Chef Janet Shaffer

Part-Time Faculty

(425) 739-8304


Janet Shaffer Chef Janet Shaffer
Janet Shaffer teaches a variety of curriculum for the Baking Arts program. From 2000 until present she has developed curriculum and served student's diverse needs. Before coming to Lake Washington Institute of Thechnology, she had experience in early childhood education, delicatessens, bakery, candy and cake production, and office and retail diamond sales. She has performed catering and banquet service and research and development. She has edited textbooks for the Wiley Company, has taught contract training with the U.S. Navy and prepared food for the Governor's Inaugural Ball in 2005.

Her teaching focuses on baking fundamentals with emphasis on quality production and employability. Baking students have won many first place awards. Janet and one of her students have been published in a national cake decorating magazine. Janet herself has won multiple silver and bronze medals from the American Culinary Federation. Many First places and best in the professional division in the Washington State Sugar Artist shows. She was awarded the Bertha Wright Biscuit Award and many firsts at the Evergreen State Fair.

Janet participates as an annual judge for the Bite of Seattle. She has earned the Certified Working Pastry Chef certifications from the American Culinary Federation and serves as the secretary for the Washington State Chefs Association. As a proctor for the King County Health Department she gives food handler testing and is a proctor for the National Restaurant Association. She is a charter member of the North West Chocolatiers Guild and networks with I.C.E.S. cake clubs.

Janet's students have been employed at Mike's Amazing Cakes, MGM Hotel Joel Robuchon in Las Vegas, Sofitel Hotel Chicago, Whole Foods, Cookies by Design, Hoffman's Bakery in Kirkland, House of Bread, Cobs Bread, Sweet Caroline's in Kirkland, Skagit Valley Casino, Honey Bear Bakery, Snohomish Bakery, Tallant House, In store bakeries, Costa Rica, Kihachi in Hiroshima Japan and Cruise lines.


Bachelors of Arts, Culinary Management, Art Institute 2006-present.
Associates of Science, Culinary Arts, Phi Theta Kappa Society, 2000.

Courses Taught

Serv Safe, Intro to Baking, Cake 1 & 2, Artisan chocolate and confections, Artisan Bread, Centerpiece Design, Human Resources Management, Purchasing, and Cost Controls.