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Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts

Posted by Staff / Posted on September 1, 2011

Bonnie Gordon CollegeThe Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts is where many budding Toronto bakers have turned a love of sweets into full fledged businesses. This private career college offers varying levels of courses, from a six-week cake design program, to a confectionary arts diploma, as well as individual continuing education courses for those looking to learn about pastry arts on a more personal interest level, or gain experience with a particular type of confection.

My sweets-loving photographer and I were invited to participate in the school's Cake Pops and Whoopie Pies course, a one-day course dedicated to learning how to make these trendy treats from start to finish.

Before class, a quick chat with Bonnie Gordon, founder of the college and a highly successful cake designer in her own right, reveals her vision for the school. With her own path beginning in art school and leading to education in various fields from fashion design to a Masters in Museum Education, Gordon finally found a creative outlet in the world of pastry.

Bonnie Gordon CollegeAfter studying at George Brown, she set out for New York to train with Colette Peters, one of the city's top cake designers, eventually making a name for herself in the field of cake design as well. Gordon's accomplished work in the pastry industry and background in education made for an easy transition into teaching others. Wanting to bring artisinal baking and confectionary creativity to a new level in Toronto, she opened her own school, giving her the opportunity to help other artists find an outlet for their creativity in the world of pastry arts.

At 9:30 a.m. sharp, we take our seats in the main kitchen as class begins. The school believes in small classes - no larger than ten to twelve people - and the group ranges in experience from beginners like us, to those training for careers in the pastry industry. Bonnie explains earlier that the inexperienced are the norm at this school, and those completely new to the craft should feel welcome.

Bonnie Gordon CollegeWe watch as our instructor, Marisa, a Red Seal chef who found her focus in pastry arts and cake design, demonstrates the first project. Using beautiful, high quality ingredients (no artificial vanilla extract here, people), we make chocolate buttermilk cakes, which are later pulverized and mixed with our creamy homemade chocolate ganache and rolled into truffle-like balls for cake pops.

We learn how to make a red velvet cake batter, and pipe it into little rounds to be baked into the outer layer of a red velvet whoopie pie, complemented perfectly with an excellent cream cheese frosting. Once the little cakes are cool, we pipe the icing into the centre, secure the top layer of cake, and voila! Delicious whoopie pies that made me a hero at work the following day.

As the day progresses, after our cake pops have been secured onto little sticks with a quick dip of white chocolate, we begin the more challenging part of the class. Unaware of the amount of detail and effort that go into these little treats, Taralyn and I are humbled by the intricate and challenging process of creating beautiful cake pops.

Bonnie Gordon CollegeDipped in chocolate we colour to our preference, rolled in sprinkles and hand-dyed sugar, these beautiful treats are not as easy to make as they might seem. Each individual piece requires patience and attention to detail, but after a few mishaps our work is looking much better.

Marisa demonstrates the more advanced decorating techniques, from flowers piped with royal icing, to a rose-shaped pop with petals made of modeling chocolate. Some of these techniques require a lot of skill, but as students around us practice and experiment, technique improves and beautiful desserts are produced.

Though our treats were nowhere near as beautiful as our instructors, we leave with valuable information on recipes and technique, and definitely some new skills as well. The treats we made were impressively delectable, a reflection of excellent ingredients and great recipes.

Bonnie Gordon CollegeThe Bonnie Gordon School offers a wide variety of one-day courses, with intriguing options like a full day devoted to the art of the French macaron, and an evening entitled 'Pies With Wanda,' a pie-making course with Wanda of Wanda's Pie in the Sky. Full programs include a comprehensive range of courses, from designer cakes to tarts and petit fours, with a focus on French patisserie style desserts.

From the aspiring industry professional wanting to leave with the artistic skills and business savvy to open their own business, to someone who simply wants to spend a day learning how to make impressive confections, the Bonnie Gordon School of Confectionary Arts has all kinds of options. We definitely enjoyed our day in the life of a pastry chef, and for myself, the ability to make fantastic whoopie pies at home is an invaluable skill that will be long appreciated.

For the full whoopie pie recipe and instructions, check out this post.

Bonnie Gordon CollegeWriting by Meaghan Binstock. Photos by Taralyn Marshall.

