Pastry Chef Pastry Chef

A Pastry Chef works closely with the Head Chef to develop the sweet/bakery section of a menu. They also play a vital role in making the products, and can also be involved in other aspects of sweets, such as tea tray preparation.

Job Summary

  • Plans produce for the sweets and pastry department
  • Help create and develop the sweet, desert and bakery section of the establishments menu
  • To ensure that health and safety standards are applied and respected (especially HACCP)
  • To recruit, motivate and train the members of his or her team
  • To ensure that products are correctly prepared and comply with technical sheets
  • To ensure the quality levels of products and services
  • To provide rigorous management: controlling raw material stocks, especially in terms of their cost
  • To keep the various departments informed of the applicable procedures
  • May also style tables and tea trays

Skills required

  • Cooking skills: vocation for the job
  • The ability to manage the unit budget
  • Team leadership
  • Creativity
  • Professional Cookery Qualification
  • Must be dual-skilled as Manager and Pastry Chef
  • Experience of similar training required 

Qualifications and Training

Many Pastry Chefs have got where they are today by training on the job. However, formal qualifications will undoubtedly get you to the top fast. You can work your way up the ranks by taking the apprenticeship route as well as studying for NVQs or SVQs. Alternatively, you can study full time at college. Useful qualifications include:

  • City & Guilds diplomas in cookery
  • BTEC HND in cookery
  • A foundation degree in culinary arts
  • Health and safety and food hygiene certificates

Salary Expectations

A Pastry Chef can expect to earn anywhere between £20,000 and £30,000 a year with an average of £23,000.

Salary rates vary depending upon your experience, as well as the company. These figures are only intended as a guide.*

The bonus bits…

  • There’s a significant amount of room for experimentation and creativity
  • There is an array of opportunities and if you’re good – you may find yourself in high demand internationally

* Figures from caterer.com December 2015