Pastry Arts Lessons
Making life sweet with creativity, passion and precision.
The CASA gourmet chef curriculum, including pastry arts lessons, is built to foster relevant skills and practical know-how that goes well beyond anything you can learn from a cookbook. Prior to starting their apprenticeship, students meet with their mentor to discuss their future goals and experience. Whether you possess a cursory knowledge of pastry, have years of experience or have even attended another culinary arts program, our structured, yet flexible program makes it possible for our chef mentors to accommodate your needs and meet you on your level.
We base our culinary program on the mentor-apprentice model of education, where students accepted into our program have the opportunity of training one-on-one with their pastry chef mentor. We believe this approach is far more effective and time efficient. Our pastry arts curriculum is designed to encourage discovery, creativity and solid skills assimilation that surpasses the quality of learning one gets by passively sitting in a classroom. Lessons are planned to make the most of the time you spend training within a real, working environment. The self-study and actual physical training time work in tandem to help build your understanding of the craft in a truly holistic and integrated fashion. Real world pastry arts training and experience yields real-world skills and know-how.
The mentor you train with is a working pastry chef with years of experience in the profession. The environment in which you grow your skills is a professional bakery or restaurant. The people you meet and interact with every time you have a lesson are working professionals, not fellow students. These are exactly the people you want to meet considering most culinary arts jobs are filled well before a job listing is ever placed. Pastry chefs of tomorrow need to get inside the culinary arts industry today where they can build vital connections while they train. We get you inside a real working environment where you can showcase your drive and determination and make those opportunities happen. In approximately six months, you can get what it takes to get working in this exciting, rewarding craft!
Our program is flexible. Lesson days and times are set and agreed upon by the mentor and apprentice. With our affordable, real-world oriented program, even working professionals can get the experience and skills it takes to launch their careers in the culinary arts.
Coursework is delivered via distance education and completed at a location determined by the student. Externship apprenticeship locations may be up to 60 miles away from the student’s address. The externship apprenticeship mentor will work with each student on structuring a specific schedule. The student agrees that he/she/they will be available to meet with the mentor for a minimum of two sessions per week.