Discussion

52 Comments

Jackie / November 7, 2009 at 11:25 pm
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Stay away if you are attending classes here. Staff is rude, condescending and the atmosphere in general is unhelpful. Their fees are through the roof and they behave as if they are doing you a favor by bothering to teach you.
I attended 2 courses here before I gave up. BAD experiences and others in the class came away feeling they tried to over promise and under deliver.
Barbara / November 25, 2009 at 08:15 pm
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I had the same experience. Stay away.
Barbara / November 25, 2009 at 08:16 pm
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I had a terrible experience. Everyone is so snobby and think they are better than the rest. Bonnie Gordon is not Toronto's only cake designer.
Phyllis / December 11, 2009 at 01:41 am
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My daughter convinced me to take a course at Bonnie Gordon's Cakes. I learned how to make pastry, and pies and fillings. I had zero confidence in baking prior to taking this course. I have baked several pies since and am told I make the best pastry and pie ever! My daughter is a George Brown graduate and is now continuing with Bonnie Gordon's 6 week course to "put some icing on the cake" so to speak. She loved George Brown and she is also very impressed with Bonnie Gordon Cakes, so impressed in fact, she has opted to take the 6 week course rather than two more years of pastry courses at George Brown. She also took a cupcake course at Bonnie Gordon Cakes and the results were out of this world! I highly recommend this private school and add some sweetness to your life. The staff are congenial and friendly.
B.K / January 18, 2010 at 01:24 pm
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The worst place ever to take courses there,all they want is to take your money thats all.
Andrea / April 18, 2010 at 04:49 pm
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I loved thi school. They helped me out so much and made me love my dessign as much as the taste of the cake. Iv taken the 6 week course and can't wait to attend more.
The Caketress / June 15, 2010 at 01:39 pm
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I learned from many schools worldwide and found that I learned the most from the Bonnie Gordon School. This is not just any cake school, there you learn how to be a cake artist and how to run a cake business. Highly recommend this school and am shocked at the prior comments. Yes there are other Cake Designers in Toronto, but you are going to find that 90% learned from this school including myself.
Rose / July 9, 2010 at 09:35 pm
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I had very bad experience with these people.....never again!
Sonia / July 11, 2010 at 05:34 pm
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I was excited to take courses at Bonnie Gordon however after my first class I came away feeling like Bonnie along with most of her staff were extremely snobby. The interns seem to be the only personable people that work there. The instructors although talented were rude. Too bad, talented people but what's that worth if you aren't personable...
marcia puri / August 25, 2010 at 05:13 pm
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I think some of your comments about Bonnie Gordon's school were a little nasty. I took private lessons for just one day, and yes, they were high priced, but Bonnie couldn't have been more helpful. I learned a great deal from her. It was also very interesting to see how she operated her business. I think it was worth every penny. Sometimes very creative people are better at being creative than they are at dealing with the public. It's difficult dealing with the public, I feel. I think she did a fine job.
Jesse / January 20, 2011 at 12:42 pm
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Too bad this reputation exist. I notice all the cake designer coming from this school produce the same concept designs. How is that creative??
Carol / March 30, 2011 at 07:32 am
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Don't waste your money!
This "college" - I'm still understanding how this place is called that way - doesn't have the sufficient space for accommodating that amount of student involved in the program. There are not enough equipment for everyone and you'll pass most of your time struggling for supplies among the classroom. Just a few teachers have the knowledge and expertise to manage big groups of students - being a cake decorator doesn't make you a college teacher and that's exactly what you will found here...
Is this place a school or a cake business? Whereas they run multiple programs at the same time, with just 1 kitchen and 2 decoration rooms, they are operating under the same space, baking cakes and doing decor with the same supplies and in the same rooms!!! unbelievable, no respect for the students..
Don't think you're going to experience a great deal of detail on their classes, the instructor sits in one corner of a big table to demo a technique and pretends that a room full of people will see what she/he is doing... Not a projection equipment, not even a mirror atop the teacher to magnify their work... very bad.
In other words, these people are cheap, they don't invest on the school, lack of supplies, equipment, resources and most of all qualify instructors.
Time will bring this school down.
nausheen replying to a comment from Andrea / April 5, 2011 at 05:59 pm
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Hi, can u tell me about ur experince with the class. pls i am interested in doing the cake certificate course so i need to know if its worth trying or not.
Eliza / April 14, 2011 at 03:54 pm
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I wish more baking programs, in any school anywhere, were as homey and inspiring as Bonnie Gordon College. When I first came to the school it wasn’t at all what I had expected, it was more. Instead of a teacher reading out of a text book of what cakes could be, the teachers here put confidence in me to create and design my own cakes, and helped push me towards what MY cakes could be. The classrooms only have 10 students, so you can always call the teacher to ask a question or get help whenever you need it, they’re always there to help you. Any questions I had, in any of my classes, were answered. The staff at Bonnie’s have years of real experience and demonstrate in demo’s why they deserve to be there every day, so you know you’re being taught by professionals. The demo’s of baking and decorating are really helpful the teachers show you step by step of what you’re doing and if you don’t get it the first time they will show you again until you understand. I left the program confident and ended up creating the most beautiful cakes, my clients are even happier then I am when they receive my cakes. Even the things I don’t like, such as washing dishes, I learned are just as important to baking as making your cake beautiful, it still is a classroom, sharing is caring! If the word of a very happy, recent, graduate; January 24th-March 4th, is anything I would recommend this program to absolutely everyone and anyone, even with the smallest interest of cake. I graduated back in March and I’m still going back for more!
Eliza / April 14, 2011 at 03:55 pm
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I wish more baking programs, in any school anywhere, were as homey and inspiring as Bonnie Gordon College. When I first came to the school it wasn’t at all what I had expected, it was more. Instead of a teacher reading out of a text book of what cakes could be, the teachers here put confidence in me to create and design my own cakes, and helped push me towards what MY cakes could be. The classrooms only have 10 students, so you can always call the teacher to ask a question or get help whenever you need it, they’re always there to help you. Any questions I had, in any of my classes, were answered. The staff at Bonnie’s have years of real experience and demonstrate in demo’s why they deserve to be there every day, so you know you’re being taught by professionals. The demo’s of baking and decorating are really helpful the teachers show you step by step of what you’re doing and if you don’t get it the first time they will show you again until you understand. I left the program confident and ended up creating the most beautiful cakes, my clients are even happier then I am when they receive my cakes. Even the things I don’t like, such as washing dishes, I learned are just as important to baking as making your cake beautiful, it still is a classroom, sharing is caring! If the word of a very happy, recent, graduate; January 24th-March 4th, is anything I would recommend this program to absolutely everyone and anyone, even with the smallest interest of cake. I graduated back in March and I’m still going back for more!
Danielle / April 14, 2011 at 06:27 pm
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Amazing! I am finishing up my 5th week in the 6 week certificate program. I am extremely happy with my decision to take this course at Bonnie Gordon College. I had never covered a cake with fondant before in my life and I have just completed a 5 tier wedding cake. Great staff, helpful and patient. I found all the teachers to be very encouraging. The groups are smaller so it gives you a lot of one on one time with the instructors. Interns are super helpful too. Bonnie spent the day with us today talking about design and troubleshooting when it comes to making cakes. I would recommend Bonnie Gordon College to ANYONE whether you want to make a career out of cake designing, or even if it's just a hobby. High praises.
Adriana / April 14, 2011 at 06:47 pm
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Hello All,

