• Advanced Concepts in Baking and Pastry
  • Advanced Concepts in Baking and Pastry
    Bachelor’s Degree Concentration


    Learn to turn your passion for baking and pastry creations into a successful baking and pastry chef career. Why not reap the benefits of your amazing talent? This semester-long concentration will take you through the multifaceted experience of business planning, finance startup and forecasting, product design and development, marketing, packaging, and sales of the pastries you create.

    “This concentration challenged me. From research and development to product design to advanced chocolate work and modern entremets, you gain the knowledge and experience needed to become a leader in this industry.”—Ciarra Roberts, CIA Bachelor’s Degree Student

    Designed exclusively for students in the CIA’s Advanced Concepts in Baking and Pastry Bachelor’s Degree Concentration. The Advanced Concepts in Baking and Pastry classes are an amazing opportunity to do a deep dive into what it takes to make your unique skills and creative ideas highly profitable.

    You’ll spend an entire semester in the world-renowned Napa Valley, at the best culinary school in California, The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. Working in the amazing Ghirardelli Chocolate Discovery Center on campus, you will learn the science of chocolate and explore how quality chocolate can be used in baking, pastry, culinary, and beverage settings. In courses such as Pastry Concepts and Design; Modern Entremets, Pastries, and Petit Fours; Creative Artisan Chocolate and Confections; Advanced Pastry; and Business Planning, you will also:

    • Research recipes, produce them for consumption, and evaluate them.
    • Create a wide variety of products that are progressive in style, flavor, and appearance.
    • Take products through the entire cycle of production, from concept and design to planning production needs to packaging and display.
    • Use your knowledge of confectionery techniques and ingredient function to evaluate and troubleshoot products you design and put into production.
    • Develop a comprehensive business plan, including information about products or services, staff, marketing, financing, operating budgets, location, and facilities.

    Only baking and pastry students in the CIA bachelor’s degree Food Business Management program are eligible for this concentration.