Food Business Management (Baking and Pastry Arts) Modules


Food Safety


An introduction to food production practices governed by changing federal and state regulations. Topics to be covered include prevention of food-borne illness through proper handling of potentially hazardous foods, HACCP procedures, legal guidelines, kitchen safety, facility sanitation, and guidelines for safe food preparation, storing, and reheating. Students will also take the National Restaurant Association ServSafe examination for certification.

Mathematical Foundations


This course covers the basic mathematical skills that will be utilized in the curricula. Topics include problem solving with fractions and decimals, unit conversion, percentages, ratio and proportion, and introductory algebra concepts.

College Writing


Students will write and revise essays that demonstrate their ability to read and think critically, to incorporate evidence into the development of their ideas, and to articulate their responses persuasively. Readings may include essays, articles, literature, or literary criticism. Basic concepts of information literacy will be introduced. Grammar, usage, and mechanics will be reviewed as necessary.

Year 1 - Semester 1

Introduction to Gastronomy


An introduction to the social, historical, and cultural forces that have affected or will affect the culinary as well as the baking and pastry professions. Topics include the contemporary challenges facing food professionals in the twenty-first century and etiquette as a social and professional discipline. Students will be expected to complete several written assignments and present a group research project.



Examine the basic concepts and principles of nutrition. In this course, students learn about basic nutrients, food labeling, nutritional principles, current issues in nutrition, and the application of nutritional principles to menu development. Students will also be involved in nutritional analysis of recipes.

Baking Ingredients and Equipment Technology


This course will focus on the range of baking ingredients in original, modified, and prepared forms as well as the theory and operation of large equipment and hand tools used in bakeries and pastry shops. Through tasting and testing, students learn to identify and select quality grains, fruits, vegetables, gelling agents, nuts and seeds, dairy products, baking spices, eggs and egg products, flours, chocolates, fats, and oils used in the baking field. The advantages, disadvantages, and operational requirements of various types of equipment will also be covered. Corequisite(s): Baking and Pastry Techniques (BAKE-105).

Baking and Pastry Techniques


This introductory-level course covers the basic theory and skill sets used throughout the field of baking and pastry. Topics covered include the use of hand tools and equipment found in a bakeshop, as well as the exploration of baking and pastry ingredients and their functions. Students will gain a working knowledge of the major methods such as creaming, blending, foaming, meringues, pre-cooked, cut-in, lamination, straight dough, custards, frozen desserts, chocolates, and sauces. Students will also taste and evaluate products they create in class to enhance their understanding of the course material. Corequisite(s): Baking Ingredients and Equipment Technology (BAKE-110).

Basic and Classical Cakes


A review of techniques, including the creaming and foaming methods, with an emphasis on preparing simple to complex filled and unfilled cakes and tortes. Topics to be covered include fillings, icings, custards, mousses, and glazing techniques, along with a comparison of classical and modern dessert preparations and presentations. Prerequisite(s): Baking and Pastry Techniques (BAKE-105) and Baking Ingredients and Equipment Technology (BAKE-110).

Introduction to Hospitality and Customer Service


An overview of traditional and contemporary banquet menus with an emphasis on quality, quantity, setup, timing, service, event planning, and execution of large-volume-cooking and catering. Basic cooking and serving competencies will be reinforced and new skills specific to banquet preparation and serving will be taught. Topics to be covered include contemporary American banquets, classical cuisine events, hot and cold buffet stations, special events, various styles of service, psychology of service, guest relations, the sequence of service, and professional standards for dining room personnel.

Baking and Pastry Practical Examination I


In this two-day practical exam, students will be tested on the fundamentals of baking. This hands-on skills exam will draw from a selection of products that have been covered during students’ first year of studies. The exam is comprised of a selection of mixing methods, lamination, and basic chocolate work. (High Pass/Pass/Fail Grading) Prerequisite(s): Baking and Pastry Techniques (BAKE-105) and Baking Ingredients and Equipment Technology (BAKE-110). Corequisite(s): Basic and Classical Cakes (BAKE-123) and Individual and Production Pastries (BAKE-124).