Culinary & Baking Enthusiast

If you have a passion for cooking or baking, you can develop your skills in our professional development “Culinary Basics” or "Baking Enthusiast" series, which target those desiring to start or enhance a home cooking or baking business.

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

Learn the science behind cooking, chemical interactions of ingredients, and key sanitation practices. Learn food quality and standards that professional cooking requires, possibly serving as a pathway to a career in the industry. Our classes are taught by professional chefs in a commercial-level kitchen. These hands-on courses are not appropriate for beginners without cooking experience.

These courses could be a stepping stone for entering Madison College's Culinary Arts program, but are not a replacement for it. If becoming a restaurant/food service chef is your immediate goal, please see the Culinary Arts Associate degree program.

Students will work individually and in teams to produce recipes for the day. Students are expected to clean as they go and will receive detailed feedback from the chef each day on key skill areas. Students are expected to wear kitchen appropriate clothing, hair restrains and closed toe, non-skid water resistant shoes.

 

Baking

Advanced Noncredit Baking Classes

Learn the science behind baking, chemical interactions of ingredients, and key sanitation practices. Our classes are taught by professional bakers and chefs in a commercial-level kitchen, utilizing strategies that are meant to take you to a higher level in your baking practice.

Students should have knowledge in scaling recipes, using a stand mixer, hand tools, and basic techniques of creaming, mixing, whipping, folding and kneading. A “Baking Basics” refresher course is available for those who need a review of these skills.

Students are expected to wear kitchen appropriate clothing, hair restrains and closed toe, non-skid water resistant shoes.

These courses could be a stepping stone for entering Madison College's credit baking program, but are not a replacement for it. If a career in retail baking is your immediate goal, please see the Baking and Decorative Arts degree program.

Introduction

Breads

Chocolate

Cakes

Cookies

Instructors

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.

Enrichment

Enrichment Cooking Courses

Try our fun and highly affordable enrichment cooking classes, which are offered at a variety of locations throughout our district. No experience required, and supplies are provided (except in cake decorating). Meet some new people and enjoy the food you prepare together.

enrichment cooking classCooking

Baking and Desserts

Registration

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.