Pastry chefs work at restaurants, bakeries, cafes, catering companies, and other food establishments, and are responsible for creating pastries which are both attractive and tasty. In some jobs, they may also devise new recipes, so it's important to pay attention to trends and what consumers prefer while brainstorming unique and innovative ideas.
It is important to adhere to sanitation rules at all times in this position, and to keep the work area clean and organized. Pastry chefs are occasionally responsible for purchasing materials to create the pastries, so it's important to be able to choose the best ingredients and equipment while keeping costs low. They may also be responsible for taking inventory to ensure that stock levels are maintained. This job often involves repetitive motions and standing for long periods of time, and in some positions the pastry chef may also be involved in customer service and cashiering.
Some positions may require pastry chefs to create food other than pastries and even hold managerial responsibilities, as there may be assistants who participate in the pastry-creation process. Some employers require their pastry chefs to have graduated from a culinary school and obtained either an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. Prior to being hired, a demonstration of skill may also be necessary.
Pastry Chef Tasks
Determine preparation and cooking production schedule for pastries and baked goods
Decide dessert menu, including dessert wines, specialty beverages, and cheese platters.
Bake, assemble and decorate pastries.
Research, develop and test new recipes.