you exposure to variety of specialties available. Some of these programmes shed light on baking cakes, starting with bread . All of the programmes cater to chefs who aspire to work in renowned restaurants .
Attend culinary school & gain professional training and experience.

Meantime Eliah Please visit for more information - www.acfchefs.org

All the best !

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Monica’s Answer

Hi, I took a two year program which specializes in baking and pastry, whats important is the jobs you will be taking after going to school. Just an advice, it would be easier to be a “Chef” by learning french cuisine and italian cuisine base on my experience. And try to take test from American Culinary Federation too.

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Daniel’s Answer

I have been a Chef now for 20 years and school is truly a good foundation to start with but you will need much more then that to become a Professional Pastry Chef. There are different areas of becoming Pastry Chef. You can be a baker of breads, breads and pastries, cakes, cake decorations, wedding cakes, fine pastries like petite fours etc. You should first decide which avenue of Baking you would like to explore and then work somewhere that does that. You will learn many different things as you explore employment options in this field and experience is always the best teacher. School will only get you an interview, your experience will get you to your goal of becoming a Pastry Chef. God bless you and keep you as you walk out your path to becoming a Pastry Chef.

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