The Online Pastry School

Online courses


Aspiring Pastry Chefs

The Online Pastry School

Making professional cooking skills accessible to everyone

What is The Online Pastry School?

When I was 16 I had the privilege of studying under a great pastry chef and six other chef mentors after him. The mornings would consist of shaping brioche and learning first hand the right process for each recipe, watching and copying each step.

However there was a problem.

There was no one else around to hear it, so those skills are reserved for only a select few devoted students who make it into these kitchens and work for years, most of the time for free in order to benefit from the teachings.

This is where The Online Pastry School comes in. Our vision is to create a library of videos, recipes and knowledge so that anyone can have access to the secrets of Michelin starred kitchens on demand.

We invite guest chefs into our kitchen to share their knowledge with you in easily digestible videos just as if you where standing next to them.

This allows you to pick up decades of learning in a fraction of the time.

Who is The Online Pastry School for?

The Online Pastry School is for anyone in the world with a passion for pastry and baking

For home bakers we have a library of basic bakes videos including quick home desserts, cakes, tray bakes and easy homemade breads

For chefs and students we also have over 40 professional dessert recipes and videos. These include recipes from Michelin starred restaurants and top bakeries.

There is also a Theory base with everything you need to know about ingredients, techniques and molecular gastronomy products.

Sign up today to get access to everything for just £4.99 per month!



Taster Lesson

Check out this video for an example of our online patisserie courses.

Our video lessons come with full written recipes and step by step instructions on how to create beautiful desserts.

We update our written recipes every month too, with new dishes and garnishes to take your desserts to the next level. Membership also includes access to our knowledge base with the theory behind techniques, MSK products and ingredients.

— Meet your instructor —

Ben Mariner

Ben Mariner is the owner and plated desserts coach at The Online Pastry School.

His Career started at age 13 working at a number of restaurants and boutique hotels in Dorset before earning a full scholarship with The Royal Academy of Culinary arts at just age 16.

After training with the Royal Academy he was sent to one of London’s iconic five star Hotels, The Goring. It was here that Ben’s career started to take shape. After five years at the hotel he progressed to Pastry Chef de Partie, along the way taking part in the preparations for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011. This was followed by the honour of cooking for HRH Queen Elizabeth and members of numerous royal families from all corners of the world. T he icing on the cake came in 2013 when the restaurant won its first ever Michelin star since its opening in 1910.

After leaving the Goring in December 2015, Ben travelled to Melbourne, Australia to take on the role of research and development chef for celebrity chef and Master chef Australia judge, Darren Purchase.

During his time in Melbourne, Ben produced cakes and patisserie for the Melbourne based pastry shop as well as the products used for the opening titles of Master chef Australia, the VIP lounge at Formula One grand prix, the Australian open and the Melbourne cup.

Two years later Ben was head hunted for a return to London, now working part time as head pastry chef and running the Online Pastry School with help from a fantastic team of six.


An amazing resource for aspiring and experienced pastry chefs. Ben’s recipes provide fresh ideas and the knowledge base teaches the theory that they failed to teach you in culinary school.

Michelea Wadey


Brilliant courses with some amazing desserts. I am so pleased with myself, because I actually made the Apple Mousse and it tasted delicious. Looking forward to creating the Contemporary Apple Crumble, Walnut & Apple Blossom cake… Yummy!

Karen Patterson

CEO - Mix and Blend Catering

Really enjoying the members area, the weekly prompts have kept me on track when i’ve been slacking!! An amazing resource run by a very knowledgeable team who make everything look easy and lead to great results. Couldn’t recommend more!

Kate Rothwell