Friday, August 7, 2009

Kosher Baking and Pastry Professional Program

My culinary school, Center for Kosher Culinary Arts, is offering a new 150-hour course, the first in the United States, a professional program focusing on kosher baking and pastry. You can learn more about it at

It's really exciting because the class is going to start graduating incredibly talented bakers, and they are going to apply their skills in kosher restaurants all over the country. I even bet that kosher bakeries will start being able to sell higher quality classic French pastry. As more kosher bakers get educated, I think the quality in the entire marketplace will go through the roof!

The master chef instructor is Mark Hellermann, who has worked as a pastry chef for Balducci’s and as executive chef for Tastings Restaurant in mid-town Manhattan. He has also produced his own line of baked goods for the NY City farmers market. Chef Hellermann especially likes working with chocolate and artisan breads. He has taught culinary and pastry classes at the New York Restaurant School for many years and has recently joined CKCA to teach the professional training program in baking & pastry arts. Tell your friends!

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