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MASTER'S DEGREE IN Restaurant Pastry and Sweet Cousine

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Explore the origin of sweet and master its intricacies.

At the tip of one's tongue, sweetness is recognized. To truly understand it, one must decode its sugary secrets. In the program, students specialize in restaurant pastry, mastering the basics of formulation. They perfect essential and cutting-edge sweet kitchen techniques guided by industry experts. Throughout the program, students immerse themselves in the captivating world of desserts. They gain the skills and knowledge to excel in gastronomic pastry. From precise recipe formulation to creating artistic desserts, they become professionals in restaurant pastry.


  • Start Date: october 2024.
  • Number of credits: 60 ECTS
  • Campus Based Learning
  • Duration: 9 months in total
    • 6 months of campus based training (October 2024 to March 2025)
    • 3 months of external internships
  • Schedule: 
    • Monday to Friday from 15:30 to 20:30h (CEST)
  • 18 Spots Available
  • Master's degree awarded by MONDRAGON UNIBERTSITATEA and offered by the Faculty of Gastronomic Sciences at Basque Culinary Center
  • For inquiries and more information, contact


  • Enhance and advance essential knowledge of traditional pastry techniques, as well as master the application of cutting-edge cooking.
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of raw materials and their derivatives, including their gastronomic properties, pairings, and the incorporation of new ingredients applicable in sweet preparations, such as spices, herbs, flowers, and other elements.
  • Acquire a solid foundation in formulation and understand how ingredients interact with techniques, applying creative and innovative processes to address new culinary proposals in restaurant pastry and sweet cuisine.
  • Create a unique menu of sweet preparations, allowing you to meet the demands of contemporary cuisine and offer distinctive and enticing choices to diners.


We understand that professional opportunities may vary based on geographic location and individual preferences. However, with this program, participants can pursue roles and positions in the following areas:

  • Head of the pastry section in restaurants and hotels.
  • Trainer or instructor in educational centers.
  • Pastry chef in a bakery or pastry workshop.
  • Head of a bakery or pastry workshop.
  • Research chef for sweet food industry brands.
  • Entrepreneur in businesses related to bakery, pastry, and ice cream.


10+1 Reasons


You will specialize in restaurant pastry and sweet cuisine, gaining the ability to apply cutting-edge culinary techniques.

You will acquire a broad, inclusive and contemporary knowledge based on the physicochemical processes of each technique, empowering you to create coherent and innovative proposals.

You will gain in-depth knowledge of the primary raw materials used in pastry and develop your sensory skills.

You will be trained by experts in pastry and sweet cuisine, receiving masterclasses from a selection of internationally esteemed professionals.

You will enjoy an advanced educational methodology and model, allowing you to continue your learning experience in any context.


You will continue your learning with a visit to France, the gastronomic birthplace of pastry.

You will participate in the program of additional activities organized by the Faculty, including lectures, exhibitions, and specialized conferences.

You will have the opportunity to undertake internships in dessert sections of esteemed restaurants or in the workshops of renowned pastry chefs.

You will have access to cutting-edge facilities adapted to provide a transformative, innovative, and safe learning experience.


You will become part of Basque Culinary Center, a pioneering academic institution with international recognition and the support of the world's most influential chefs.


The Master's program is designed for individuals with the following profiles:

  • Professionals in the field with experience in pastry shops, workshops, cold sections, and related areas, who aim to innovate and enrich their pastry and dessert offerings, taking their skills and knowledge to the next level. 
  • Cooks with experience in savory cuisine who wish to broaden their culinary horizons and delve into the exciting world of sweet cuisine, exploring new techniques and trends.
  • Entrepreneurial professionals seeking to specialize in restaurant pastry and expand their repertoire of sweet preparations with the goal of offering exceptional culinary experiences to their customers. 

Previous work experience is highly regarded, and having at least one year of experience in the industry is recommended.

If you don't see your profile reflected in the above points but are interested in the Master's program, don't hesitate to apply. We will assess your education and experience and get in touch with you.