I have just read 1 specific comment written by "carol", and I am going to have to disagree with absolutely everything she has stated. I have been attending the Bonnie Gordon College for 2 years now, I completed the CAP program and various other courses at the school and in 2 years my business has bloomed! My company and I owe so much to this school. The teachers are fantastic, and not to mention some of the TOP leading cake designers known all over Canada,USA and other parts of the world. Bonnie's teachers are some of the leading designers in this industry and they try everything to bring upon their knowledge on the students which enter the school in whatever way they can. I don't really understand why you would want MORE then 10 people in a class room. Having this amount of people enables the teacher to work one on one with the student(s) and enables your technique as a student to become much more refined as they have more time to spend teaching you how to learn. As a student continuing to attend the school I wouldn't recommend you going anywhere else to learn how to design cakes because the technique learned at BGS is the best techniques, your work will always be Clean, Creative & Unique. It is well worth the money and well worth the hard work! So again, as per the negative review a few comments above I am going to strongly disagree with you, as BGS has proven to be the Leading Cake School in T.O and is being recognized all over the country and beyond with it's amazing teachers, and of course Bonnie herself. Personally, I would never go anywhere else for cake advice because everyone is ALWAYS willing to help, share and make you prosper in such a competitive industry.
Megan / April 14, 2011 at 09:39 pm
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My whole experience at the school has been an amazing one, from beggining, to what is now coming to an end. I enrolled in the certificate program a couple months back and I got so much more from the program than I was expecting. The course was professional and an amazing introductory step into what the real world is like in this industry. All of the staff their were awesome, they were so helpful and patient, throughout the entire course. The program material was very interesting and exciting, I found my self excited every day to get up and go to school, no matter how tired I was. I have learnt so many new skills and techniques from taking the program that I will carry on throughout the rest of my baking career all because of BGS. I learnt so much over the six weeks of my course and enjoyed myself so much that I then went on and became a TA. I loved my time at BGS, it has opened up so many doors for me and I would recomend this school to everyone and anyone!!
megan / April 14, 2011 at 09:42 pm
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My whole experience at the school has been an amazing one, from beggining, to what is now coming to an end. I enrolled in the certificate program a couple months back and I got so much more from the program than I was expecting. The course was professional and an amazing introductory step into what the real world is like in this industry. All of the staff their were awesome, they were so helpful and patient, throughout the entire course. The program material was very interesting and exciting, I found my self excited every day to get up and go to school, no matter how tired I was. I have learnt so many new skills and techniques from taking the program that I will carry on throughout the rest of my baking career all because of BGS. I learnt so much over the six weeks of my course and enjoyed myself so much that I then went on and became a TA. I loved my time at BGS, it has opened up so many doors for me and I would recomend this school to everyone and anyone!!

