This course consists of the City & Guilds Diploma in Patisserie. Pastry chefs are always in demand in the catering industry: from working in top restaurants to creating pastries and desserts as part of a catering business, to crafting the delicate delights of classic patisserie. However, pastry and baking require a different skillset from working as chef de cuisine. This course has been developed to prepare students for the needs of industry and will teach you the fundamental skills and techniques required to master this exciting craft.
It covers all the essential patisserie and confectionery skills needed for a successful career as a pastry chef – and will also give you the chance to improve your overall culinary ability. While the course incorporates the necessary theory required, it is designed to maximise practical training and hands-on experience in the kitchen.
You’ll learn about different pastry products, and will acquire the skills, confidence and know-how to prepare various types of dough, sponge and pastry products, and produce delectable cakes, meringues, biscuits and frozen desserts. This course also covers sugar art and decorative media, as well as a module in supervising the pastry section of a kitchen.
Students spend a week in an artisanal bakery as part of their industry experience. Patisserie skills are showcased at a graduation event. For your exam, you’ll be expected to wow us with an exquisitely put-together high tea. The final project is a three-tier wedding cake.
Those looking to become professional pastry chefs or individuals who are already in employment but seeking to give their careers a boost. It is also perfect for anyone who enjoys this side of the culinary spectrum as a hobby.
TO CONTINUE YOUR STUDIES, YOU MAY WISH TO ADD THE FOLLOWING TO THE PROGRAMME
Professional Culinary Arts Programme
CTIA Certificate of Achievement – Professional Pastry Programme
City & Guilds Diploma in Patisserie
PLEASE NOTE: All students will need access to a computer or laptop with Microsoft Office Suite and stable internet/data.
Two full sets of uniform, one branded golf T-shirt, one pair of safety shoes, Wusthof knife set and roll, basic pastry kit (Patisserie semester only) course material, CTIA Recipe book, integrated first aid and fire training, orientation week, tuition, all practical ingredients, use of all equipment, free WiFi, safe parking on campus, City & Guilds assessment fees, City & Guilds first examination fees, City & Guilds certification, graduation fees (for the student only). Students on the Advanced Management programme will receive the following items additional to the above at the onset of Semester 4: two chef jackets, two pairs of chef pants (black), Cape Wine Academy programme and certification.