Module 1: The Cook and the Current Culinary Context (5 ECTS)

  • Sensory Analysis
  • Culinary Chemistry
  • Sustainability Food
  • Quality and Safety
  • Dining Room and Service
  • Restaurant Management Personal Skills

Module 2: Traditional and Modern Pastry (6 ECTS)

  • Raw Materials: Eggs, Dairy, Sugar, Flours...
  • Basic Creams and Fillings
  • Sponge Cakes Mousses and Derivatives
  • Glazes

Module 3: The Sweet World in the Restaurant (10.5 ECTS)

  • Ice Creams and Sorbets
  • Restaurant Desserts:
  • The Concept
  • Flavor
  • Balance
  • Textures
  • Petit Fours:
  • After a Dessert Different Presentations.
  • The Setting
  • Spices, Herbs, and Flowers in the Sweet World
  • Contemporary Techniques:
  • Foams: Fat-Based, Gelatin-Based, Starch-Based, Albumin-Based, Hot and Cold.
  • Airs: Dairy-Based, Fruit-Based, Lecithin, Sucrose Esters, or Gels: Basic Gelling Agents, Gelatin, Kappa, Agar-Agar, Iota.
  • Thickeners: Modified Starches, Native Starches, Gums, Algae, or The New Machinery in the Restaurant
  • Fermentation Technique Updated as New Gastronomic Trends:
  • Lactic
  • Alcoholic Fungi: Koji, Penicillium
  • Scoby: Kombucha
  • Other Products: Wafer Paper, Liquid Nitrogen, Dry Ice, Quicklime...
  • Pairings in the Sweet World
  • The Vegetable Garden as a Creative Model
  • Creativity and Innovation in Restaurant Desserts:
  • The Evolution Process
  • Starting Points and the Dessert's Thread
  • From Thought to Plate
  • New Trends
  • Decontextualization of Ingredients

Module 4: Chocolate (3 ECTS)

  • From Cocoa Bean to Chocolate
  • Chocolate Tempering Chocolates, Truffles, and Ganaches
  • Chocolate as a Unique Element in a Dessert
  • Bean to Bar

Module 5: Formulation (6.5 ECTS)

  • The Concept and Principles of Formulation
  • Ganache Formulation
  • Ice Cream and Sorbet Formulation
  • Sponge Cake Formulation Mousse Formulation

Module 6: Bakery (2 ECTS)

  • Flour, Seeds and Grains, Yeasts, and Seasonings. Water and Fats
  • Traditional Doughs: Shortcrust, Boiled, Puff Pastry
  • Preferments
  • Fermentation Techniques

Bakery Module 7: Final Master's Project (8 ECTS)

Design, Development, and Execution of a Unique Sweet Gastronomic Concept.

Module 8: Curricular Internship (19 ECTS)

Upon completing the academic period, there will be a 3-month internship to put what has been learned into practice and gain further knowledge. These internships will take place in renowned establishments nationally and internationally:

Restaurants known for restaurant desserts Pastry shops and bakeries Catering companies R&D Units of the food industry or other businesses where students can apply their skills. The management of internships is a personalized process in which, with the guidance of the master's coordination and tutoring, students select the internship placement.




  • Total Duration: 9 months
  • Number of Credits: 60 ECTS 
  • Academic Period: october 2024 to march 2025
  • Schedule: monday to friday from 3:30 PM to 8:30 PM (CEST)
  • Curricular Internships: april to july 2025


The Master's program is delivered using the "learning by doing" methodology, which is based on the concept that the best way to learn is through practical experience and direct action. Instead of solely focusing on theory and passive instruction, this methodology promotes students gaining knowledge and skills by actively participating in practical activities and real projects.

