Pastry is an art form, and like any other type of cooking, it requires a certain level of skill and expertise. Baking is a slow process that requires a pastry chef to have a wide range of tools and ingredients at their disposal. Passionate about pastry, Charlotte left her career in human resources to pursue her dream of opening a pastry shop and tea room, which she has been running for over five years. Her signature product is the cookie, in all its forms.
However, the pandemic has put a damper on her plans. Working in the culinary world means long hours and physical demands. For bakers, this often means starting work early in the morning, sometimes even before dawn. Work can last until late at night, and most of the time you will be standing in a hot kitchen environment.
Having physical stamina and strength to mix and manipulate dough is essential for any pastry chef. In addition to having the necessary cooking and baking skills, a pastry chef must also be creative and detail-oriented. They must be able to come up with new and unique flavor combinations that are also in fashion. Creativity is also important when it comes to presentation and decoration of dishes.
A pastry chef must pay close attention to details and any defects before the dishes reach customers.