Culinary & Baking Enthusiast

Learn professional skills from professional chefs in fun and informative Madison College Culinary Enthusiast courses taught in Truax Culinary kitchen labs and at the West Campus. These hands-on courses are perfect for intermediate to advanced home cooks and bakers; they are not appropriate for beginners without cooking experience.

Check out our enrichment courses for more non-credit cooking options appropriate for all skill levels. See also Craft Brewing and Specialty Beverages courses.

Advanced Cooking

Advanced Noncredit Cooking classes

Take your home cooking to the next level. Learn the food quality and standards that professional cooking really requires, possibly serving as a pathway to a career in the industry. If a culinary career is your immediate goal, please see the Culinary Arts degree program.

You will work individually and in teams to produce recipes for the day and will receive detailed feedback from the chef after each lesson. Students clean as they go and wear kitchen appropriate clothing and shoes.



Advanced Noncredit Baking Classes

The courses in the Baking Enthusiast Series offer a hands-on experience in scratch baking for the skilled home baker. The classes are an introduction into complex baking techniques including discussion of the science behind the process. If a baking career is your immediate goal, please see the Baking & Decorative Arts degree program.

To skip the Baking Basics class, you must be familiar with the use of a scale, a stand mixer, hand tools, and basic techniques of creaming, mixing, whipping, folding and kneading to be at the same level as other students. Students wear kitchen appropriate clothing and shoes.







Advanced Noncredit Cooking and Baking Instructors

Kevin AppletonKevin Appleton

Kevin Appleton graduated college with a teaching degree and pursued his passion for cooking at the Cooking & Hospitality Institute of Chicago and coursework at the French Pastry School. Kevin has worked in fine dining restaurants in Chicago and Melbourne, Australia. He was the Executive Chef for the Institute of Culinary Arts at Robert Morris College in Chicago and was the Chef for Vom Fass Madison for 5 years. He has won several cooking awards and has appeared on live TV demos, local news publications and on NPR. Kevin joined the Madison College Culinary Arts faculty in 2009 and shares his expertise and love of good food and drinks a wider audience through these courses.

Nishitha IlanderageNishitha Ilanderage

Nishitha has spent his career developing his skills creating fruit and vegetable carving displays for weddings, events, classes and seminars. Born in Sri Lanka, Nishitha has international experience in the culinary industry. He trained at The Hotel School in the capital city of Colombo. For several years he worked at the well-known Cricket Club Cafe. Eventually, he was recruited to manage a Sri Lankan restaurant in Nassau, Bahamas. He continued his education in Nassau at the College of the Bahamas and worked at the fine dining establishment Chez Willie. Nishitha moved to Madison in 2005, where he attended MATC. Since then, he’s been continually involved in the Culinary Arts program as a teaching assistant for Garde Manger. Other Wisconsin technical colleges have sought him out as a guest presenter of his knife and carving skills. Nishitha is an active member of the ACF MadCity Chapter and has used his talents in volunteering around this area of the state. He has won gold and silver ACF medals in various competitions. He also teaches ice carving and judges at several annual events, including WRA Midwest Food Expo. When not working as a Chef for the UW Housing department, Nishitha enjoys teaching and sharing his carving techniques with others to create beautiful displays.



To register, use the course links above to locate an upcoming section and login to add to cart, or note the 5-digit class number and phone (608) 258-2301, ext 2, for registration assistance.

No application is needed. If you have never taken a class here before, you can facilitate enrollment by creating a student account.