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David Sanford

Baking Essentials


Students BakingThis intensive one-year program provides you with the tools you will need to succeed in baking or pastry production. You will receive hands-on instruction in cooking techniques and enhance your skill development as part of our Culinaire Café team. You will develop speed and proficiency while creating desserts and breads in this student-operated restaurant.

This certificate was developed for those who want to jump-start their baking career or for those who wish to fine-tune their skills, or seek a promotion. All of the courses transfer directly to the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program in Culinary Arts.

Employment is projected to grow, driven by the growing demand for specialty baked products. The median average wage for bakers is around $25,000 annually.

Course Info

The certificate will transfer in its entirety into the Culinary Arts Associate of Applied Science degree program.

This is a career program and is designed to enable students to seek employment at theprogram's completion. Successful completion of this program qualifies a student to apply for aCertificate in Baking Essentials.

As a Baking Essentials program student, you'll expand your knowledge and gain career training through a variety of challenging courses, including:

  • Baking
  • International Cuisines
  • Dining Room Management
  • Hospitality Supervision
  • Food Service Sanitation
  • Menu Planning & Food Merchandising
  • Purchasing, Inventory and Cost Control

A full listing of program courses and their descriptions can be found in the credit catalog.

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Career Info

Cooking Essentials program graduates enjoy enriching and rewarding careers as:

  • Bakery Owner
  • Hotel, Restaurant, Lodge Baker
  • Bed & Breakfast, Deli or Catering Baker
  • Other Food Related Industry Baker

Employment opportunities for cooks is expected to grow 6%, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. 

View Salary Information from the U.S. Dept. of Labor

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Faculty/Staff Info
David Sanford, Instructor and Program Coordinator

Gateway Center

A.O.S., Culinary Institute of America

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