This is a post about the APA TAFE- Patisserie intensive: 5 day foundation skills course and my thoughts on it. If you would like to know more about the course, or thinking about doing the course this is a post for you!
This course is a good experience for those who love dessert, pastry and baking. It’s a chance get your feet wet in the world of pastry. You get the opportunity to work in a real commercial kitchen and be taught by experience professional pastry chefs.
It’s a really great course for beginners and experienced home cooks. But just don’t go into the course without having cooked anything in your life and expect to turn into Zumbo over night.
More about the course
The course ran for 5 days and they call it intensive for a reason. It was 9am- 3pm for five days (with a lunch break in between). The course covers the foundation skills in Patisserie: Chocolate, Tarts, Plated Desserts, Macrons and Choux. (Read more on details on the course on their site here)
I made the decision to do the course, to help me decide whether I should pursue a culinary education. The APA is a part of TAFE and the instructors also teach at the Le Cordon Bleu and TAFE. I found that this was as close to a real culinary education that I could get without having to commit to a full course.
The classes were held at the Northern Institute TAFE the same campus as Le Cordon Bleu. It is easily accessible by car with plenty of parking. It is possible to catch public transport there but just keep in mind you get to take home what you make in the class (… and one of the classes is a croquembouche.. so good luck with that)
The classes were small and all equipment/ingredients are provided for you. You are required for wear appropriate clothes, shoes and have your hair tied back. Most of time you are required to work in pairs, THANK GOODNESS my partner was fab! She was super clean. I cannot stand a messy bench.
I found this course to be an amazing experience, the course work was fun detailed and in depth. All the instructors were delightful and fun.
I will be the first to admit, it was actually quite pricey. However, after doing the course, found that it was worth every penny. I did get my money’s worth in the course. I learnt valuable professional skills and habits that I still use to this day.
The timing is not great. It’s held Monday- Friday. So if you’re working full time, you may need to take time off to complete the course. But don’t let this be a deterrent from taking the course because hey, you do what you need to do to make things happen yeah?
In the end, after completing this course, it made me decided to commit to full time study to complete my Certificate III in Retail Baking. I have since then completed my Certificate at TAFE and have not looked back since.
Read more about the next APA TAFE 5 Day intensive course here
Head over to the Australian Patisserie Academy read up on other classes here
Feel free to post any questions you have about the course in the comments and I will be happy to answer them.