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How do you become a pastry chef?

A pastry chef is both an artisan and an artist in the true sense of the word. With a creative side and a sense of precision, a pastry chef makes all sorts of entremets, freshly baked pastries and confectionery. Whether in a pastry boutique or a restaurant, his creations are a sheer delight to the eye and the palate.

Pastry chef : career and specialization

Having learnt the basics of the trade at a culinary school, a pastry chef often begins his career as an apprentice or intern. He then begins working in a team, before becoming a team leader or opening his own pastry boutique, becoming a sole trader. In a restaurant, a pastry chef can work in a management role such as “chef de partie”. After several years of experience, the pastry chef can hope to become an executive level chef and see their responsibilities expand both on the culinary and managerial aspects.

More than just a cake master, he can also specialize in other types of sweet foods such as chocolate/confectionery or ice cream.

A pastry chef can also work abroad. French pastry’s reputation precedes it and a pastry chef’s expertise is acclaimed the world over.

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Pastry Chef and macaroons

The job of a pastry chef

A pastry chef makes cakes, confectionery, freshly baked pastries, chocolates and petits fours.

As an artisan, a pastry chef makes both French pastry classics and original recipes that are his own secret recipe. An artist, in the true sense of the word, he must take great care in order to create an array of products which are as appealing to the eye as to the palate.

A pastry chef in charge of his own boutique also has to manage stock control, orders and inventories and has very good people skills to be able to give advice to his customers.

Pastry: where art and precision meet

Mindful of the importance of the quality of what he has to offer to his customers, the pastry chef takes great care over the aesthetics of his desserts. Decoration is an extremely important factor in pastry making and this is why creativity and technicality must be combined in order to create something which is original and has been perfectly executed. .

A pastry chef must, of course, create something which is visually pleasing but must not forget that taste is just as important. Therefore, his dessert recipes must be followed with precision and exactitude to achieve optimum and, more importantly, identical results every day.

Equipped with an exceptional sense of taste, he must know how to marry flavors and textures to constantly innovate and create original pastries.

Pastry Chef decorating pastries

The qualities needed to become a pastry chef

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Working conditions of a pastry chef

  • Good physical fitness: A pastry Chef is on his feet all day
  • Working hours: A pastry Chef’s working day begins very early in order to have freshly baked pastries available for their customers as soon as the boutique or restaurant opens.

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  • le-cordon-bleu-paris-ecole-art-culinaire-ancien-etudiant-david-laor
    The time I spent studying at Le Cordon Bleu exceeded all my expectations. I was taught by the best Chefs, working with the best possible raw materials and experiencing life in Paris, the world’s pastry capital.
    David Laor, Pastry Diploma Alumni
  • ozgegultekin
    My internship at Pierre Herme was an amazing experience for me. I sharpened the skills that I developed at the school during the 2 months I spent there. I worked in every department, from base production to dessert dressing and I also had the chance to meet and work with very strong and capable chefs.
    Ozge Gultekin, Pastry Diploma alumna

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Last page update in August 2023.