If you enjoy everything about pastry making from the careful kneading and elaborate layering, to the variety of different fillings and decorations then becoming a dessert and pastry chef could well be the career for you. If you want to turn your passion into a career, this is what you need to do to become a dessert and pastry chef in Australia.
If you enjoy making desserts that taste wonderful and are just as beautiful, you may enjoy being a dessert and pastry chef. A position as a dessert and pastry chef can be interesting, challenging, creative and complex. You will be required to create a range of spectacular bread, pastries and desserts. Artistic presentation is key when it comes to food, and dessert is always considered to be the most beautiful out of all dishes. People want food that is a feast for their eyes as well as their tastebuds.
A dessert and pastry chef has the ability to prepare baked goods and speciality pastries such as gateaux, mousses and many other desserts with classical and international flair. They should also demonstrate creativity in the preparation of sweets and other elaborate showpieces that incorporate chocolate moulding and sculpting, icing creations and sugar decorations.
A dessert and pastry chef usually start their day before the sun comes up as they are busy preparing the baked treats ready in time for breakfast. They will usually begin their day by creating or selecting a recipe and then they prepare and mix together the required ingredients before creating and baking the final baked goods.
In recent years there has been a steady increase in the number of franchised bakeries opening, providing many employment opportunities for an aspiring dessert and pastry chef. There are also self-employment opportunities for both bakers and dessert and pastry chefs.
Dessert and pastry chefs work in a range of kitchen and culinary environments including small and large restaurants, hotels, resorts and even as a personal chef. When you are looking for a job as a dessert and pastry chef keep in mind all jobs will require different levels of experience.
When working as a dessert and pastry chef you will be required to make bread, cakes and pastries. It is also the responsibility of the dessert and pastry chef to check all equipment meets health and safety regulations and checking the quality of the ingredients being used. Other tasks aside from baking include ordering baking supplies from wholesalers and also serving customers.
Many dessert and pastry chefs work in small retail bakeries or big wholesale suppliers of baked goods. They also work at ‘in-house’ bakeries in supermarkets, food store chains, hotels and restaurants. Some dessert and pastry chefs may also own and work in their own bakery shop.
The starting salary for qualified dessert and pastry chef is on average $33,869, experienced pastry chefs make upwards of $50,000. Self-employed bakers and pastry chefs can expect to earn much more than this.
There are several different educational opportunities for you to choose from if you want to become a dessert and pastry chef. One of the best ways to become a dessert and pastry chef is to complete a TAFE apprenticeship. These courses are excellent since you can study, get qualified as you work and even earn some extra money!
It is also a great opportunity to gain experience working in a restaurant or patisserie to get a feel of how the industry functions. Although this is a great opportunity to learn, it is also a great time to assess whether this is the career for you.