Professional Advanced Diploma in Italian Pastry Arts for Hotel & Restaurant Service


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Program Description

The Pastry Chef in the Restaurant and Hospitality Industry

The ‘pasticcere’ or pastry chef in the catering and hotel industries, combines in itself all the knowledge and technical skills of the traditional pastry chef, but at the same time, interprets and creates a pastry art with completely different objectives from the conventional laboratory: they contextualize their work within a team, working closely with the Executive Chef, to ensure superior quality in the catering service and within hospitality.

They are responsible for all the desserts, and not only, served during the main meals, for breakfast and in the mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks. They deal with the preparation of savory dough for the kitchen, such as fresh pasta, but also other baked preparations, such as bakery products. Essential elements: extreme attention to detail, a strong aesthetic component during service, creativity, and transversality compared to the kitchen brigade in which they are inserted.

Nowadays we need professional figures specially prepared to meet the needs of the modern clientele of renowned hotels and restaurants, to offer a quality service. CAST Alimenti, the Italian School of Culinary Arts, always attentive to the needs of the market, from January 2019 proposes a new advanced course, in order to respond to the current demands of professionalism, which have become increasingly higher and specialized.


Our Strengths

  • Continuous practice
  • Number closed to guarantee an excellent teacher-student relationship
  • Laboratories with cutting-edge equipment with single workstations
  • Simulation of work situations
  • Individual and group work
  • Multimedia material
  • Internship in host companies of excellence
  • Guided tours and educational outings
  • Support over time through professional updating of specialization


Option Number 1

16 weeks in the classroom + 16 weeks of internship in an Italian company + 3 days of final exams.

Option Number 2

16 weeks in the classroom + 16 weeks 1st internship + 16 weeks 2nd internship + 4 days of final exams.

The Course is Addressed to

The course is aimed at all those who want to perfect or learn the profession of Pastry Chef in the restaurant and hospitality industry. It is also designed for those operators of the food world who already have experience in the field of catering and want to complete and expand their cultural background learning all the skills of a modern and cutting-edge Pastry Chef. It is not essential to have previous experience in this sector.


Eligibility to Join CAST Alimenti Program in Italy

  • Must have A2 level in the Italian language (for a better understanding of Italian Pastry & creating wider job opportunity);
  • Must have good communication skills in the English language;
  • Must be at least 18 years of age;
  • Must be highly motivated to start a career in the food & beverage industry;
  • Eager to learn another foreign language and lifestyle.

Certificated Issued

  • Attendance certificate (5 stars to the most deserving)
  • HACCP certificate
  • Certificate of safety in the workplace
  • Certificate of skills acquired EQF (European Qualifications Framework) issued by the Lombardy Region and valid throughout Europe for the profile of Pastry Chef Level EQF: 3


  • Making sweet and savory recipes, as well as baked and hearth recipes typical of national and international pastry suitable for the restaurant and hotel industry.
  • Roll out a dessert menu, in collaboration with the Executive Chef.
  • To manage the quality of ingredients independently in order to maintain product standards.
  • Organize the presentation of the buffets, from the selection of the products to the preparation of the same.

The Contents

  • Fundamentals of classic, national and international pastry.
  • Environments, machinery, and tools of the trade: how to organize the workshop and the pas.
  • Basics of cooking and savory food preparations.
  • Restaurant desserts: plated, at the cart, buffet and single portion.
  • Pastry for breakfast, sweet and savory, buffet and à la carte.
  • Sweet and savory products for coffee breaks, brunches, and snacks.
  • Desserts for intolerances and healthy options.
  • Bread for breakfast, leavened products, classic bread and special bread for catering.
  • Pralines, classic and gourmet confectionery.
  • Pre-desserts and petit four pastries.
  • Ice creams, sorbets and frozen desserts for catering and restaurants.
  • Decorations in sugar, chocolate, and biscuits for plating.
  • Cake decoration for theme presentations, ceremonies, and events.
  • Buffet organization and à la carte service.
  • Outlines for management, food cost, and menu engineering: the restaurant's dessert menu.
  • Sensory analysis base, selection criteria of raw materials and semi-finished quality products.
  • Safety in the workplace and sanitary aspects of the profession.


Why Choose CAST Alimenti

  • Because of our history: we were born in 1997.
  • Because of the great masters who teach in our classrooms.
  • Because of the solid network of contacts within employment opportunities.
  • Because we are the school of world champions: we teach excellence.
  • Because of our international prestige.
  • 80% of students find work in the sector, thanks to the job posting service reserved for those attending school.
Last updated Jul 2020

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About the School

CAST Alimenti, i.e. “Centro Arte, Scienza e Tecnologia dell’Alimento” (Food, Art, Science, and Technology Center), is a training and specialization school founded in Brescia in 1996.

CAST Alimenti, i.e. “Centro Arte, Scienza e Tecnologia dell’Alimento” (Food, Art, Science, and Technology Center), is a training and specialization school founded in Brescia in 1996. Read less