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Online Pastry Chef Courses, Classes and Training Programs

Pastry chef courses, classes and training programs are sometimes offered in hybrid formats that combine on-campus and online work. This article summarizes some of the most common online courses for pastry chefs.

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Essential Information

An important part of pastry chef training involves hands-on work with flours, sugars, chocolate and other ingredients. Students typically must participate in an intern- or externship at an approved restaurant or bakery, in addition to completing on-campus work in a kitchen laboratory; because of this, pastry chef training is usually not offered fully online. However, students may complete courses and classes in supplementary topics - such as food and beverage management, nutrition and menu planning - through distance learning.

Semi-online pastry chef programs leading to a degree are rare, though they typically take the form of degree-completion programs. Designed for individuals who have already completed an associate's degree (and the corresponding hands-on baking practice) in pastry arts, these programs allow students to advance their education to the bachelor's level. Graduates may find employment or advancement opportunities as caterers, pastry chefs, baking and pastry assistants or bakery owners, among other possibilities.

List of Online Pastry Chef Courses

The following list contains descriptions of the most common online pastry chef courses.

Menu Planning and Analysis Course

Students in this online course learn to select pastries and baked goods to include on a menu, taking into consideration which items are the most popular, cost-effective and appropriate for their customer demographics. The design of menus is also examined, and students learn how a visually appealing menu presentation can impact sales. Online assignments often involve planning, creating and submitting a sample pastry and dessert menu.

Food Purchasing Course

The unique concerns of buying bulk ingredients and maintaining a well-stocked pantry are introduced in this online course. Students learn about the proper storage of food items to prevent spoilage. Other items that bakeries purchase - such as kitchen equipment and packaging materials - are discussed as well. Topics of study include pricing, ordering processes, supplier chain relationships and payment systems.

Nutrition Course

Even in the realm of cupcakes and pastries, nutritional concerns are valid; students learn about vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, proteins and lipids in this online course. The harmful effects of nutritional deficiencies are also examined. In a pastry chef program, this course might explore recipes for healthier desserts, including low-fat items and those baked with alternative sweeteners.

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