The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts was accredited in 1989 by the National Association of Trade and Technical Schools. It attracts students from all over the world interested in working in the food industry learning culinary arts. The programs are now approved by Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. The culinary arts program is broken down into a Professional Chef’s Program and the Professional Pastry Program. They also have two certificate programs designed to introduce students to techniques of cooking and making pastries. The certificate programs are the Culinary Certificate Program and the Certificate Pastry Program.
The Professional Chef Program offers students a European focus on cooking and food preparation. It is designed for those with little experience and the experienced cook or chef. Students take courses in sanitation, food history, management, cooking techniques, and nutrition. The course in Provincial French Cuisine teaches students the differences of food between regions. They study regions while learning to prepare the different foods in France.
The Professional Chef Program offers several specialty cooking classes.
These courses are Regional Italian Cuisine, Intensive French Cuisine, Asian Cuisine, Fusion Cuisine, and Nouvelle Cuisine. For the experienced chef, this offers a chance to learn new techniques and specialize in cooking regional types of food.
The Professional Pastry Program offers serious students a chance to learn to be a pastry chef. The program teaches students all the different types of dough used to make bread, pastries, cakes, yeast breads, danish, and puff pastry. Students learn the fundamentals and move on to learn more complex techniques. Advance Techniques and Presentations teaches students how to make molded and dipped chocolates, pulled and poured work with sugar, and how to make French and Italian tarts.
The Pastry Program teaches the basics of savory cooking, working with chocolate, and pairing wine and cheese. Students learn cake decorating and making sweets. It prepares them to work in a restaurant, bakery, or cafe.
Students get a combination of lectures, and practical hands on experiences in all classes by qualified instructors. There are five commercial kitchens with professional equipment where students learn to cook and bake. Students get real world experience by catering events for the school and other professional organizations. When students graduate the school helps them find a job.
Applicants to the program must be 18 years or older. They are judged by high school transcript, GED, two letters of recommendation, personal statement, resume and interview. Applicants are encouraged to tour the school or attend an information seminar before applying for admission to the school. Call 617-354-2020 for more information.