Luminita Cirstea

Associate Instructor,  College of Food Innovation & Technology

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There is not one person who cannot shape a loaf of bread. It’s in our DNA.”


Before joining the International Baking & Pastry Institute at Johnson & Wales University, Luminita Cirstea was a telecommunication technician in Sibiu, a medieval town in Transylvania, Romania.

Cirstea had dreams of working in the food industry, but her parents, a history teacher and a landscape designer, had greater expectations for their only daughter. For a while, she pursued her parents’ dreams while putting her own on hold.

After her arrival to the United States, Cirstea enrolled in the School of Culinary Arts at Kendall College in Chicago, Illinois, where she received her degree in Baking and Pastry. Discovering her passion for breads, she continued her education at the San Francisco Baking Institute and the French Pastry School in Chicago.

Cirstea's career accelerated from there, working with and for very talented chefs and amazing bakers in Europe and United States.

As a teacher, she tries to foster a nurturing relationship with her students by providing enough soil, water and sunshine for ideas to root and for her students to blossom. Watching them grow and being successful is a life-changing story that must be told.

Areas of Expertise

  • Food Service Management
  • Baking and Pastry


  • Bread Lines, “Kurtos Kolacs,” 2017. Author: Luminita Cirstea
  • Pastry & Baking North America, “How Carrot is Spelt,” 2016. Author: Luminita Cirstea

Professional Certifications

  • Bread Bakers Guild of America, Certified Artisan Bread Baker
  • Retail Bakers of America, Certified Master Baker

Honors & Awards

  • Johnson & Wales University, Dean’s Award (2016)
  • Bronze Medal, Regional Pastry Chef of the Year (2016)
  • Johnson & Wales University, Teacher of the Year (2015)
  • Wallrath Award, Johnson & Wales University (2014)
  • New York Food and Wine Festival, 1st Prize Bread Showpiece (2014)
  • New York Food and Wine Festival, 1st Prize Bread Showpiece (2013)
  • New York Food and Wine Festival, 1st Prize Bread Showpiece (2012)
  • California Raisin Bread Board, Idea Prize Winner (2009)
  • Grand Prize Award, California Raisins Bread Board (2008)