Sandy / April 14, 2011 at 10:33 pm
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I am so apalled at some of the comments above and I will have to strongly disagree with ALL the negative remarks and reviews found on this page. I've had the great pleasure and luck of attending the 6 week certificate programme at the Bonnie Gordon College, which as a Professional Cake Designer and Business owner in the U.S, I would highly recommend. Not only was the experience great and extremely professional, but the Teachers and Staff were helpful and concerned with the progress of everyone in the class. I was also happy to find that Bonnie herself is very involved with all her students always making sure that you recieve nothing but the best experience while attending the school. I have learned and worked with other Cake Designers in the Industry and found that I had learned the most from my experience with Bonnie. If you are serious about learning from the best trained professionals Bonnie Gordon College is whithout a doubt your Best and only choice.
Carol / April 14, 2011 at 11:41 pm
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Were you guys paid to go online and write the same comments at the same time? forced marketing?
This is just a student point of view, who invested a big deal of money on a program that didn't meet the expectations nor even the level that the school praised about.
It would be smart to listen the bad reviews, which are completely true, and implement a strategy to improve the school system. Anyone who has gone to a real college, or university has the ability to make a simple comparison, and the truth is that there is a long of list of items to be fixed, modules to be re-designed and teachers to be changed...
A good advice that will help BGC to become a better teaching institution, because cake schools are all over the world...
Melanie / April 14, 2011 at 11:53 pm
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I sorry to disagree with you Sandy, but I just finished the 6 weeks certificate program and Bonnie was basically never involved in the student activities. My classmate also commented how surprised the were to never received an advice or compliment from herself.
nausheen replying to a comment from Melanie / April 15, 2011 at 12:23 am
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Hi Melanie, apart from the issue Bonnie never came to the classrooms, did u find the class interesting and do u think u learned enough or was it a waste of time. I am soo confuse there are so many views.

Nausheen
Rolex / April 15, 2011 at 11:07 am
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WOW!!! i cant believe i am reading such negative comments ppl are writing about BGC. I am from St.Maarten and i personally flew to Toronto to take BGC's 6 weeks intense course. At first when i read about the price i was shocked, but something still drew me to this school. When i first visited the school, i was just amazed to see the cakes and the set up. CLEAN, SIMPLE, but a very comfortable classroom setting with all the amenities one would need. The classes always started on time and very informational. I had a very weak baking skill and didn't even know i had an artist hiding inside me until i finished this course. From the staff to all the teachers, i could not have asked for a better time. After this course my baking skills and creative design has brought my business to a whole different level. My clients, family and friends here (from St. Maarten) are amazed to see my production and some even shocked to see that in such a short time, i was able to learn to bake and design at this level.
I would have to admit one thing though. N yes BGC does not look like your average college or doesn't even teach like the average college, because this college actually cares about the future of its students, and how else would one learn to bake if it doesn't feel like home. The best baking is always done at home. And BGC has that feel. A college that feels like home and teachers that teach you like your parents.

Bonnie and all the staff and teachers, You will always have my support and for all you haters, that our hating on this college... I think you guys need to find another profession, cause if you cant learn from such AWSOME teachers than its best you leave the baking to US.... BONNIE GORDON ALUMANI of 2010 forever!!!

