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.

Program Information

This program offers students the opportunity to develop strong communications, organizational, and critical thinking skills, as well as practical preparation for entry into the growing foodservice industry.

  • Applicants must attend a New Student Information Session
  • Prior to being considered for admission, students must complete the College Placement Exams (or be exempt).
  • All courses are taught by experienced chef instructors and/or food service industry professionals.

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.

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 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.

Total credits:

Course Sequencing


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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