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A Career as a Pastry Chef – Advent Calendar Day 16

Pastry Chef

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It’s Advent Calendar Day 16, we are opening the door to another career but this time from our Hospitality & Catering sector. Today we are exploring the career of a Pastry Chef.

VTCT offer a range of qualifications in Hospitality & Catering. A career in this sector can open up many doors, but today we’re focussing on embarking on a career as a Pastry Chef

To begin a career in this field, you’ll need to complete a level 1 Diploma in Professional Cookery, this will give you a broad understanding of the industry and what is required. After that, you’ll move to a Level 2 to develop the skills and knowledge needed to begin a career as a Junior Baker or Pastry Commis Chef in a professional kitchen or bakery, such as knowledge of produce and ingredients as well as the skills and techniques used to prepare, cook and finish bakery and patisserie products. Your level 3 will follow on from that, including all the required elements to work effectively as a pastry chef or a patissier, including specialist skills using a variety of advanced techniques to produce biscuits, cakes and sponges, hot and cold desserts, petits fours, dough and batter products and to display pieces and decorative items.

As a Pastry Chef, you can work in:

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Gastropubs
  • Specialist bakeries
  • Specialist cafes and tea rooms
  • Visitor attractions
  • HM prisons
  • Hospitals and care homes
  • Cruise liners

We have asked industry and education experts to answer some of the key questions that you might be asking as you start thinking about your dream career in this sector. Click the information sheet to read their insights.

Today we have explored just one of many career paths within the Hospitality & Catering industry; there are a wide range of choices available. Want to know what other jobs are available in this sector? Visit our career pathways page to see all the career options available through our qualifications.

Interested in what else you can study? Click here to see all the qualifications available in our Hospitality sector.

Want to find a place to study? Click here to find a centre near you.

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