A Chef de Patisserie, or a Pastry chef, is a French term commonly used in English speaking locations. The pastry chef is responsible for making and decorating, and in many cases creating, all the sweets and deserts you will find in bakeries, restaurants and in other sectors of the hospitality industry.
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Pastry chefs are responsible for creating, cooking and designing desserts and sweets such as cakes, chocolates, mousse, cupcakes, fudge and pies. The ingredients, decorations and presentation are often considered to be an art.
Education And Training
While no education is required to become a pastry chef most chefs attend four and two year colleges while others obtain certificates. The American Culinary Federation (ACF) certifies pastry professionals based on experience and education. Certificate designations for baking and pastry professions include: Certified Pastry Culinarians (for entry level workers), Certified Working Pastry Chefs, Certified Executive Pastry Chefs and Certified Master Pastry Chefs.
Pastry chefs may be employed by restaurants, bakeries, in hotels and other areas of the hospitality industry. Many chefs decide to go into business by themselves opening their own store or selling their services online for special events and businesses. According to the ACF, the typical average work week of a pastry chef is 50.2 hours.
Salary varies widely depending on experience, geographical location, working environment, and certification. On average, those who have earned the designation certified executive pastry chef make £7,085 more a year, according to a 2008 study by the ACF. In the United States, chefs employed in the Northeast and Western regions reported slightly higher income than in the Midwest and South. The average reported salary was $54,100 with 6 per cent of respondents reporting a salary of $100,000 or more.
Beyond base salary, respondents to the same 2008 survey reported that 35 per cent received bonuses, 32 per cent were offered to participate in employer sponsored 401k plans and 25 per cent received educational reimbursements. For health benefits 85 per cent were offered to join a medical plan and 78 per cent had the option of joining a dental plan.
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