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!

Culinary Arts Institute Handbook
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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) LogoThe American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) ( has accredited the following HCCC programs through June 30, 2024: AAS Culinary Arts, Certificate - Culinary Arts, AAS Culinary Arts-Baking and Pastry Option, Certificate - Baking and Pastry Arts. 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.

  Fall 2021 - Spring 2022 Fall 2022 - Spring 2023 Fall 2023 only
Enrollment* 318 314 199
Students who Graduated within 150% of the time 43 27 18
Graduation Rate 28% 12% 9%
Foodservice Employment Rate of Graduates (within 6 months) 100% 90% 85%
Number of Students Earning ACF Certification 0 0 0
* Figures include students within the following ACFEF-accredited credentials:
AAS Culinary Arts
AAS Culinary Arts - Baking and Pastry Option
Certificate - Culinary Arts
Certificate - Baking and Pastry Option
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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

Courtney Payne
Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Baking & Pastry Arts & Hospitality Management Programs
161 Newkirk Street - Room 204A
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 360-4635

School of Business, Culinary Arts, and Hospitality Management
161 Newkirk Street
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 360-4630