Mix the art of culinary and your passion for exotic food, the combination you get is a pastry/desert chef which is the it in market these days. People are ready to spend insanely trying new stuff to satiate their sweet tooth. A career as pastry chef especially in Australia is highly rewarding as it gives you the continuous chance to improve upon your skills every day and also you get to enter one of the fastest growing sectors i.e. hospitality.
As a pastry chef you can choose to work for small bakeries or even for big companies who have large scale orders. You can also choose to work for entities like supermarkets that have their own “in-house bakeries”. Also you have the option to open your own bakery shop and go for an entrepreneurial outlook. The starting salary of a well-qualified and talented dessert and pastry chef can be around $33,869 (average salary). More experienced chefs can go on making even more around $50,000. If you are self-employed then you are the boss of your work and if the right amount of dedication and hard work you can earn much more than this.
Training and Education:
There are different types of courses available to you for making a career in dessert and pastry chef but a pre-requisite is definitely the interest in this field and will to work in food. You can go by the way of TAFE apprenticeship and get qualified. These courses equip you with the understanding for food and taste. Also you learn to experiment and create new things which is absolutely essential to go up in the career ladder.
Many students do training in restaurants working under famous and experienced chef so as to understand what they are signing up for before joining these courses. Taking this method is actually very good as this will give you experience as well.
Daily activities of a dessert and pastry chef:
In general, your daily activities will include making breads, cakes and pastries. Also you will be experimenting a lot to create new dishes by understanding what people like. You will be required to head a team of people if you are working in a big organization. Work is generally divided there with people doing what they are best at. In addition to all this you will also be required to see the safety of the food and that it meets the standards required.
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