Pastry Schools in Italy

Kelly at the French Pastry School in Chicago

Kelly with Chef Bourse, her classmates, and their creations.


Chef Bourse piping Italian meringue onto the "Exotic Island Tart".


The "Florida" - joconde sponge cake with rose grapefruit cream, strawberry jelly, and vanilla chantilly cream

The "Plaisir Festif" with caramel glaze.

Last month, our very talented pastry chef, Kelly McCloskey, attended a course at the world famous French Pastry School in Chicago. The four day intensive course was a focus on "Cakes, Entremets, Petits Gâteaux and Tarts" and was taught by visiting Chef Frederic Bourse.

Frederic Bourse was born in France, learned the fine art of pastry during several formative years in the world-renowned pastry kitchens of Fauchon under Chef Pierre Hermé, Ecole Lenôtre, Pascal Brunstein, M.O.F., (if any of those names mean anything to you) and many more. He has a famous patisserie in Bergamo, Italy called L'Atelier del Gusto.

Chef Bourse has a signature approach to dessert-making, bringing together flavors and techniques that are both traditional AND new. He has spent years traveling and working all over the world which has allowed him to gain unique insight into ingredients and flavors not often used in pastry.

The untraditional is what attracted Kelly to this course. "He showed us that it is okay to use modern techniques in traditional pastry-making. Softening butter in a microwave is one example! He mentioned while he was using the microwave that this was a big 'no-no' in the traditional schools, but that there is no reason to not use modern conveniences when the need arises." Although the success of many pastries relies on having the exact equipment, Chef Bourse showed students how to improvise when necessary.

The students spent the first three days of the course prepping for 11 items they made on the fourth day. Kelly's favorite item to make was the "Via Spadari" Italian street cookie. This cookie is a favorite in Chef Bourse's patisserie in Bergamo, Italy.

The "Via Spadari" Italian Street Cookie.

"I really enjoyed learning this item because I know that it is something that Two Caterers clients will enjoy. It is a gourmet item that is based on the convenience of street food, will hold up well in the unique timing/challenges of catering and is gorgeous AND delicious." The Via Spadari is a type of shortbread with dried fruit, almonds, and pralines.
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FAQ

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Culinary schools in Italy?

I would be interested in going to college in Italy. However, I'm looking for a serious culinary school that offers Baking & Pastry. It couldn't be anything geared toward tourists. Is there anything similar to say Culinary Institute of America (CIA) or Johnson & Wales (JWU) in Italy where I can earn a degree or the Italian equivalent? Thank you! I need the help.

In Italy you have to attend a five-year vocational school named "Istituto Professionale Alberghiero" in order to become a professional chef, sous-chef or maitre'd. There are 361 of them in the whole country, for some of which there is a long "waiting list" for would-be pupils.

Other than that, there are lots of culinary schools but they are all private and costly, and their qualifications are not recognized internationally.

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