Pastry Chef Job Profile and Description

A pastry chef is an individual who works in the kitchen of cake shops or restaurant serving pastries. They usually bake and prepare cakes, pastries, cookies, doughnuts etc. They need to determine the items that will go into a pastry and ensure that those items are purchased within budget. They also have to ensure that there is enough stock of products in the kitchen required to make pastries. They may have to guide a team of assistant chefs and show them a way a certain pastry needs to be decorated. A pastry chef must have good culinary skills and the desire to cook.

 Pastry Chef Duties and Responsibilities

A pastry chef has number of responsibilities and duties that he needs to carry out. They are as follows:

  • Baking and preparing cakes and pastries for the bakery in which they work
  • Managing junior kitchen staff members
  • Ensuring that the kitchen always remains clean and organized
  • Making sure that the quality and taste of the pastries remain intact
  • Preparing budgets and ordering supplies required for the kitchen
  • Interacting with customers to take orders
  • Ensuring that a certain order is prepared within time
  • Ensuring that the assistant chefs are following food safety tips
  • Advising on the decoration of a pastry

Pastry Chef Skills and Specifications

The skills required to become a pastry chef are as follows:

  • Must be creative in nature
  • Ability to think out of the box
  • Must have excellent culinary skills
  • Needs to pay attention to detail
  • Good managerial skills

Pastry Chef Education and Qualification

An individual aspiring to become a pastry chef can pursue the following courses:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Baking and Pastry Arts programs
  • Certification program from a chef school

Pastry Chef Salary

The annual salary for a pastry chef varies from $30000 to $50000.