N if you need to check if this is real come look for me in St. Maarten... i have my BGC certificate big and bold in my store!!! PEACE....

Marian / April 20, 2011 at 10:58 am
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My experience at the Bonnie Gordon School has always been a positive one; not only did I come away having learned so many new tips and skills in every class I took, I found that the instructors were always friendly and willing to help in any way they could.
I remember once having a particularly difficult time covering a square cake (cakes are not my area of strength!), and one of the instructors stayed with me during break time to help me fix it up, and she was so lovely about it – she helped me feel better about being new (and not very good lol) at it! It’s easy to feel intimidated in ANY class, whether it’s George Brown College or the Bonnie Gordon College, and I think it’s important to remember that we’re all learning, we all have different strengths, and that going to school is about the learning process. The important thing is the information being taught.
From my experience, I 100% stand behind the quality of the information being shared at Bonnie Gordon’s. Bonnie and her instructors are passionate about the subject matter, it shines through in everything they do; they are continually on the cutting edge of new cake tools, techniques etc. and take pride in their work and sharing with their students. I love George Brown (my father taught there for 28 years), and respect their pastry program, however, when I recommend schools to my students (I teach Culinary Arts at the high school level), I recommend the Bonnie Gordon College for students interested in pursuing a career in cake etc. decorating. The curriculum for a Culinary Arts College is much different than Bonnie’s tailored Confectionary Arts program. If you want a specialized education in improving your cake (cupcake, cookies, sugar flowers etc.) skills, the Bonnie Gordon School is the way to go.
In terms of the classroom spaces, there may not be mirrors or television screens hanging above the tables, but no amount of mirrors or screens will improve the teacher or subject matter. I found that we were all able to gather around observe the instructor, and it made for an intimate environment more conducive to communication and engagement/asking questions.

We are extremely fortunate to have a cake entrepreneur like Bonnie in the city of Toronto; she has built the school out a love for her craft, and so many people, including myself, have benefited from it.
Pam / May 3, 2011 at 11:33 pm
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Take this advice from me, I am professionally trained Pastry Chef. I have been working in the culinary industry for over 8 years and have seen it all. I went to GBC, Bonnie Gordon School and have worked in some of Toronto's top high end restaurants and bakeries.
Attending The Bonnie Gordon school has completely transformed my skills and has made me an artist. It's not just a school, it's a community of like minded individuals with similar goals. The free flowing creativity in the classes is amazing. The classes are small so the teacher to student ratio is great. I felt comfortable talking to the teachers and they all seemed happy to teach. This is completely different to GBC, where I was just a number in a class of 60 students watching demos in a huge auditorium, it's so impersonal.
I gained such confidence in my cake designs thanks to Bonnie Gordon and her team. I now work full time as a Cake Designer and love every minute of it. It was definitely one of the best things I have done for myself.
Aspiring pastry chefs and cake designers, save your money forget about GBC and go directly to Bonnie Gordon.
Fehintola / July 21, 2011 at 09:02 pm
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With all of these comments how is one properly advised of the true state of things?
Can anyone in the school please comment on the concerns expressed.
Kaila / August 11, 2011 at 05:24 pm
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I was shocked to read some of the negative comments about Bonnie Gordon College. I myself have taken the one-day cupcake workshop at the college and had a great experience! My teacher was Marisa, and she was great! My only complaint about my experience was that I wish I had more time. My friends and family were really impressed with what I was able to learn and make in only a few hours.

And to refute comparisons to other schools: Living four hours from Toronto, I attended university full time as a biochemistry student. I wanted to satisfy my love to bake, so I took a part-time continuing education course at my local college. I learned more in the 7 hour workshop at BGC than I did taking a 12 week, 60 hour course at my college. What I appreciate most about Bonnie Gordon College is its small class size and its refusal to cut corners. Yes, the classes are expensive, but well worth it, when you learn invaluable skills.