The learning process encompasses the following elements:

  • Demonstrative explanations of the application of each technique, accompanied by insights from a food technology expert, helping students understand the underlying principles of applying each technique.
  • Learning sessions: these sessions cover the theoretical concepts of each module within the program.
  • Raw ingredient tastings and sensory analysis classes, supporting the development of the students' tasting abilities.
  • Practical workshops for each technique and creativity sessions for the development of restaurant desserts. The importance of concept and the consistent thread in creating a dessert menu will be emphasized.
  • Seminars and masterclasses with renowned chefs and pastry chefs specializing in restaurant dessert creation and pastry.
  • Learning journeys: the Master's program includes a 2-3 day visit to a renowned destination in the world of sweets. In previous editions, visits to destinations like Paris, Lyon, or Barcelona have been conducted. These activities outside the classroom may include visits to sweet industry production centers, pastry shops, and representative workshops at the destination.
  • Master's Final Project: students will work on designing their Master's Final Project, developing creations that will be defended and evaluated by an external panel. One of the exercises in this project will involve designing and offering a sweet menu comprising snacks, plated desserts, petit fours, or a box of chocolates.
  • Curricular Internships: curricular internships with companies are conducted after the completion of in-person classes and the Master's Final Project. The internship management is a personalized process, with the guidance and supervision of the Master's program coordinators. Students have the opportunity to choose internship placements where they can apply their knowledge for a duration of 3 months in establishments such as:
    • Restaurants known for their restaurant desserts
    • Pastry shops and workshops
    • Catering companies
    • R&D units in the food industry or other businesses where students can utilize their skills.

*Students have the option to validate internships based on their professional experience.

Teachers and guests

Learn from Accomplished Industry Experts!

You will have the opportunity to learn from accomplished professionals in the field, recognized for their academic, intellectual, social influence, and impactful contributions.The program boasts a faculty panel composed of seasoned culinary experts with specialized knowledge in the realm of sweet Gastronomy.


Luis Arrufat

Luis not only serves as the Master Coordinator Chef for our program but also imparts his profound knowledge as a professor in Restaurant Pastry and Sweet Cuisine. He held the prestigious position of Head Pastry Chef at the iconic El Bulli Restaurant during its final year, an establishment that represented the pinnacle of gastronomy. His talent and dedication also led him to become an integral part of Ferrán Adriá's culinary team for a remarkable six years. But Luis 's impact extends far beyond El Bulli. He has taken on roles of great responsibility in the world of culinary innovation. From Arzak, where avant-garde meets tradition, to the José Andrés Restaurant chain in Washington DC, a realm of culinary diversity and creativity. His contribution to research and development in these establishments has left an indelible mark.

In the present day, Luis serves as a culinary sage and advisor to several nationally renowned restaurants. His wealth of knowledge and passion for the art of cooking continue to inspire and shape the culinary landscape, making him the perfect guide for those embarking on their own culinary journeys.


Cristina Lirola

Cristina’s journey in the world of gastronomy began in Ireland, where she worked in renowned restaurants in Dublin. After traveling across Europe and parts of Southeast Asia, she returned to Barcelona, where her passion for pastry led her to the Hofmann School of Hospitality. For two years, she was part of the training team at the school and oversaw part of the production for Hofmann's pastry department. Today, she is a professor of traditional pastry and a tutor in the Master's program in Sweet Cuisine.

Cesar Romero

Cesar is an expert in the processes of creating and formulating all types of sweet preparations. Besides having an extensive career as a pastry professional and pastry instructor, he is deeply passionate and inquisitive about sweet cuisine.In recent years, he has focused on providing advisory services and culinary demonstrations for commercial brands worldwide. He collaborates as an associate professor in sweet culinary programs at Basque Culinary Center.

Additionally, you will benefit from the expertise of other faculty members from the Faculty, including:

  • Maria Mora from BCC Innovation: Sensory tastings
  • Alfredo Taboada: Fermentations
  • Adela Balderas: Personal skills management
  • Edorta Lamo: Bread
  • Patxi Troitiño and Koro Santos: Sweet cuisine and pairing
  • Iñaki Álava: Culinary chemistry

During the Master's program, master pastry chefs, restaurant chefs, and esteemed Chefs will conduct pastry and restaurant dessert masterclasses in which they will create some of their most representative creations. They will explain the application of techniques, methods of creation, as well as their vision and philosophy. Some of the past guest instructors include:

