Program Information

Do you love food? Do you enjoy baking? Have a taste for a sweet life in a fast-paced, high-energy career? Dream of being the next celebrity chef? If so, San Jacinto College can help make your dreams come true! Our pastry chef program allows you to work within the industry while you build your education. If your ambitions are more specific, you can also choose to specialize as an assistant cook, baker or baker’s helper, or in basic cooking or specialty foods.

The San Jacinto College pastry chef program:

  • Is a blend of lectures, labs, field trips, guest lecture presentations, networking opportunities, job placement, and a variety of skill sets taught by our state and nationally recognized chefs and professors;
  • Places emphasis on fundamental and advanced culinary arts techniques and hands-on, real world learning through working with our program director, faculty, managers, chefs, and cooks to operate a full-service catering operation, the San Jac Gator Café and Grill, a gourmet bakery, and a fine dining restaurant; and
  • Offers field trips to world-famous culinary destinations including Italy, Disney World, New Orleans, Detroit, and other local culinary events, food shows, and conventions

Accreditation by American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC) assures that a program is meeting at least a minimum of standards and competencies set for faculty, curriculum, and student services.

Additional Information

San Jacinto College offers scholarship opportunities, financial aid, a culinary club, and participation in a variety of culinary competitions.

Career Opportunities

  • Cake Decorator
  • Owner/Operator Bakery
  • Bed and Breakfast Operator
  • Pastry Chef/Baker
  • Executive Pastry Chef
  • Pastry Sous Chef
  • Cruise Line Pastry Chef

Earning Potential

Baker median salary: $24,5011

For more information, please contact North campus, 281-998-6150, x7150.


North Campus