Pastry Chef

What is a Pastry Chef?

Pastry Chefs are in demand!

Here’s a finger-licking, sweet job for you!  If you have a passion for food, particularly pastries, desserts, breads and other baked goods, then becoming a Pastry Chef may be the job for you.

They are usually employed in large hotels, in upmarket restaurants and in bakeries.

Some Pastry Chefs work on cruise liners – so, this job, could take you to interesting places around the world!

A Pastry Chef can also be called a confectioner.  Some Pastry Chefs may even consider doing extra training so that they can become chocolatiers as well.

The more training you have, the more employable you will become.

What does a Pastry Chef do?

  • meeting and discussing details and plans with the head chef
  • planning the menus
  • designing, making and tasting new dishes
  • keeping stock and ordering stock
  • preparing the menu dishes, baking breads and making desserts etc
  • researching in cookery books and magazines to get inspired
  • constantly upgrading training and experience

Are you … ?

  • crazy about food and working with food?
  • creative?
  • a person with a strong personality?
  • a person who has a taste for flavours?
  • organised?
  • a good communicator?
  • good with your hands?
  • detail orientated?
  • a person who takes pride in their work?
  • able to work under extreme stress?
  • a team player

How do I become a Pastry Chef?

There are different options to take:

Education and Training Colleges (FET) may offer programmes for specific Trade or Skills: eg. Pastry Chef.

Visit the Career Planet Training Institutions page to find your nearest FET College.

For example: 

  • ORBIT FET COLLEGE:

http://www.orbitcollege.co.za/

 

Private institutions:

  • PRUE LEITH:

http://www.prueleith.co.za/article/pastry-chef-courses/#.UFBKViJ4O_0

  • CAPSICUM CULINARY SCHOOL:

Offers day courses, part-time and a full time Diplomas in Patisserie
http://www.capsicumcooking.com/courses.htm

  • FBI CHEF SCHOOL & PATISSERIE ACADEMY:

Offers a 6 month Diploma in Patisserie and a 1 year Advanced Diploma in Patisserie
http://www.fbichefschool.co.za/full-time-courses/

  • SOUTH AFRICAN CHEFS ASSOCIATION:

http://www.saca.co.za/

 

OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Chef and Caterer  

Is becoming a Pastry Chef the right career choice for me?

See below for more info.

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