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Culinary Arts

Professional Baking & Pastry Certificate

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Program Overview

In the Professional Baking & Pastry program, you’ll receive hands-on baking skills with an emphasis on fundamental pastry and bread-baking techniques. Coursework focuses on basic culinary skills, sanitation, cake decorating, and chocolate among other things. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions such as line cook and pastry cook.
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The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago at the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago at the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade

The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago is helping you cook-up a delicious Thanksgiving with some simple yet tasty holiday recipes and tips. Culinary Director Elizabeth Sweeney will be sharing some of these tips live on-air throughout the broadcast of McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade, as it makes its one-mile journey down State Street. The Parade will be broadcast on WGN-TV, from 8-11 am. 

The International Culinary School at The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago has also put together a book of holiday recipes that you can download and print here: Thanksgiving Recipe Booklet.pdf (9.5MB)

The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago, 350 N. Orleans Street, Suite 136-L, Chicago, IL 60654.  © 2015 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.  

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Culinary Director, Chef Liz Sweeney writes article for Chef Magazine Culinary Director, Chef Liz Sweeney writes article for Chef Magazine

(Chicago, November 2015)  Culinary Director, Chef Sweeney, Culinary Director at The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago has written an article about special diets for the latest issue of Chef Magazine.   Her article is entitled:  “Special Diets:  With an increase in health-conscious and food allergy-treated consumers, chefs are more mindful in the kitchen”.

Chef Sweeney’s article begins on Page 25 in Chef Magazine.  Click on the link to read the article:

http://www.talcottdigi.com/1115chef/


The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago, 350 N. Orleans Street, Suite 136-L, Chicago, IL60654-1593 © 2015 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.  

See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.


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The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago Provides Home Cooked Dinner for Chicago Youth The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago Provides Home Cooked Dinner for Chicago Youth

(Chicago, November 2015)  Thanksgiving came early for young people who had once been part of the child welfare system in Cook County. The Foster Care Alumni of America, Illinois Chapter, held its fifth annual holiday dinner on Saturday, November 21.  This year, The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago helped the celebration extend to more than one hundred older teens and young adults, plus 30 volunteers.

The dinner originated in one living room for youth who would otherwise go without a traditional family celebration on Thanksgiving.  This year the event was held at Uhlich Children's Advantage Network (UCAN), a residential facility for youth under Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) care on Chicago’s West Side, with room for tables, a buffet and entertainment.  ILIA-Chicago chefs prepared and donated trays of macaroni and cheese, greens, handmade rolls, desserts and condiments to add a true “homestyle” feel to the dinner.

All afternoon youth could eat, catch up, and listen to music at a gathering designed under the banner of “It Begins With Us: Giving Youth a Place to Go for Thanksgiving.” DCFS Director George Sheldon also extended an invitation to other cabinet heads so they could witness the positive impact of encouraging young people after they leave the child welfare system. 

Public sector volunteers included: First Lady Diana Rauner, Chief Justice Anne Burke, Public Guardian Robert Harris, and the heads of the Illinois departments of Public Health and Healthcare and Family Services.


The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago, 350 N. Orleans Street, Suite 136-L, Chicago, IL60654-1593 © 2015 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.  

See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.


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The Art Institute of Michigan Teams Up with the Rachael Ray Show to Provide Cooking Lessons The Art Institute of Michigan Teams Up with the Rachael Ray Show to Provide Cooking Lessons

The Art Institute of Michigan is teaming up with the Rachael Ray Show to provide cooking lessons to the students enrolled at Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program. During filming of the Rachael Ray Show’s Thanksgiving episode, on Monday, November 16, Ray unveiled a completely renovated kitchen for the students, complete with new appliances and a study space. To help Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program get the most out of this new kitchen, The Art Institute of Michigan is going to provide four lessons/demos on healthy eating and nutrition at the gym throughout the next year. 

Three culinary instructors from The Art Institute of Michigan appeared on the show to announce the gift of the cooking lessons, and the episode will air Wednesday, November 25. In the Detroit area, please tune into WDIV-TV at 2pm. For additional times and channels, visit http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/show-info/showtimes/.

For more information on Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program, visit http://downtownyouthboxing.org/

Read more about the filming on Detroit Free Press:  http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2015/11/16/rachel-ray-laila-ali-downtown-detroit-boxing-gym/75905200/

The Art Institute of Michigan is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of Michigan, 28175 Cabot Drive, Novi, MI 48377. © 2015 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.  

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Program Description


PROGRAM MISSION
The mission of the Professional Baking & Pastry program is to prepare students with culinary skills combined with a focus on baking and pastry. This combination skill set and business knowledge will enhance each graduate’s ability to meet the challenges of an increasingly demanding and rapidly changing field.

DESIRED STUDENT OUTCOMES
1. Baking Theory and Terminology: Graduates will display proficiency in various baking and culinary procedures, and will be able to apply appropriate terminology.
2. Baking: Graduates will demonstrate their ability to professionally prepare standardized recipes using a variety of cooking and baking techniques.
3. Professional Awareness: Graduates will have an understanding of culinary and baking careers and the structure of the culinary field. They will understand professional and ethical behavior.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Graduates of the program will be prepared for entry level positions in baking and pastry, including pastry assistants. The program is beneficial to the student who may already have a degree in another field or is looking to increase basic culinary knowledge with additional specialized skills.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
The program requires 36 quarter credits.

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