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Culinary Arts

Professional Baking & Pastry Certificate

The Illinois Institute of Art — Chicago can help you prepare for it.

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.
Professional Baking & Pastry

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Culinary Students Serve Up Lunch for Those In Need Culinary Students Serve Up Lunch for Those In Need

Recently, Culinary students from The International Culinary School at The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago served StrEAT Food from around the world to raise funds for The Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Chef Michael Howe, instructor at the school, guided six of his students in planning and executing this “Eat for Chicago” fundraiser with assistance from the Campus Relations department.

Patrons were encouraged to bring in caned goods to receive up to $2 off of lunch. The lunch menu included Crispy Halibut Tacos, Portobello Sliders, Duck Poutine, Buffalo Chicken Sausage, and Whoopie Pies.

Through their efforts, the students were able to raise $250, which equates to 750 meals for those in need. 

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. © 2016 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.

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Chicago Culinary Students Prepare Meals for “A Safe Haven” Chicago Culinary Students Prepare Meals for “A Safe Haven”

Recently, culinary students at The International Culinary School at The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago helped to prepare lunch for 400 residents at “A Safe Haven.” Students in Chef Michael Howe’s class participated with the school’s culinary staff to create a menu and prepare all of the food.

“A Safe Haven” is a non-profit organization with a mission to help individuals aspire, transform, and sustain their lives as they transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency. The organization provides adult education, veterans housing and services, job training and placement, youth (18-24) housing and summer employment.

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. © 2016 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 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.  

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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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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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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