You might think that Chef Thiago Silva would be satisfied owning and operating his own renowned bake shop—the Newton, Massachusetts bakery Salt Patisserie—as well as serving sweets to the stars.

In fact, he extends his love for divine desserts even further by teaching what he knows. As an instructor in BU MET’s Professional Pastry Arts Program, Silva helps students develop the foundation they need to launch a career in baking and the food industry.

Silva also helps casual cooks learn the tricks of the trade, and he recently joined WBZ’s New England Living to teach viewers how to make the perfect crème caramel—or, as he explains it is commonly referred to in the Portuguese tongue of his native Brazil, Pudim.

In the televised lesson, Chef Silva, whose cooking style combines classic French and Italian techniques with robust Brazilian flavors, goes over the simple process of making this elegant dessert, including details on what makes his restaurant’s namesake ingredient the key to dessert flavors. He also demonstrates plating techniques and offers insight into finding the perfect wine pairing for sweets.

BU’s on-campus Professional Pastry Arts Program helps gives you the know-how needed to make a career in baking, whether by joining a food business or launching your own.

Topics covered include:

  • Artisan Breads
  • Baking Principles and Ingredients
  • Breakfast and Brunch
  • Cakes
  • Chocolate Work
  • Cookies
  • Custards, Puddings, and Mousses
  • Dessert Presentation
  • Pastry Basics
  • Pies
  • Quick Breads
  • Specialty Baking (Gluten-Free and Vegan)
  • Syrups, Creams, and Sauces
  • Tarts and Special Pastries
  • Yeast Doughs, Lean and Rich

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Find out more about Chef Silva’s at New England Living.