What's it like to be a Pastry Chef?
Pastry Chefs are skilled in the art of preparing and making pastries and baked goods, which may include desserts, bread, cakes and viennoiseries. They are required to have knowledge of various pastry techniques, an eye for detail, and creativity.
Pastry Chefs may be employed in commercial kitchens as the Chef de Partie (Station Chef) of the pastry department, or in patisseries, bakeries and cafes. Pastry Chefs may also be self-employed.
Pastry Chefs may be required to work early hours or night shifts, depending on their place of employment.
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How to become a Pastry Chef
- Complete a Certificate III in Patisserie (SIT31016) and look for a commercial kitchen, restaurant, hotel or café where you’d like to complete your apprenticeship.
- Develop an understanding the scientific principles behind baking, different preparation techniques and food safety.
- Gain experience in the industry and pursue opportunities to work as a Head Pastry Chef.
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