  • Jordi Puigvert: Seminar on "New pastry products." Author of a key book for understanding modern pastry concepts and techniques and owner of Sweet N go.
  • Yann Duytsche: Seminar on "Avant-garde in pastry." Author of a key book bridging the transition from pastry to dessert cuisine, Diversiones dulces, and owner of the Chocolatería Dolç in Barcelona.
  • Josep María Rodríguez: Seminar on "Bakery pastry." Owner of the Pastisseria Barcelona.
  • Oliver Fernández and José Romero: Seminar on "Pastries." Pastry professors from the Barcelona guild.
  • Miquel Guarro: Professor at the prestigious Chocolate Academy of Spain.
  • David Gil: Pastry chef for Albert Adriá in various establishments within the El Barri Adriá group.


Fees / Grants

The total cost of the Master's program is 12.375 €, which will be paid as follows:

  • 150 € upon application (fully refundable in case of non-admission).
  • 25% of the total, 3.056,25 € upon admission confirmation as a reservation fee.
  • The remaining amount is 3 installments of 3.056,25 € in October, December, and February.

The master's price includes:

  • Academic materials
  • Basque Culinary Center uniform
  • Access to the online learning platform
  • Seminars and masterclasses included in the Master
  • Study trips (transport to the destination, visit arrangements, and accommodation A/D)
  • Management of curricular internships
  • Issuance and delivery of the degree/diploma
  • Enrollment in the Basque Culinary Center alumni service: Bculinary Alumni




1 Pre- Registration

Interested students should make the online registration and pay the registration fee. In addition, the following documentation should be sent to 

  • The Curriculum Vitae
  • 1 passport size photo 
  • Photocopy of the DNI or passport
  • Letter of motivation, explaining the student's interest in this educational programme.

2 To complete the different steps of the selection process

Step 1: accreditation of education and experience
The Selection Board will assess:
    Degree in gastronomy or equivalents
    HNC and HND education in cookery and catering  
    Higher education in patisserie  
    Other non-regulated patisserie, cake making, and dessert cookery studies carried out in prominent centres.

A minimum experience of 1-2 years in patisserie retail and manufacture, or in a restaurant desserts section is desirable.

Step 2: Contrasting Interview
The Selection Board will individually interview candidates who have completed step 1 in order to assess their specific knowledge, discuss the information provided and the educational concerns of the candidate. If necessary, candidates will be required to provide additional information such as the production of a video or knowledge test that can demonstrate their qualities, abilities and skills in the kitchen.
Step 3: evaluation of motivation and personal aptitudes
The Selection Board will assess the motivation, as well as the personal aptitudes, that will enable students to succeed in this training process. Personal statements will be taken into account for this purpose.
Once the 3 steps of the selection process has been completed, candidates will be awarded a final mark. The 18 candidates with the highest marks will be admitted

3 Payment of the reservation fee

Candidates who complete the process will be informed of their results indicating whether they have been admitted or placed on the reserve list.
In certain cases, applicants who have been accepted will be required to attend, prior to the start of the master’s degree, a compulsory course intended to provide the same level of knowledge to ensure their success in this rigorous programme. Failure to achieve this level will result in the offer being withdrawn.
Candidates who have been admitted will be asked to pay the reservation fee before formalising the registration.

It is important to emphasise that::
    The period for registration will remain open until all places have been allocated. The maximum number of students to be admitted is 18.
    A first selection of applications will take place from the opening of the registration period until the middle of July 2023. Applicants will be notified as and when the Board completes their assessments.
    Replies to applications received after that date will be sent as soon as practical.
    In the case of foreign students, the letter of acceptance and all other information necessary to apply for visas will be supplied to successful candidates once they have paid the confirmation of registration fee.


Enquiries and further information from:


Culinary House

Livensa Living San Sebastian is located in the neighborhood of Ibaeta, in a quiet area and a step away from Tolosa Avenue that leads to Ondarreta beach. It is an accommodation that takes care of all the details and is designed to make you feel at home during your stay in Donostia-San Sebastian. It has spaces to relax and share time in company.

