Great story from NJ.Com with an inside look at Gloucester County Institute of Technology’s commercial baking operation and the frenzy of activity as the holidays approach.
The bakery at Gloucester County Institute of Technology was buzzing with activity on a recent weekday afternoon as students prepared oodles of goodies to fill orders placed for the holidays.
The program’s Fresh Start Bakery holds holiday sales for Thanksgiving and Christmas and the rush was on to make cookies, cakes, pies and many other delicious treats.
As Christmas music jangled in the background, the students remained focused on the mission. Some prepared batter in industrial-sized mixers, while others arranged trays and boxes of cookies. Still others applied icing to cookies while another duo made pepperoni bread.
Instructor Deneen Clark, who teaches baking and culinary arts at GCIT, didn’t stand still for a minute as she moved from one group of students to the next, keeping the well-oiled operation humming.
This is the commercial baking portion of the school’s culinary arts program.
“They learn everything you would do in a commercial bakery,” Clark said. “You name it, they do it.”