Baking and Pastry Foundations Program (H128)

Program Description

Program Overview

Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, George Brown puts you at the centre of Canada's Baking and Pastry industry. This one-year Baking and Pastry Foundations certificate program will help you learn the basics of pastry, cakes and decorating through hands-on training and classroom learning.

Full Description

If you want to work as a baker or pastry chef, this is where you start. This one-year certificate program will help you launch a career in baking and pastry arts. You’ll learn all the basics of pastry, cakes and decorating through hands-on training and classroom learning. You’ll also gain specialized knowledge in areas such as artisanal bread, chocolate techniques and fermentation, as well as menu management and nutrition.

Program Schedule

The schedule for the Baking and Pastry Foundations program currently operates from Monday to Friday. Note: some classes may begin as early as 7am, and others may end as late as 11p.m.

George Brown College Chef School Student Standards and Expectations

Note: George Brown College has adopted a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative. As a result, we no longer have computer lab classrooms. For classes that require computers, students will need to bring their own laptops. Our Library Learning Commons offers open access computers as well as equipment that can be borrowed on a short-term basis. For more information, please contact The Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Career Options

This program gives you the fundamental skills needed for an exciting and rewarding career in areas such as:

  • large bakery production
  • hotel pastry departments
  • catering companies
  • any of the countless bakeries, specialty cake and pastry shops located all over the world

You can even combine the skills you’ve learned with your entrepreneurial spirit and start your own business.

Educational Pathways

As a graduate from any culinary or baking and pastry management program in Ontario (or one-year certificate program with one year of industry experience), you are eligible to apply for our Advanced French Patisserie postgraduate program (H413).

Graduates may qualify for direct entry to the second year of the Baking and Pastry Arts Management diploma program. Summer semester graduates may be admitted in the Fall semester, based on space availability. Please contact the program co-ordinator for further information.

Alumni Impact

We are immensely proud of the contributions of our alumni in Toronto and around the globe.
From Michelin-starred restaurants to major construction, entertainment, community and financial organizations, our graduates are truly making an impact across a range of industries.

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