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.
Demand is not only coming from industry, but from the student body and public. Baking and pastry skills are considered an area of specialty within the field of culinary arts and there is wide demand and appreciation for talent.
"Our students, graduates and the public see the artistry and glamour of the baking and pastry shows on television and are ready to learn more, "says CIV chef/instructor Jonathan Highfield.
Highfield, who has been in the restaurant business for 16 years and taught at CIV since it opened in 2006, says there is an additional business bottom-line appeal to baking fresh on site.
"On top of being a better food product, baking fresh on-premises can be cost effective," he says. "Making in-house as opposed to getting from a food distributor can often save money as many ingredients required are already being used in other menu items. This is particularly true in larger food service operations."
Students of CIV's Baking and Pastry Arts programs will be exposed to a broad array of skills necessary for success in the professional baking and pastry environment, including: foundational culinary skills; sanitary and safety standards, technical and analytical skills, team communication, execution in small and large production levels and special diet and allergenic accommodation.
"It is our hope that this program will not only help graduates advance in a career field they are passionate about, but also help provide industry with the skilled workforce it needs to support the trend in consumer preference towards artisanal style products," Gladstein says.
CIV degree offerings also include a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Food Service Management, as well as anAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts. For more information about CIV and its new programs in Baking and Pastry Arts, visit: www.chefva.com.
About The Culinary Institute of Virginia
Culinary Institute of Virginia, the School of Culinary Arts at ECPI College of Technology, opened for enrollment in fall 2006. Graduates can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in culinary science in less than two years. The curriculum offers a European educational model that combines classroom instruction with hands-on externships in the community. For information call 757-858-CHEF or visit the Culinary Institute of Virginia
About ECPI University
ECPI University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, and masters degrees and diploma programs. With campuses in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, ECPI, a private university established in 1966, offers convenient classes during the day, evening, and online; graduate employment services are provided. Continuing education certification classes and testing are also available.
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