Launched to Meet Business Demand and Student Interest
To meet demand from business and interest by students, ECPI University's School of Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV), will begin offering programs dedicated to Baking and Pastry Arts.
"CIV has seen the number of job orders specific to baking and pastry arts increase in the past few years" says Andy Gladstein, Campus Provost of CIV. "Demand for skilled bakers and pastry chefs is up in this region and we wanted to provide a curriculum to meet this need and provide career opportunities for our students."
Chef LaKisha Frazier, a member of the industry advisory committee that participated in the development of CIV's new Baking and Pastry Arts programs, has been in the restaurant business for 20 years and owner of Terebinth Patisserie & Bistro in the Greenbrier section of Chesapeake. Nearly everything is baked fresh from scratch on site.
"We opened in 2010 and business has grown every single month," Frazier says. "There is an increasing consumer preference for scratch, freshly made, baked-on-premises food. The new program at CIV will help develop the skills and expertise that restaurant and hospitality employers need."
Classes for CIV's new Baking and Pastry Arts programs will begin Jan. 28. Students will be taught by professional chef/instructors in a hands-on, real-world industry environment at CIV's campus in Norfolk.