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Passport to Pastries: France

Passport to Pastries Study Abroad

HCC has decided to cancel its 2020 summer break study abroad trip to France. The college will directly contact those students, faculty, and staff registered for the trip regarding pertinent details. More information.


Study baking and pastries where many of the world’s best pastry chefs began, France. The course begins at HCC and will meet for 3 classes a week for 3 weeks with lecture and labs and, then, will travel to France for two weeks. In France, you will participate in a 5 day intensive French baking course at Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Pâtisserie with some of France’s best pastry chefs in the town of Yssingeaux.

Excursions include a visit to La Cité du Chocolate Valrhona where you will see skilled Valrhona chocolatiers at work and a day in medieval Le Puy-en-Velay to explore the pastry and chocolate shops. You will also visit Paris to tour patisseries, boulangeries, chocolatiers, and many Paris landmarks.

This hands-on course will include kitchen lab and lecture learning of French methods in baking, as well as baking history, French culture, and the French baking industry. The HCC culinary uniform is required for the course. Please note this study abroad program involves a lot of walking and prolong periods of standing.

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