All this being said, I am excited to say, that I am putting my university degree on hold to go to Bonnie Gordon College full time, for four months to complete their new diploma program. My experience so far at BGC was so positive, hopefully it is a foreshadow of my four month experience with them. No one can refute the amazingly talented alumni that come from this school. I am so blessed that such an amazing school is available so close to home!
anonymous / September 1, 2011 at 06:04 pm
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My apologies this is off topic but has there been a review on a culinary arts program from a private school?
KC / September 3, 2011 at 10:02 pm
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I didn't go through all the comments, but am I the first one to notice that "Confectionery" is spelled wrong? But don't blame the writer. I went to the company website and they've spelled it "confectionary" everywhere! So sad, considering the owner must have taken loads of courses. Must be the web designer who is at fault, but Bonnie should have caught this right away!
Learning / November 7, 2011 at 11:14 am
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Hey KC, you are wrong as the word confectionary is spelled correctly.

con·fec·tion·ar·y
   [kuhn-fek-shuh-ner-ee] Show IPA noun, plural -ar·ies, adjective
noun
1.
a candy; sweetmeat.
2.
a place where confections are kept or made.
3.
confectionery (def. 3).
Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts / November 24, 2011 at 08:33 am
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Thank you for your feedback and comments! We would love to take the opportunity to tell you a bit more about the college.

Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts is a private career college offering professional programmes for those interested in pursuing a career in the confectionary arts. We also offer fully hands-on weekend & evening classes for baking and decorating enthusiasts. While Bonnie no longer teaches, she is the Dean of the college and works closely with our highly skilled instructors to develop our programmes. With the feedback we receive from our students, we continue to refine our curriculum to ensure that we’re providing the best student experience possible.

The success of our students is the greatest testament to the quality of our programmes. Please visit the student success stories section of our website to see what some of our grads have been up to since completing their programme at Bonnie Gordon College - http://www.bonniegordoncollege.com/w_student_success.aspx?

We invite you to come in for a tour or to call for more information about the college. Call today to register for one of our evening and weekend classes and mention our blogto listing. For any classes from now until March 31st, 2012 you’ll receive a 10% discount (this discount does not apply to our career programmes and is limited to one class per person).

Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts
www.bonniegordoncollege.com
416-440-0333
Marye Anne / December 7, 2011 at 07:11 pm
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I am taking my third class this weekend at the school and have been very pleased. I only wish it was closer to where I live. I had Micheal as an instructor and he is extremely knowledgeable and personable. Yes the cost is high but I do feel that I get the full value for the classes. I have taken classes at Niagara College in their continuing education program and they can are not even close to the quality that BG offers.
I would sign up for their career program in an instant if they weren't almost a 2.5 hr drive.
Anne / January 25, 2012 at 09:38 am
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I have taken a few courses at Bonnie Gordon and have been very pleased. I especially enjoyed my classes with Jenny Maw for Sugar Blossoms. Not only is she a very lovely person but she's also very talented. I learned so much from taking two of her classes. We left knowing how to make the flowers, put them together and dust them to make them look life life. I walked away wishing I could of stayed and continue to make flowers. We not only did we learn but the atmosphere was so relaxed that we were able to chat and laugh also. I received so many compliments on the flowers I made and it's all thanks to Jenny. I'm looking forward to taking another class with Jenny in Febuary. I highly recommend the classes with Jenny and the Bonnie Gordon School. Plus the administration team are wonderful to deal with.
shazma / January 26, 2012 at 05:08 am
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please if anybody can help me out! i applied to the college for confectionary program but i was not accepted. can any one tell me how do i get in and what does the school expects from a candidate, at was bases do they select students. i really want to get in
shazma replying to a comment from shazma / January 26, 2012 at 05:11 am
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please if anybody can help me out! i applied to the college for confectionary program but i was not accepted. can anyone tell me how do i get in and what doea the school expects from a candidate, at what bases do they select students. i really want to get in
Hilary replying to a comment from shazma / February 3, 2012 at 09:43 pm
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Shazma, just read the BGC admission requirements section on their website and/or the enrollment registration form. It's very simple to understand.

If you were not accepted you obviously didn't meet the admissions requirements. It really is that simple.

Stefani / February 15, 2012 at 11:17 am
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I took a Valentine's Day Chocolate Truffle/Ganache making course at Bonnie Gordon - which I won through a contest. It was a class for my boyfriend and I, and I had the most amazing time. The school was very clean, and my teacher Marisa was very prepared prior to our arrival. She had all of the ingredients set out, and everything was so organized. We each got a folder with recipes, and information on chocolate and how to properly temper it. I had no idea making truffles was this scientific, she thoroughly illustrated how to heat up the chocolate the precise way. Marisa was also very friendly as we had several conversations throughout the course. I had always wanted to attend BGC although I go to UofT and I do not have the time currently, upon winning the course I was SO happy. I am even more happy the next day after the class after having so many pictures to look at that we took, and 4 boxes of truffles, bonbons, and chocolate covered strawberries to take home with me. I would recommend this school to anyone who is very serious about baking and pastry or who wish to learn how to bake simple things in the correct manner.

