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Pastry Chef

Specialise in making pastries, baked goods and desserts using a variety of techniques.
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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.

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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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There are no required qualifications to become a Pastry Chef, but it’s common for Pastry Chefs to complete an apprenticeship and gain a vocational qualification such as a Certificate III in Patisserie (SIT31016).

  1. 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.
  2. Develop an understanding the scientific principles behind baking, different preparation techniques and food safety.
  3. Gain experience in the industry and pursue opportunities to work as a Head Pastry Chef.

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Certificate III in Patisserie

This qualification provides the skills needed to produce patisserie products and prepare for a role as a pastry chef.

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Certificate III in Hospitality

This certificate prepares you for a career in the hospitality industry and for roles in restaurants, hotels and cafes.
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Bachelor of Science

Develop broad skills in science to prepare for opportunities in a range of industries with this qualification.

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Latest Pastry Chef reviews

Latest reviews from 37 Pastry Chefs surveyed on SEEK
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Oct 2018
Being a senior pastry chef is the best job in the world
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Health Science
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Restaurant senior pastry chef
The good things
Being a chef is not something you do for money. It is something that you do if you love the industry because it has more negative aspects to it than positive like long hours, a lot of overtime, the en...
The challenges
A lot of research is involved that goes unnoticed and a lot of people assume you’re not doing anything.
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Oct 2018
Pastry cooking is incredibly stressful but also let’s you be creative and gives you a sense of accomplishment I haven’t found in any other job
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Arts
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Pastry chef
The good things
It allows me to be creative and gives me a sense of accomplishment
The challenges
Overtime is expected 90% of the time. It is rare you will ever finish on time. It is highly stressful trying to balance all the tasks that need to be completed in a day and most of the time you won’t ...
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