Culinary Arts Baking and Pastry
Program Goals Statement
The Baking and Pastry Arts concentration in the Culinary Arts program provides the student with the opportunity to develop practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed to work in the foodservice/hospitality fields as pastry and bakery personnel in a variety of entry level and advanced positions.
Prior to being considered for admission, applicants must attend a Culinary Arts Applicant Information Session and complete the College Placement Exams (or be exempt). Students requiring developmental courses in math, reading, or English must complete those courses prior to enrolling in any culinary lab courses. Culinary Arts programs are exempt from meeting General Education Competencies due to the requirements of the Associate in Applied Science degree.
Hints for Success
Successful completion of this program requires participants be able to demonstrate cooking practical skills required to work successfully in a professional kitchen.
Students are responsible for the costs of their uniforms, kitchen and bakeshop tools, and texts.
• Working in a kitchen environment where the temperature can exceed ambient temperature.
• Lifting and moving heavy weight (such as wait-trays, small equipment, and institutional size supplies - 25-50 lbs.)
• Sufficient communication skills to allow for successful interaction between the students and the public.
• Sufficient mobility and motor coordination to complete assigned tasks in the kitchen and dining room in a safe, efficient manner according to acceptable industry standards.
• Ability to learn and apply the body of knowledge necessary to meet the program curriculum and successfully enter the foodservice profession.
To successfully complete the program, students should have their own transportation and should limit outside work commitments. Students must be available to work at required Culinary Arts functions.
Graduates can work in the kitchens, dining rooms, or bakeshops of a wide variety of establishments from small local restaurants to large international organizations and can also transfer for further study to four-year colleges including Johnson and Wales University.
Bristol participates in the statewide MassTransfer program and has developed many program-to-program transfer articulation agreements which guarantee admission and credit transfer. For a complete listing of eligible MassTransfer programs and current Bristol articulation agreements, visit the Transfer Affairs website.