I have read some negative comments on here about "snobby" staff, although I feel that is untrue. All of the ladies had proper baking etiquette, I felt like I was in Paris at a pastry school. Truly amazing! If you feel they are snobby you should go take a course at a less prestigious school.

Overall, I loved the school :) !!! So did my boyfriend :)
Jane / February 29, 2012 at 02:42 pm
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Need a 3 TIER wedding cake (black fruit cake) any idea how much it costs for a 6" & 9" & 12" covered with marzipan and fondant ?? decorated with red roses on top. Need pricing??
Teresa / May 29, 2012 at 10:29 pm
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I attended the course on Cupcake Couture just recently. I was not sure what to expect as this was the first class I had ever taken in Baking. I took the course to gain further knowledge on baking and decorating cupcakes. I learned so many interesting things from our very knowledgeable instructor Pam. She was clear, concise and an obvious fantastic Pastry Chef. I enjoyed the class thoroughly and I must say it unleashed the creativity I had in me that has set me off on a cupcake decorating frenzy. My friends and family are soooo impressed with my cupcakes. I just can't wait to whip up another batch! I especially love creating different flowers which we learned how to make. I was disappointed when the class came to an end because I was enjoying it so much.
Anyways, all in all a great learning experience and I look forward to attending another class in the near future.
Maria / November 30, 2012 at 01:21 pm
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The school is good, you really learn great techniques, but only in 1 day and its not enough. They only give super preference to the confectionary arts program, If you haven't finished all your work in class, you have to stop even if it's 30 minutes before the class ends, because you have to clean the room, If you're paying that kind of money, I think at least they should have people to do the cleaning, so the students are the cleaning ladies. Some teachers are a bit rude and give you the class as if they were making you a favor, specially in the figure modeling class..

At our last day of classes, they didn't even went to the classroom to tell us goodbye or anything.. me and my classmates all think the same.. except for Nadia, she's the best teacher in there..and Bonnie is nice too..
Grace / January 28, 2013 at 11:39 pm
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I haven't attend any classes in BGC yet, but I did spend a trip and had a tour there. I'm impressed by their cleaniness and the staff was very helpful.

However, on last Saturday, I decided to join their classes which will be held in the coming Thursday. One of the staff picked up the phone and promised me that someone will get back to me on that day. Ended up, I didn't hear anything. Then, I left messages on both Sunday and Monday. Still, no one called me back. I m quite frustrated and I'm not sure if that's the normal practice of BGC. I really don't want to spend another trip there before Thursday as I live far away from their school. Also, I've a high expectation from this school because of its price. Hopefully, everything will turn out smoothly.

I hope I could hear from them tomorrow.
Faiza / July 5, 2013 at 08:26 am
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Hi everyone, I'm planing to attend the Designer Cakes Certificate Program at this school. I' ll be so glade if I can share your experience. Most of the comment are dated from two years ago. I want to hear from someone who went through the experience recently . Thank you
Faiza / July 5, 2013 at 08:36 am
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Hi everyone, I'm planning to attend the Designer Cakes Certificate Program at this school. I'll be glade if you share with me your experience. Most of the comments are dated from two years ago and more. So I would like to hear from someone who attended the school recently. Thank you
MaryAnne replying to a comment from Maria / October 18, 2013 at 08:42 pm
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LOL you would probably need to clean up after yourself in any culinary class
MaryAnne / October 18, 2013 at 10:57 pm
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I can't believe the rude comments I have read!
Rude teachers??? I finished my DCCP course today and was so very sad to see it end. The instructors at Bonnie Gordon showed me so many "tricks of the trade" and I will be forever greatful for my experience!
If I had a question or needed help, the instructor was ALWAYS there. In my opinion, the instructors demonstrated a decorating technique then let us work on our own (which I appreciated) but if I was having difficulties, I could always call on them and they invested whatever time I needed (which I took advantage of...LOL)
If you take a few minutes to check out the teachers/staff and their work/websites you would have no question as to where you want to go to learn this unique craft.
If you love cake design and want your cake career to excel, Bonnie Gordon College is the place to gain the knowledge and standards that are sought after by consumers.
Happy caking!
Mary-Anne
Tobi / October 28, 2013 at 09:47 am
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Hi there! As a recent graduate of the Designer Cakes Certificate Program, I would like to add my thoughts. I attended the college at their sparkling new location at 670 Caledoinia Rd which was very spacious and professional. One of the things that convinced me to take the plunge and enrol was their ability to teach students from various experience levels to achieve professional and creative results. I loved that all the classes different levels to them. First you learn a skill or technique, then you learn to perfect that skill or techinique, and if you have perfected it, then you are encouraged to tweak it and to use in new innovative ways in your own designs. Not only did this course give me the opportunity to experiment with cake design, but it also was the perfect setting to discover my own unique design aesthetic. Another side to the Designer Cakes Certificate that was very beneficial to me was the information about starting your own business, from the numbers to how to fulfil client requests.

