What is Demi Glace? I am a huge fan of demi-glace for preparing classic sauces like mushroom or peppercorn sauce but I have to warn you, it is a huge process to make classic demi glace at home. It is not for the faint of heart but well worth the effort – at least once. […]
A career in baking and pastry requires a lot of thought before jumping in. The hours are long, the conditions are difficult and the pay is not that great. So then why do so many people young and old want to go to baking / pastry school and get into the industry?
Great questions and the articles you’ll find here hopefully will answer many of them. Starting with Pastry Chef Career – So You Want to Become a Pastry Chef to The Difference Between Baking School and Pastry School to my interview with Certified Master Baker, Chef Leslie Bilderback.
For those of you wondering about the a pastry chef’s salary, you’ll want to read my post called Pastry Chef Salaries, Demand and Job Opportunities. And be sure to follow my friend Chef Jenni Field in her post called A Day in the Life of a Pastry Chef.
How Do Baking School and Pastry School Differ From One Another? Most of the time, “baking school” is an umbrella term used to describe everything related to the act of baking, including both baking and the pastry arts. After all, pastry and baking are really two sides of the same coin; each one includes a […]
Why a Pastry Chef of the Year Chose Her Career Chef Mary Cech has amazing credentials. She has worked in some of the top kitchens in America, taught in some of the finest culinary schools, been recognized as one of the “Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America” by Chocolatier magazine, named “Pastry chef of the […]
So You Want To Become A Pastry Chef A pastry chef is an important component of the brigade de cuisine system in a professional kitchen. Pastry chefs or artists are of course responsible for preparing, baking, and decorating the desserts. Being a cook or chef is not for everyone, but if you still want to […]
Becoming a Pastry Chef If you are thinking of entering the food service industry as a baker or pastry chef, this is a good article for you to read and learn from. In addition, be sure to read Master Baker Leslie Bilderbacks interview and some of her comments on my blog including Cooking School Is […]
Master Baker Interview with Chef Leslie Bilderback, CMB “Being a chef isn’t all tall hats and clogs..” – Leslie Bilderback I am thrilled Chef Bilderback contacted me about her book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Success as a Chef and then agreed to participate on my web site. Leslie is a Certified Master Baker […]
Interview with Pastry Chef Extraordinaire Jenni Field “It is supremely gratifying to hear, “That was the best meal I’ve ever eaten!..”– Jennifer Field Jenni first contacted me to tell me she was a fan of my site and if I would look at her brand new site, Pastry Chef Online. She From there we started […]
So You Want to Become a Professional Cake Decorator If you go to baking school or attend a pastry arts program, you’ll most likely encounter one or two students who hope to enter the field of cake decorating. Cake decorating is a design-oriented field that combines basic culinary skills with a flair for creating art—with […]
Who Does What In a Restaurant Kitchen? Just as the teaching profession has a variety of subjects to cover and there are more types of lawyers than most of us can count, becoming a chef comes with different choices. You can have dreams of becoming an executive chef, the mastermind behind the kitchen, but the […]
Becoming A Pastry Chef As a follow up to yesterdays post on How to Become a Pastry Chef, I thought I would give you a broad idea of the pastry chef career in the United States. Here is some information I researched on the Internet about salaries, demand and job opportunities. This data was found […]
What It Takes To “Earn” the Title of Pastry Chef I get emails from high school kids, their parents, people looking to change careers and individuals looking to start new businesses asking about becoming a professional pastry chef or baker. They want to know where to start, is culinary school required, what skills are necessary….questions […]