A baker spends the day creating various baked goods for their establishment, perhaps including artisan breads, specialty desserts, or simple dinner rolls. Bakers usually either work shifts in the morning or evening; they may also work from morning to night, which is especially true of a baker who owns their own bakery. A baker can work in a variety of settings, including a bakery, a restaurant, or another food service establishment. Some bakers own their own bakeries, and some work under the owner of their establishment.
In order to become a baker, training in the culinary arts may be required depending on the establishment. Perhaps more important than formal training is know-how and talent. If a baker also owns the bakery, he or she will not report to anyone; a baker working at a restaurant or a shop will report to the manager of the establishment. A baker must be able to tolerate fairly warm temperatures, as most of the day will be spent near an oven. They also must be comfortable with staying on their feet all day and able to pay close attention to the progress of their baked goods.
- Oversee baking production and test quality level.
- Apply glazes, icings, and toppings to baked goods.
- Measure, blend, mold, store, and prepare baked goods according to recipe, quality, and presentation standards.