are professional baking classes useful for home bakers?
I am trying to figure out if taking professional baking courses will be useful for me. I have been dreaming about formal training for a while now, and have an opportunity to take classes in the Certificate in Pastry Arts program at Newbury College in Boston. I am currently a stay at home mom, but also have a good profession and am not intending to work in the food industry. My son has a severe food allergy and I am motivated to become an excellent baker so I can bake for him, but it is also something I enjoy doing anyway, so getting comprehensive professional training appeals to me, as does being able to consistently make amazing desserts for parties that I like to give. My husband believes that professional training will prepare me to work in a commercial environment, but will not contribute much to my ability to bake at home. I believe that professional training is an overkill for my goals, but that I will find it useful and enjoyable. In addition, I was not able to find comprehensive courses for home bakers in my area (King Arthur is too far and ends up being super expensive when traveling and babysitting expenses are taken into consideration). I wonder if those of you who have had professional training could weigh in with your experience and opinion on this before I spend the time and the money.
Thank you so much in advance,