Frances Burnett

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After my career working as a pastry chef/baker with hotel chains, retail bakeries and grocery stores, I changed my career to teaching.“


After her career as a pastry chef/baker with hotel chains, retail bakeries and grocery stores, Frances Burnett changed her career to teaching. She has taught at JWUs Charlotte Campus since 1993.

Courses include Advanced Cake Decorating; Introduction to Cake Decorating; Contemporary Dessert Plating; Breads and Rolls; French Classical Tortes and Pastries; Marzipan, Chocolates, and Petit Fours; Introduction to Baking & Pastry (Culinary; Advanced Applications in Plated Desserts (Culinary); Food Safety and Sanitation Management; Food and Beverage Cost Control; and Introduction to Menu Planning and Cost Controls.

In addition, Burnett is a member of the American Culinary Federation (ACF), Retail Bakers Association (RBA), American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) and the International Food Safety Council.

She is a Certified Master Baker, a Certified ACF Executive Pasty Chef with the ACF, a Certified Food Safety Instructor/Proctor with the Educational Foundation of the National Restaurant Association (NRA) and an AHLEI Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE). She also serves as a site facilitator for certifications and evaluator/judge with the RBA.

Previously, Burnett served as JWU Charlotte’s food safety and sanitation officer liaison and chair of the Food Safety & Sanitation Committee.

Areas of Expertise

  • Hospitality
  • Food safety
  • Pastry arts
  • Cake decorating
  • Plated desserts


  • Retail Bakers Association, Certified Master Baker
  • ACF Certified Executive Pastry Chef
  • American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AH&LEI), Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE)
  • National Registry Food Safety Professionals, Administrator & Food Safety Manager