Following the completion of my program, I became a Teachers' Assistant at the school, and this prepared me even more for my following endeavours. It helped me become more confident in the knowledge and skills that I obtained. Since attending and working at the school, I have started my own custom cake business, and will be opening my shop next week! I could not have done it without the continual support from the teachers and staff at Bonnie Gordon College. I highly recommend the college if you are looking to further your career in baking and designing cakes!
Gloria C / November 11, 2013 at 05:42 pm
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Studying at Bonnie Gordon College was one of the most amazing experiences in my life! When I met the school at the Canada's Baking and Sweets Show in 2012, I found out how one beautiful cake could be made of sugar art. I was amazed! So, I decided to follow my dream to become a Cakes Designer at Bonnie Gordon College.
The most amazing part was that everything that I dreamed became true. Every day I learned something new and beautiful. I took the full time program and it really was full time. From Monday to Friday every week I finished exhausted of hard working, and that's what I loved the most. The compromise of the school is also to teach you how to succeed in your business and the program is designed to help you on that. But for me is something as simple as that once you enter the school you feel the magic there, and that's what inspires every student that choose to follow this path in the fantastic word of the sugar art.
BGC also gave me the opportunity to become a teacher's assistant after the completion of my program, and it prepared me to be more confident with all the tasks one can encounter in real life.
Now, I'm thinking about opening my own business!! That's what Bonnie Gordon has inspired me to do. I was blessed meeting her. I strongly recommend BGC!
Suzanne / December 2, 2013 at 01:49 pm
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I travelled from Ireland to do the Diploma in Confectionery Arts. I spent 4 months baking, caking and decorating everyday. It was the best decision I've ever made. THere is such a huge difference in my work now. It has improved so much. I not only gained skills and knowledge, but also the confidence to start a business, which, one year in is going very well. I have won awards for my cakes and hope for continued success. I recommend Bonnie Gordon College very highly and would love to go back to visit someday.
Huimin Yao / December 22, 2013 at 09:37 pm
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Bonnie Gordon College is the best college for learning confectionary arts. I started at the college as a student of the Designer Cakes Certificate Programme. Because of the high quality teaching method, I decided to continue my Bakery Essentials Programme. The teachers there are so nice and professional. They are also very patient to give me instructions. I learned how to make a cake from the scratch, and now become professional in confectionary arts, including cake designs, bakery, chocolates. I strongly recommend this college as the best college to learn about confectionary arts.
Michelle / April 9, 2014 at 11:26 pm
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I attended the course during August-October 2013 for the Full Time Designer Cakes Programme.
Coming from England and doing cake on a part time basis, this programme gave me the confidence to know i can do what i love doing best. I'd been decorating cakes for a few years in England and attended many courses to learn as much as possible but that was over a long period. Attending Bonnie Gordon, you will learn things quickly, and properly and learn many tricks you can't easily find by reading a book.
You literally gain hands on experience to know you are taught by excellent staff who know what they are doing. I never had a bad experience there and felt comfortable to approach all members of staff. If you want to learn and walk away with confidence and experience then this is the place for you!
Muriel Kramer / June 8, 2014 at 09:31 am
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My daughter and I took a bread baking class yesterday. We learned a great deal of theory and we made four different types of breads. They were all delicious and we also had a lot of fun. Our teacher Amanda was very knowledgeable and very helpful. My daughter and I were amazed by the things we didn't know even though we'd baked bread before. The facilities are state-of-the -art and very clean. We were very impressed. I was concerned about the negative reviews I'd read before signing up for the course. I asked our instructor Amanda for her explanation of the reviews because I was dumfounded since our experience was fantastic. She told me that the reviews are old, and not only are all the instructors different, but the school is in a new building. I highly recommend this school.

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