A pastry chef is a professional who specializes in the creation of baked goods and desserts. Their job requires them to have an extensive knowledge of baking techniques, ingredients, and equipment. They are responsible for creating recipes, preparing ingredients, assembling components into finished products such as cakes or pies, and decorating final items with frosting or other toppings. Pastry chefs must also be able to follow established recipes precisely while making adaptations as needed; they often create original creations based on customer requests or preferences. In addition to their baking duties, pastry chefs may be required to maintain records related to food costs and inventory levels; order supplies; oversee sanitation practices; train staff members in proper baking techniques; keep up with trends in the industry; and interact with customers when necessary.
Steps for how to get into the field. Work your way to PASTRY CHEF or a job like it:
There are a variety of different training programs. The shortest are certificate programs completed less than a year, next are associate degrees in culinary arts and the longest being 4 year bachelor programs. All of these programs require a GED or high school diploma.
Everyone knows how to eat but building a career in cooking or baking takes practice. Whether you have formal training or not, practicing on your own, working in a restaurant and or working under an experienced chef is important.
You likely will need to work your way through many different roles in the kitchen to gain the experience needed to advance to ones that allow you to use your creativity.
There are many different environments for chef’s to work in, hotels, restaurants, catering, cafe’s. There are different skills to be learned from each, some of which extend beyond cooking to the business side of the trade.
"Want the scoop on being an Ice Cream Maker (pun intended). In this video, learn how failing is not only good, but essential to your growth. This Pastry Chef shares about the good, the bad and the ugly."