International competitions and appearances on the Food Network are all in a day's work for Chef Susan Notter, who finds time in her busy schedule to lead the Pastry Arts program at the Pennsylvania School of Culinary Arts, a division of YTI Career Institute's Lancaster campus.
Chef Notter brings her passion, creativity and real-life experiences into our industry-modeled kitchens to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for a Pastry Arts diploma.
Where Creativity and Baking Meet
From crafting pastries, pies and tarts, to designing chocolate and sugar art decorations, Pastry Arts students have ample opportunities for creative work and showcasing your artistic style.
By combining the technical know-how of basic nutrition and specific baking techniques, Chef Notter leads students at the school in hands-on learning opportunities that help build the skills necessary for a variety of career paths, from a baker's assistant in a grocery store bakery department to a pastry arts position at a high-end restaurant or hotel.
Think it's impossible to make a Santa bust solely from cake and fondant, or craft a delicate holiday showpiece just from sugar? You will discover new techniques throughout the Pastry Arts program from Chef Notter's frequent demonstrations.
World-Renowned Outside the Classroom
Of course, learning from the best means benefitting from Chef Notter's many acclaims, including being named one of the top 10 pastry chefs in the United States by Pastry Art & Design magazine. She's also familiar with the high-pressure environments of television, having appeared on Food Network shows including "Food Network Challenge," "Cupcake Wars," and "Halloween Wars," which her team won in 2011.
Notter also brings international experience that spans several countries, having competed in the Culinary Olympics in 2000 and 2016. She also worked in Germany as a pastry chef and as the owner and instructor at the International School of Confectionery Arts.
Bringing her experiences home to the kitchens at the School of Culinary Arts is key. After her bronze finish in the International Pastry Queen competition in Italy in 2012, Chef Notter went on to manage the 2014 gold medal winner, and is currently training the United States' competitor for the 2018 competition with monthly on-site visits in the PSCA kitchens.
Under her oversight, the Pastry Arts program achieved Exemplary Status from the American Culinary Federation, a testament to the faculty's commitment to students and their success.
If learning under Chef Notter's enthusiasm and excitement for the pastry arts seems like a fit for your career goals and path forward, schedule a visit to check out our industry-modeled kitchens and private restaurant.