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Top School in Fort Lauderdale for Baking & Pastry Arts

About 10 schools in the Fort Lauderdale, FL, area have baking and pastry arts programs. Read on to find out more about what the top schools have to offer for baking and pastry arts, as well as tuition and degree information.

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School and Ranking Information

Fort Lauderdale-area students interested in pursuing a career in baking and pastry arts have about 10 schools to choose from. Based on the variety and level of options they offer in the field, as well as graduation rates and other criteria, the top three not-for-profit schools that offer baking and pastry arts programs near Fort Lauderdale, FL, are Johnson & Wales University - North Miami, William T. McFatter Technical Center and Sheridan Technical Center.

  • Winner: Johnson & Wales University - North Miami offers extensive culinary facilities and industry connections. It has both associate's and bachelor's degree programs for baking, and it boasts many prestigious alumni.
  • Runner-Up #1: William T. McFatter Technical Center offers certificates and industry certifications. Although they're not required to work in the field of baking and pastry arts, such certifications may offer an advantage in finding jobs. This school is accredited by the American Culinary Federation (ACF).
  • Runner-Up #2: Sheridan Technical Centers offers certificate options for studying baking and pastry arts specifically or as part of a broader culinary arts program. It is also accredited by the ACF.

School Comparison Chart

Category Johnson & Wales University - North Miami William T. McFatter Technical Center Sheridan Technical Center
Location North Miami, FL (19.5 miles from Fort Lauderdale) Davie, FL (8.9 miles from Fort Lauderdale) Hollywood, FL (10.2 miles from Fort Lauderdale)
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 2-year, public 2-year, public
Tuition & Fees $26,412 (2012-2013, annual)* Baking and Pastry Arts Certificate: $2,100 (2013-2014);
Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts Certificate: $4,800 (2013-2014)**
Baking and Pastry Arts Certificate: $1,655/term for the daytime program, $942/term for the evening program;
Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts Certificate: $1,711/term full-time, $973/term part-time (2013-2014)***
Baking and Pastry Arts Award Levels Offered Associate and bachelor's degrees <1-year certificates, 1- to <2-year certificates <1-year certificates, 1- to <2-year certificates
Culinary Arts Degrees and Certificates Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 232* 30* 34*
Most Popular Culinary Arts Program in 2011-2012 Associate in Culinary Arts/Chef Training (168 awarded)* 1- to <2-year Certificate in Culinary Arts/Chef Training (30 awarded)* 1- to <2-year Certificate in Culinary Arts/Chef Training (34 awarded)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) 42% (2006 entering class)* 56% (2009 entering class)* 45% (2009 entering class)*
Noteworthy World-renowned culinary programs 12:1 student-faculty ratio (compared to national average of 21:1 for 2-year schools)* 14:1 student-faculty ratio (compared to national average of 21:1 for 2-year schools)*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigator, **William T. McFatter Technical Center website, ***Sheridan Technical Center website.

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Winner: Johnson & Wales University - North Miami

  • Alumni include celebrity chefs, restaurant owners, and culinary award-winners
  • According to the school's website, the average lab class has 18 students
  • Acclaimed chefs from across the world visit to give demonstrations
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) program in baking arts includes internship experience
  • School has top-of-the-line culinary facilities with new, deluxe equipment

JWU's College of Culinary Arts provides students with hands-on training in industry settings and job experience through projects, internships, and targeted study abroad programs. Past internships by baking and pastry students have included Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Walt Disney World, England's Waterside Inn, and Norman Love Confections. JWU offers an Associate in Science (AS) in Baking and Pastry Arts and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Baking and Pastry and Food Service Management. The AS program teaches students to make plated desserts, breads, pastries, showpieces, and wedding cakes. It also includes baking-related science and art classes and professional logistics, such as marketing and sanitation. The BS program is taught in cooperation with JWU's Hospitality College, and it teaches management and leadership skills in addition to a foundation in baking and dessert preparation.

Runner-Up #1: William T. McFatter Technical Center

  • Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts program has accreditation through the American Culinary Federation (ACF)
  • ACF Education Foundation certifications available
  • Baking and Pastry Arts program is partially taught online

MTC offers a six-month Certificate in Baking and Pastry Arts and a one-year Certificate in Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts. The commercial foods program includes a section on baking and pastries, which covers cold desserts such as gelatins and puddings, cakes and cake decorating, and various pastries. Also included are sections on serving, beginning cooking principles, and garde manger. The commercial foods program is ACF-accredited, and certifications in the industry are offered. The baking program teaches confectionery and advanced baking techniques, and it emphasizes preparing for employment as a pastry chef.

Runner-Up #2: Sheridan Technical Center

  • Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts program has accreditation through the ACF Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC)
  • School of Culinary Arts appeared on the Live Miami news program

Broward County hosts three technical centers, of which STC is the oldest. STC offers a two-term (600 hours total) Certificate in Commercial Baking and Pastry Arts and a nine-month Certificate in Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts. The baking program is intended to prepare students for work as pastry cooks or bakers. It covers various breads, pastries, and other desserts, as well as the exam for 'ServSafe Food Manager' certification. The commercial food program has a section on baking and pastry arts in addition to sanitation and safety, nutrition, hot foods, management, cost effectiveness, and garde manger.

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