The Rouxbe Cooking School Welcomes Chef Fran Costigan as Director of Vegan Baking & Pastry

by · March 28, 2016

Fran Costigan, renowned vegan pastry chef, cookbook author and educator joins the Rouxbe Cooking School to develop and teach the world’s first 100% plant-based pastry arts program online.

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Building on the success and increased interest in plant-based instruction, the Rouxbe Cooking School is building the first ever plant-based pastry arts program online. In it’s continuing effort to attract the very best talent, Chef Fran Costigan, an award-winning pastry chef, cookbook author and educator was selected to serve as Rouxbe’s Director of Vegan Baking & Pastry Arts to help lead the development of new instructional content.

Costigan brings over 25 years of experience and leadership to this effort being the one of the world’s top vegan baking experts. She has served as the go-to culinary professional to train conventional pastry chefs and passionate home cooks alike in this subject area.

Since she started teaching her popular Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive®, she has helped train hundreds of people who have in turn, successfully helped dispel the notion that world-class baking and pastry depends on eggs and dairy to be delicious. This new pastry arts program will cover the essentials of vegan baking and pastry techniques—tested and proven formulas and approaches to making quality pastry products that stand up to any dessert, anywhere.

“When I first saw Rouxbe, I knew it was going to be a big part of the future of how people learn to cook. Rouxbe’s premium platform and approach to instructional content is the best I have ever seen. After 25 years of teaching vegan pastry arts classes in prestigious brick and mortar culinary schools, I am thrilled about my new role with Rouxbe so that I can help thousands by leveraging the Internet and Rouxbe’s global platform. Now passionate students everywhere, and at any level, will have the opportunity to learn to make modern, irresistible vegan desserts at the highest standard of training,” remarked Costigan.

Initially, Rouxbe will work with Costigan to capture and deliver an engaging online version of her continually sold-out Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive®. The goal is to reach thousands, not hundreds of home cooks and pastry professionals that want to expand their expertise in this area. Limited seating will be offered for the first course offering, coming this summer. If you’d like to be notified in advance of this course, please sign-up below.

This initial course will be followed by more in-depth vegan baking and pastry modules with the longer-term goal of offering a full Professional Vegan Baking and Pastry Arts Certification Course.

“We are humbled to have Fran agree to join our team. For years we have been asked by our users to bring baking and pastry into our educational fold. With Fran joining our team, we can now move forward on this initiative and help thousands develop their baking and pastry craft,” said Joe Girard, CEO Rouxbe.

Along with brand new baking and pastry technique content, students can also expect to see some classic recipes and variations for special needs diets such as no oil and gluten free baking.

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About Rouxbe
Founded in 2005, Rouxbe (pronounced “ROO-bee”) is the world’s leading online cooking school for cooks of all levels (home or professional). Rouxbe deliver technique instruction and training to over 170,000 home cooks, culinary students, professional cooks and healthcare professionals in over 180 countries, in multiple languages.


Discussion11 Comments

  1. Mary Platis says:

    I finished the plant-based program this year. I requested a long-awaited pastry program, and I’m thrilled to hear the good news.
    Best of Luck,

  2. Lynda Tam says:

    Best news ever! As a grad of the plant-based course, I would love to take this. Hope it is coming soon!

  3. Jane Plass says:

    Great news! I’ve wanted to take the in-person Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive, but it’s never been feasible for me, so I’m really looking forward to this. I’m currently enrolled in the Culinary Rx course and learning a lot.

  4. Fiona Zebedee says:

    I requested. more in depth course on Vegan Patisserie having completed Plant Based Pro and Culinary Rx last year – can’t wait for this! 💗 Any news on Time Frame?

    • Fran says:

      Hi! I’m excited about the prospect of seein you in class and working with you! The start date is not yet set but we are moving to this program online. Sign up here for updates and an opportunity to get into the inaugural class.
      Stay tuned!! Watch for photo updates on my blog.

  5. Deborah says:

    Currently taking the Professional Plant Based Certification course. Looking forward to taking your course.

  6. Giselle says:

    Fabulous! So excited…exactly what I wished for!

  7. Sara says:

    Great news as a keen baker have been waiting for this.

  8. Benita Gibbs says:

    This is wonderful! I’ve recently completed the Culinary Rx course and am starting the Plant Based Pro course in August. I worked as a “Vegan Baker/Vegetable Engineer” in a Vegan Prep kitchen for almost two years and am always looking for ways to improve. Love your books and can’t wait to take your course!

  9. Meg Raines says:

    Hi Fran, I am interested in the in-depth modules, should I skip the first course offering, or will the in depth course be a continuation (versus repeat content)?
    Thank you! Can’t wait!

  10. Cynthia Padilla says:

    I am taking the plant based course right now. This is on my wish/wants list!!!

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