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Office Hours: Spring 2020
Mondays 4:15pm to 5:25pm

Thursdays (4/2-5/21) 4:15pm to 5:25pm
Location: 909J

Culinary Arts and Hospitality ManagementExtension and Corporate Training

Chef Anne K Baldzikowski
CAHM Instructor

Anne K Baldzikowski
Chef Anne

A.S. Culinary Arts, B.A. Journalism with a Nutrition minor
With Cabrillo College since 2001

Chocolate croissants, fresh fruit tarts and silky smooth gelato. These are just a few of the delights you will make in my Basic Baking and Pastry course CAHM 155 here at Cabrillo College.
I graduated from the culinary program at Cabrillo in 1984, when the student-run-restaurant, The Back Dining Room, was tucked away behind the cafeteria. Today the restaurant The Pino Alto Room, is located in the beautiful Sesnon House.
After cooking at various restaurants in Santa Cruz County, I continued my pastry studies at Tante Marie's Ecole de Cuisine, in San Francisco.
Upon graduating I moved on down south and baked at the Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara, managed three campus restaurants at UCSB, and then jumped on a plane to further my pastry studies in Europe.
I returned to Santa Cruz with fresh ideas and confidence and opened my first wholesale bakery, The Queen of Tarts. I quickly gathered coffee house customers, caterers, and hotels as my clients. After delivering tarts, cheesecakes, and chocolate cakes from Palo Alto to Monterey for one year I sold the business to go back to school.
At San Jose State University, I developed my passion for food writing. After graduating in 1992 with distinction, with a major in journalism and a minor in nutrition, I had a weekly column as the food critic for the Good Times weekly newspaper.
Eating and writing about food was enjoyable, but I still missed baking for the masses, so I started Let Them Eat Cake. This company allowed me to create 50 or so handmade wedding cakes a year. Meeting with clients and making their cake dreams become reality was both challenging and invigorating.
When the opportunity came to teach at Cabrillo in 2001, I jumped at the chance. The wedding cake business ate up my weekend hours with my young family and I craved the chance to share my secrets with those who were interested in entering this highly creative field.
Today, I am a proud member of the Les Dames d’Escoffier association of esteemed chefs. I authored a cookbook, Easy Artisan, Simple Elegant Recipes for the Everyday Cook, created a Baking Certificate for the CAHM department, and have broadened my horizons at Cabrillo by teaching a variety of culinary courses, offering one-day Extension classes to the community, consulting at local restaurants, as well as being a guest chef for culinary clubs.
I do hope that you will join me in a CAHM course, or if time does not allow for a full semester class, come take a weekend three-hour class through the Cabrillo Extension and see what it is like to create in a professional kitchen. I look forward to meeting you soon!

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