If you have a passion for baking and are thinking about enrolling in culinary school for pastry arts, the numerous options for schools can be overwhelming. While your own attitude and determination play the biggest role in your success, and many smaller community colleges offer excellent programs, it can be exceptionally rewarding and inspiring to train at one of the more renowned schools where some of the world's top pastry chefs got started.
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Le Cordon Bleu
Culinary schools belonging to the highly renowned and internationally recognised Le Cordon Bleu institution pride themselves in over a century of excellence and professional culinary instruction. Le Cordon Bleu encourages students to think creatively and incorporate their own personal styles in their culinary creations. A first-rate pastry program is offered, among many other culinary degrees, and numerous campuses exist all over the country, so you may not need to travel very far from your home. Locations include but are not limited to Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Seattle and several cities in both California and Florida.
Le Cordon Bleu 521 E Green Street Pasadena, CA 91101 (866) 230-9450 http://www.chefs.edu/los-angeles/>
The French Culinary Institute
This culinary school, accredited by the ACCSCT (Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges), is located in New York City and holds a prestigious reputation for its unique blend of traditional French techniques and American creativity. Food Network star Bobby Flay graduated from FCI, and along with other master chefs, makes regular appearances at the school. They offer a six- to nine-month full immersion pastry program.
The French Culinary Institute 462 Broadway New York, New York 10013 (888) FCI-CHEF (212) 219-8890 http://www.frenchculinary.com/>
The French Pastry School
Offering 24-week or 16-week programs, this Chicago school is completely focused on the art of pastry. It features an excellent staff of 11 award-winning instructors, and their emphasis on hands-on learning guarantees you an education of the highest quality.
The French Pastry School 226 West Jackson Boulevard Chicago, IL 60606 (312) 726-2446 http://www.frenchpastryschool.com/>
The Institute of Culinary Education
Located in the heart of New York City, The Institution of Culinary Education (ICE) offers 6- or 11-month training programs with top chefs, small class sizes and an emphasis of speed, teamwork and refined techniques. Following in-class training, students participate in externships to perfect their new skills and increase their confidence in a professional setting.
The Institute of Culinary Education 50 W 23rd Street New York, NY 10010 (888) 354-2433 http://www.iceculinary.com/>
Johnson and Wales
Johnson and Wales offers a two year associate's degree as well as a four year bachelor's degree in Baking and Pastry Arts, preparing you for a promising career in the competitive culinary world. There are several campuses throughout the country, including in Miami, Denver, Charlotte and Providence.
Johnson and Wales (Providence Campus) 8 Abbott Park Place Providence, RI 02903 1-800-DIAL-JWU http://www.jwu.edu/campus.aspx?id=12194>
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