Baking-Pastry

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.

Why Baking School Can Equal Big Dough

April 2, 2010 0 Comments
Why Baking School Can Equal Big Dough

Can You Make A Living As a Baker? Baking school tends to get a bad reputation when set against its bigger, more glamorous older brother culinary school. Culinary school is often viewed as the place for the creative artist, where cooking food takes second place to the act of combining ingredients with flair, panache, and […]

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Cooking and Culinary School Vacations

March 27, 2010 0 Comments
Cooking and Culinary School Vacations

  Going To Culinary School While On Vacation Most of the top chefs of international cuisine have spent substantial time overseas, learning techniques and getting to know ingredients unique to varying regions. In fact, some of the best chefs of international cuisine are just that—international chefs. They may have spent years living in their region […]

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Pastry Chef Interview

March 8, 2010 3 Comments
Pastry Chef Interview

An Interview with a Pastry Chef Every once in a while I get an email from some young person who thinks I’m a professional chef and wants to interview me for a school project. I let them know I’m a home cook who enjoys food, cooking and writing about it and encourage them to contact […]

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Skills Needed to Succeed in Baking School

November 10, 2009 0 Comments
Skills Needed to Succeed in Baking School

What Skills Do You Need to Do Well in Baking School? Although the two fall under the same umbrella concept of working in the kitchen, baking school and cooking school are two very different ideas. Cooking is very much an art form, requiring students to use their imaginations and their taste buds to come up […]

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Finding A Job As Pastry Chef

August 24, 2008 6 Comments
Finding A Job As Pastry Chef

How to Find a Job as a Pastry Chef I receive a lot of emails every day from people young and old interested in going to culinary school. Some want to start their careers in the restaurant industry, some are looking to change careers. Check out the culinary career page for a great culinary arts […]

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A Day In the Life of a Pastry Chef

April 17, 2008 15 Comments
A Day In the Life of a Pastry Chef

One Pastry Chef’s Day at Work Once again I’m thrilled to have Chef Jennifer Field, a graduate of Orlando Culinary Academy, write about the life of a baking & pastry chef. I asked Jenni to give my readers a glimpse of what one of her days look like working as the pastry chef at The […]

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Is Culinary School Right For You

July 20, 2007 1 Comment
Is Culinary School Right For You

Do I Need To Go To Culinary or Baking / Pastry School? I want to introduce you to Chef Leslie Bilderback, Certified Master Baker and author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Success as a Chef. She is an amazing person who has accomplished an incredible amount in the culinary industry. A graduate of the […]

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