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Are you proud of your latest cookie caper? Do your friends and family believe you're a prodigy with pastries? Perhaps you're ready to discover what the top pastry chef and baking schools can offer.
If you are an enthusiastic cook and are looking for a career that will enable you to use practical and creative skills as well as business acumen, the training offered by a baking and pastry school might be just what you need.
Pastry chefs are passionate about their pursuit of culinary excellence and take many courses to ensure their success in the field. If you're serious about a career as a pastry chef, you'll want to choose a school that will teach you not only about the equipment and how to use it but the theory of baking. Courses for baking and pastry work are available at all levels, up to and including bachelor's and associate's degrees. The coursework involves learning basic cooking skills, progressing to the making and inventing of specialty breads, pastries, cakes for all occasions, hot and cold plated desserts, making candy and confections, plus nutrition, menu development, food safety and cost control. In many cases your pastry chef school will have a restaurant or cafcafe© on its premises that is open to fellow students, staff and possibly the public. This type of facility will allow you and your classmates to practice handling the marketing, staffing, display, customer service, inventory, production and sales for a live baking and pastry outlet.
Career opportunities are good for well-trained pastry chefs and there are many possibilities open to you within the hotel and catering industry. You might choose to specialize as an executive pastry chef, artisan bread maker, chocolatier or pcafe¢tissier, you might want to write cookbooks, become a teacher or a food stylist, or even open your own cafcafe© or bakery.
Graduates of the top schools will walk away with the knowledge necessary to plan menus, train others, work with restaurant and hospitality managers, and most of all create truly magnificent pastries and desserts that make mouths water and send taste buds to nirvana.
If you're already working in the field, many schools also offer courses that can help you advance your career. Tune up your knowledge base with advanced specialties like the art of blown, spun and pulled sugar and marzipan or coursework on working with chocolate to create decorative showpieces.