Features to highlight:

  • Single rooms with full kitchen and private bathroom
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Common kitchens or "txokos".
  • Leisure areas: living room, games room, cinema room, etc.
  • Music rehearsal rooms
  • Co-working spaces
  • Private parking

Take advantage of the preferential rates for Basque Culinary Center students.

More information about accommodation here



These types of residence are small and have restricted entrance times. The rooms can be single or double and they do not always have an ensuite bathroom. Those that offer full board may not offer all the meals at weekends. Admission to these residences entails a personal interview with the families.

The prices given below are approximate.

Camino de S. Bartolomé, 24
Tel 943 464795
Regimen full board
Precio aproximado €625/month
Avda. Gral. Zumalakarregi, 11
Tel 943 210800
Regimen full board
Precio aproximado €580-€615/month
Residents must leave the residence at weekends with the exception of examination periods.
Paseo de la Fe, 34
Tel 943 456072
Regimen full board
Precio aproximado €350-€490
Paseo de Heriz, 95
Tel 943 210866
Regimen half board or full board
Precio aproximado from €450 to €590/month
No se ofrecen comidas durante el fin de semana aunque hay una cocina a disposición de las residentes.
Ilumbe, 8
Tel 943 456600
Regimen full board
Precio aproximado €540-€605/month
C/ Aldapeta, 49
Tel 616 369 815
Regimen Pensión completa
Precio aproximado 932€/mes
No hay cocinas disponibles para las residentes pero las estudiantes de BCC podrán realizar prácticas de cocina.
Paseo de Ayete, 25
Tel 943 242400
Regimen pensión completa
Precio aproximado 370€
El precio del alojamiento y pensión se costea trabajando en el servicio de alimentación. Admisión mediante entrevista.
Pº Ayete, 25
Tel 943 21000
Regimen Pensión Completa
Precio aproximado 1.055€/mes
Pº Maddalen Jauregiberri,2
Tel 943 454400
Regimen habitación y desayuno
Precio aproximado 320€-380€/mes


These are mixed and are larger than the religious residences. As a general rule, they do not have entrance times.

Paseo de Miramón, 162
Tel (+34) 943 56 91 28
Regimen acommodation in studio with fully furnished kitchen and private bathroom
Precio aproximado desde 600€ hasta 880€/mes
A tan solo un paso de Basque Culinary Center. Instalaciones equipadas con un amplio espacio de cocina dedicado a prácticas culinarias, salas de estudio, gimnasio y zona lounge para socializar con otros residentes.
Pº Ondarreta, 24
Tel 943 003300
Regimen alojamiento y desayuno, media pensión o pensión completa
Precio aproximado desde 498€ hasta 1.090€/mes
El precio incluye la limpieza del uniforme de cocina. No hay cocinas disponibles para los residentes aunque los estudiantes de BCC podrán hacer prácticas de cocina en un espacio debidamente equipado para ello.
Pº Berio, 9
Tel 943 563000
Regimen alojamiento
Precio aproximado desde 403€ hasta 690€/mes
Residencia de la Universidad de País Vasco; alojan prioritariamente a los estudiantes de la UPV pero pueden tener plazas disponibles desde la reciente ampliación.


Prior authorisation from interested parties, the BCC Students'Office favours contact among admitted students so that they can organise themselves to share flats. Traditionally, students have created groups in social media to contact each other. The BCC also informs students about rented flat offers that the owners send us.
The average price per student in a shared flat in Donostia-San Sebastian is around €300 per month.

Procedures before travelling

Students from European Union member countries, and Norway, Switzerland. Liechtenstein and Iceland will not require a visa to reside in Spain.
Other international students will have to request a long term student visa which will allow them to reside in Spain for a period longer than 180 days.

Visas should be requested from, and issued by Diplomatic Missions and Spanish Consul Offices abroad. It is important to obtain information on the required documentation and gather it as soon as possible, since the relevant authorities may take up to two months to advise that the visas will be granted.

Once students have arrived in Donostia-San Sebastian, they have one month from the time of their arrival to request the foreign students’ card at the Oficina de Extranjeros of Donostia-San Sebastian. This students’ office of the BCC will provide the necessary information to students in this regard.

