The pastry chef job revolves around baking that is an extremely difficult task as the ingredients have to be in exact portion. Hence, there are expert like the pastry chef, to look after all the baking responsibilities in the kitchen of a restaurant. Basically the pastry chef has an expertise in making desserts as the process takes a lot of time and so there are chef assigned specially to this task. Depending on the workload the pastry chef can also have an assistant;they bake and also make all the desserts on the menu.
The pastry chefhas the responsible for preparing and presenting the cake in a beautiful manner. They are responsible to prepare each pastry order in that it looks pleasing to the eyes and is good to taste, they have a separate workstation, and they also have to keep a close eye on the stock and inform the kitchen manager in advance about the depleting stocks.
Experienced pastry chefs are in high demand and the industry is also developing and there are quiet higher availabilities in the field for the pastry chefs the following are some of the several career options
- Fine Baker who bakes cakes for various special occasions like wedding cakes, sculpted desserts, and sweet baked creations.
- Dessert Specialist who create new and innovating new flavours and displays the desert in an appealing way they work in restaurants, and have knowledge of sweet, dessert wines is helpful for pairings with appropriate dishes.
- A chocolatier needs to go through additional training to understand the delicate complexities of this desert that is the most complex most innovative and is the oldest desserts. A chocolatier may own a specialty chocolate shop or create desserts for a fine restaurant.
Duties and responsibilities of a pastry chef are basically to take charge of all the baking duties in the kitchen of the restaurant. They work to design the dessert menu of the restaurant along with the head chef and should work to provide variety to the customers. They have to train new chefs that are hired by the management; the pastry chef has a different work station and is responsible to look after the cleanliness and the safety of their station
Education required : by a pastry chef is a degree from culinary school and specialization in pastries along with certificate courses in presenting and designing of dishes are helpful.
Generally experienced chefs are offered a higher salary but on an average they get a salary ranging between $55,000- $75,000.