Pastry Chef Schools & Requirements

If you enjoy the idea of designing and making intricate and beautiful cakes, pastries, desserts and breads, a career as a pastry chef might be the life for you. But what are the requirements to work as a pastry chef, and where can you get qualified? We list the major schools in the US where you can get a world-class baking education.

Learn the pastry chef requirements here

Pastry chefs are an essential part of any high-end kitchen, charged with providing the finest of desserts and breads to customers, which as we all know, can make or break a meal in high end hotels and restaurants. Pastry chefs are expected to provide meals that are not just delicious, but innovative, creative and original.

It’s one of the more glamorous roles in the kitchen, as you’ll be tasked with building desserts, giant elaborate wedding cakes and other foods that truly stand out from the pack and are visually spectacular as well as being gastronomically amazing.

In saying that, however, before you consider a career as a pastry chef, you should make sure you’re truly passionate about it, because you’ll often (especially as an apprentice) be subjected to long shifts, irregular hours, and low pay at first, as well as work conditions that can be physically brutal at times – it’s not uncommon to have to stand on your feet for up to twelve hours at a time. It’s not a career for the unmotivated, noncommittal or non-physical types.

On the positive side, though, as a pastry chef you will often be given the opportunity to work anywhere in the world you want – pastry chefs are needed everywhere – and you’ll get the chance to meet awesome people and have a lot of fun doing it.

If this all sounds good to you, and you could picture yourself in the kitchens of the Sofitel or the Ritz Carlton, or a 5 star restaurant in Paris, or even just your local bakery, read on to find out where you can get the qualifications necessary to become a world class pastry chef, which will undoubtedly help you break into the often competitive industry.

Getting qualified

You don’t technically need qualifications to work as a pastry chef, and usually a few years experience working as a pastry cook in a restaurant or kitchen will be enough to land most pastry chef jobs.

But if you want to work for the big boys and get the higher paying jobs in high end hotels, resorts and restaurants, you’ll almost definitely need some sort of formal qualification in Baking and Pastry Cooking from a higher education institution.

Below is a comprehensive list of institutes across the United States, all of which have a top-class program that offer either a Baking and Pastry Arts Degree, Certificate, or Diploma.

All of the courses below offer world-recognised accreditation in baking, have professionally trained and qualified chefs who have worked all across the world, and have a full range of equipment and fully stocked kitchens where you can learn on industry standard equipment.

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Alabama

Birmingham

Culinard – The Culinary Institute of Virginia College

 

The Birmingham Bake & Cook Company

 


Arizona

Phoenix

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Phoenix

 

East Valley Institute of Technology


 

Scottsdale

Arizona Culinary Institute

 

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale

 


Tucson

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Tucson

 


California

Campbell

The International Culinary Center


Clovis

Institute of Technology

 


Los Angeles

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Los Angeles

 


Orange County

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Orange County

 


Pasadena

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Los Angeles

 


Sacramento

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Sacramento

 

 

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Sacramento

 


San Bernardino

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – The Inland Empire

 


San Diego

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – San Diego

 


San Francisco

California Culinary Academy

 

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – San Francisco

 


Colorado

Denver

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Colorado

 

Cook Street

 


Connecticut

Hartford

Lincoln Culinary Institute

 


Fort Lauderdale

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

 


Kissimmee

Florida Technical College

 


Miami

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Miami

 


Orlando

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Orlando

 


Tallahassee

Keiser University Center for Culinary Arts

 


Tampa

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Tampa

 


Georgia

Atlanta

Le Cordon Blue College of Culinary Arts in Atlanta

 

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Atlanta

 


Illinois

Chicago

Kendall College

 

 

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago

 

 

The International Culinary School at The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago

 


Indiana

Indianapolis

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Indianapolis

 

 

Chef’s Academy – Indianapolis

 


Kansas

Kansas City (Lenexa)

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Kansas City

 


Kentucky

Louisville

Sullivan University

 


Maryland

Gaithersburg

L’Academie de Cuisine

 


Michigan

Detroit

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Michigan

 


Minnesota

Minneapolis/St. Paul

The International Culinary School at The Art Institutes International Minnesota

 


Missouri

St. Louis

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in St. Louis

 


Nevada

Las Vegas

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas

 

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Las Vegas

 


New York

Hyde Park

The Culinary Institute of America

 


Long Island

Star Career Academy

 


New York City

The International Culinary Center

 

 

The Institute of Culinary Education

 

 

Star Career Academy

 


Ohio

Cincinnati

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Ohio – Cincinnati

 


Oregon

Portland

Oregon Culinary Institute

 

 

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Portland

 

 

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Portland

 


Pennsylvania

Philadelphia

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Philadelphia


 

Pittsburgh

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

 

 

Pennsylvania Culinary Institute Le Cordon Blue Program – Pittsburgh

 


Lancaster

L’Ecole de Cuisine

 


South Carolina

Charleston

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Charleston

 

Greenville

Culinard – The Culinary Institute of Virginia College


Tennessee

Nashville

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Tennessee – Nashville

 


Texas

Austin

Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts

 

 

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Austin

 


Dallas

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Dallas

 

 

Le Cordon Blue College of Culinary Arts in Dallas

 


 

Houston

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Houston

 

Culinary Institute LeNotre

 


Utah

Salt Lake City

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Salt Lake City

 


Vermont

Montpelier

New England Culinary Institute

 


Virginia

Arlington

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Washington

 


Falls Church

Stratford University

 


Washington

Seattle

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Seattle

 

 

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Seattle

 

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