Sport service

Through the MU Sports Service, students can access team sports as well as individual sporting activities and Group trips (weekend skiing, surfing trips….).

Donostia-San Sebastian also has an extensive offer of municipal sporting facilities. The Kirol Txartela (sport card) permits access to all the city’s municipal facilities at a very economical price. For more information, go to the following link.


Cost of living info

Information on the COST OF LIVING in San Sebastian is given below:


The best way to get around the city is with the network of urban buses. The company which provides this service is Compañia del Tranvia de Donostia-San Sebastian.

Their web page contains all information on routes, timetables and tariffs. The web page also enables the calculation of the bus route between two points and its estimated duration.

Students can benefit from monthly season tickets which reduce the cost of travelling by bus.

Shopping Basket

Donostia-San Sebastian offers accommodation in student residences. It is advisable that those interested in this type of accommodation make their reservation as soon as possible.

A document containing information on some of the residences in the city can be found below.
Download: Accommodation in San Sebastian

Donostia - San Sebastián

Donostia-San Sebastian is the administrative capital of Gipuzkoa, one of the territories that integrates the Basque Country. There are two official languages: Spanish and Basque.

On the banks of the Bay of Biscay,, Donostia-San Sebastián is a small town within a natural framework of incomparable beauty. A holiday destination for monarchs and nobles during the Belle Epoque, Donostia-San Sebastian arose as a lordly city where tradition and modernity exist side by side.

Images courtesy of San Sebastian Tourism
If there is something that can compete with its spectacular beauty that is its gastronomy: cradle of the “new Basque cuisine”, Mecca of culinary avant-garde and the world capital of the pintxo, Donostia-San Sebastian is the city with the most Michelin stars per square metres in the world. The importance of its restaurants, its famous gastronomic societies and the quality of its raw material convert Donostia-San Sebastian into a gastronomic reference in the world. Not in vain, the British magazine, “Which”, chose Donostia-San Sebastian as the best gastronomic destination in the world.

Over the last few years, innovation and sustainability have been the two main pillars for the development of Donostia-San Sebastian, which has fostered an ideal city of pedestrians and bicycles.

Images courtesy of San Sebastian Tourism
  • Because in Donostia-San Sebastian, as in the rest of the Basque Country, gastronomy forms part of society and good food is present at any event and celebration. Donostia-San Sebastian, a city of 185,000 inhabitants, has 120 gastronomic societies.
  • Because four of the eight restaurants with three Michelin stars in Spain are in the Basque Country, three of them in Donostia-San Sebastian.
  • Because of its cultural offer, which includes internationally renowned film and jazz festivals. Donostia-San Sebastian has been named as European Capital of Culture for 2016.
  • Due to its beaches, ideal for practicing surf all year round.
  • Due to its mountains, just 2.5 hours from the Pyrenees.
  • Because it is a safe, accessible and welcoming city.

Images courtesy of San Sebastian Tourism
Donostia-San Sebastian is connected to the main Spanish cities by bus, train and plane.

The airport of Donostia-San Sebastian is 20 kilometres from the city. It is a small airport with direct flights from Madrid and Barcelona. It has a bus service to the city centre.

The international airport of Bilbao is one hour from Donostia-San Sebastian, and it is connected to the city with a frequent bus service from the actual airport.

The international airport of Biarritz is 45 minutes away although it only offers a direct bus to Donostia-San Sebastian once a day.
   Bilbao – 99 km
   Biarritz – 50 km
   Madrid – 450 km
   Barcelona – 570 km

donostia Images courtesy of San Sebastian Tourism

BCC Students

During their study years, BCC students will have access to the BCC Student APP. Through this APP students will be informed about grants and scholarships, job opportunities, extracurricular learning opportunities, events, invitations to exclusive Master Classes... They will also be informed on student discounts, BCC Cafeteria or Restaurant reservations, transportation, etc.

Academic period: october 2024 - march 2025
From monday to friday, 3:30 PM to 8:30 PM (CEST)
Internship: april - june 2025 de monday to friday from 3:30 pm to 8:30 pm (CEST)
18 spots available
12.375 €
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