Article: Say hi to our new alumni! | The French Pastry School

Article: Say hi to our new alumni!

Say hi to our new alumni!
The French Pastry School |
August 23, 2016

Out of four basic ingredients – flour, water, salt, and yeast – students of L’Art de la Boulangerie, the Artisanal Bread Baking Course at The French Pastry School will make lifelong careers for themselves.  After ten weeks of learning the science and technique of crafting artisan breads from masters in their field, students from across the country graduated with the skills they need to follow their profession.  The graduation ceremony took place at The French Pastry School and concluded with a beautiful buffet of breads that the graduates had baked throughout their program.  The 2016 cohort came to Chicago from Texas, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Philadelphia, Puerto Rico, and elsewhere in Illinois.  Every student had a different background and perspective to bring to the bread board: those who had been in the food industry and were seeking further, more focused training; those who had graduated from one of The French Pastry School’s full-time programs and wanted to expand their knowledge of artisanal baking; and those who had changed careers and were looking to learn new skills for a new field of work.   Students of L’Art de la Boulangerie spent eight hours a day, five days a week in the kitchen mixing, shaping, proofing, scoring, and baking recipe after recipe.  Beyond the formulas, they were taught the importance of maintaining artisanal principles through learning how to develop natural starters, use organic flours, understand bread baking traditions from all over the world, and create depth of flavor through proper fermentation and baking methods, all while maintaining an organized and efficient production schedule. 

The next group of L’Art de la Boulangerie students will begin their own baking journey at The French Pastry School on June 12, 2017.  The school also looks forward to welcoming L’Art de la Pâtisserie and L’Art du Gâteau students who start class on January 3, 2017.  The French Pastry School is currently accepting applications for all of these programs.  For more information, please visit our website, www.frenchpastryschool.com or contact us by email at info@frenchpastryschool.com or by phone at 312.726.2419.