Baking and Pastry Option - Culinary Arts AAS

Explore your creativity and find the pathway for your exciting career in baking. With a certificate in baking, you will discover worldwide opportunities that will make your dreams come true.

Are you passionate about baking? Do you enjoy making people smile when they eat your dessert? Make your dreams a reality and enroll at the Culinary Arts Institute today. This degree program will provide training in the basic aspects of baking. You will be taught by expert baking and pastry chefs with many years of experience and talent who will show you the fundamental techniques you need to succeed in entry-level employment in the industry. Enjoy small and affordable classes that are local and easily accessible, where you will experience one-on-one, hands-on instruction. Take advantage of the largest and most modern instructional kitchens and bakeshops in NJ to help you achieve your dreams. Hybrid classes available. Start working on your career today!


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Our students come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. What unites all of them is their passion for food and service. See what they had to say…

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Going to HCCC not only allowed me to develop my skills and build a solid network but also to find a group of people that have the same passion as me. Joining the culinary club and partaking in the school's events made me see how the people involved were not just students and staff, but a family. The 2 years that I spent there were much more than I expected them to be, and I wouldn't change a thing.
Paula Hartman-Pereira
Class of 2020
Paula knew she had made the right move with the Culinary Arts Institute at HCCC. 

American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) accreditation of AAS Culinary Arts, Certificate - Culinary Arts, AAS Culinary Arts-Baking and Pastry Option, Certificate - Baking and Pastry Arts is valid until 06/30/2024. The AAS Culinary Arts and Certificate Culinary Arts have been accredited continuously since 06/30/1997.


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Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry Option, AAS


The AAS in Culinary Arts Baking and Pastry Degree option is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skill set relevant for entry level employment in the baking and pastry segment of the foodservice/hospitality industry. The option will introduce students to fundamentals and advanced techniques in a progressive format. Upon completion of the first semester in the culinary arts program, students will begin the specialization in baking and pastries. The program will rely heavily on hands-on learning with the majority of the instruction being the CAI pastry labs.


Why we are your 1st and only choice for Baking

With over 10 labs, we are the largest and most modern baking and pastry and culinary arts program in the State of New Jersey.


AAS Culinary Arts - Baking and Pastry Option (60 credits)

Term Total number of students   Number of students that graduated within 150% of the time   Percentage of students that graduated within 150% of the time    
Fall 2017 91   29   32%    
Fall 2018 81   27   33%    
Fall 2019 67   25   37%    
Fall 2020 91   35   38%    
Fall 2021 * 66   20   30%    
Fall 2022 * 58   5   9%    
These numbers are as of August 24, 2023.
* This indicates that as of the date this report was generated, it has not been 150% of the time for completion.
We are in the process of formalizing the gathering of job placement and ACF certification data for the department. We are confident of high job placement rates based on informal collection of data from our graduates. Extensive efforts to increase ACF membership and Certified Culinarian© (CC©) certification of students are consistently being practiced.    
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Nationally Accredited American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accredited (since 2019) 

Our baking and pastry programs have been accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation since 2019. Our program has the recognition for its high standards and reputable influence on our graduates. 



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Contact Information

Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry, and Hospitality Management Recruiter
Ms. Janine Nunez

161 Newkirk Street - Room E222
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 360-4640