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 to work in the foodservice/hospitality fields as pastry and bakery personnel in a variety of entry level and advanced positions.

Program Information

• Prior to being considered for admission, applicants must attend an Applicant Orientation Session (See BCC Web Page, Admission, More Information). 

• Prior to being considered for admission, students must 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.

Additional Costs

• Students are responsible for the costs of their uniforms, kitchen and bakeshop tools, and texts.

Essential Functions

• 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.

Special Requirements 

• 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.

After Bristol

• Graduates can work in the 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, Paul Smith's College and Newbury College.

• BCC 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 BCC articulation agreements, visit the Transfer Affairs website at

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Consider taking Gen Ed courses to reduce semester load.


Academic Area

Business and Experiential Education

Degree Offered

Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts (Baking and Pastry)


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Program Contact

Esteban Martinez
Department Chair

Vidyanidhi Rege
Dean of Business and Experiential Education


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