Does the smell of freshly baked bread make you wish you were in baking school? Do you have a notebook filled with wedding cake designs? Does the idea of baking cookies for the holiday fill you with joy? If you answered yes to any of these questions, our Pastry Arts program could the right program for you.
Our program is designed for aspiring bakers and pastry chefs. You can receive hands-on experience learning from our industry-experienced professional chefs in our commercial-style kitchens. You can practice a variety of baking techniques and learn how to bake artisanal bread, craft mouth-watering desserts, create traditional pastries from scratch and more.
With small class sizes that provide individual attention to each student, convenient class schedules, industry-experienced instructors, and career services to help you secure a new job, Platt College is ready to help you start a new career in Pastry Arts.
Training to Become a Pastry Chef
Our Pastry Arts program can prepare you for an entry-level job in a bakery, restaurant, catering, and more. Some of the classes that you will be expected to take include:
- Introduction to Baking and Pastry
- Food Safety and Sanitation
- International Breads
- Tortes and Gateaux
- Pastry Presentation
During your classroom lessons and externship, you can learn how to use, and the proper care of, cooking equipment necessary for your new career. Some of the equipment you may handle includes
- Industrial Ovens
- Pots and pans
- Various pastry utensils
Our program is designed to give you the skills to prepare you to enter the Pastry Arts job market. The Career Services team can assist you in marketing yourself for the right career opportunity.
What Does a Pastry Chef Do?
A Pastry Chef truly loves the smell of fresh bread, pies, and pastries. They are responsible for everything that pertains to baked goods: checking the quality and freshness of their ingredients; preparing equipment for baking; measuring and mixing ingredients including kneading, rolling shaping and cutting dough; and monitoring the product as they cook. They also are responsible for inspecting supplies, equipment and work areas for cleanliness while monitoring sanitation practices, maintaining inventory and following kitchen safety standards.
The typical duties of a Pastry Chef fall into three categories – baking duties, crafting desserts and creating recipes.
- Clean and sanitize all work areas, dishes, utensils and equipment before and after use
- Weigh and measure the ingredients that will be used
- Use proper bakeware to bake the pastries
- Follow recipes
- Ensure food is handled properly and remains at the right temperature
Baking duties could be your favorite task in the kitchen. Other duties could include decorating pastries, inventory supplies to keep the kitchen well stocked, following proper sanitation methods and keeping equipment in good shape.
- Create and test new dessert recipes
- Evaluate ingredients for freshness
- Decorate pastries using icings, toppings and other ingredients
- Ensure food presentation is exciting and fresh
- Keep work areas, equipment, dishes and cooking utensils clean
Quite often you will work under the guidance of a head pastry chef when crafting desserts. You could find yourself assigned to a specific station in the bakery during a shift, responsible for preparing and cooking certain types of pastries.
- Develop new recipes for various pastries or desserts under the guidance of the head pastry chef
- Test and evaluate new recipes
Creating recipes allows you to be creative in the kitchen. Understanding the basics of Pastry Arts will help you develop new dishes that can be shared with the world.
Professional Pastry Chef Requirements
While no formal education is required to become a chef, most successful Pastry Chefs combine a Pastry Arts program with real-world experience in order to advance in their profession. You can gain some experience with our externship as well as work at one of our student-operated fine dining restaurants. Voluntary certification through the American Culinary Federation or the Retail Bakers of America can help you market your baking skills to potential employers.
Is a Pastry Chef a Good Career For Me?
How do you know if a career in Pastry Arts is good for you? Here are some things to consider:
- You love baking and find yourself being creative in the kitchen
- You thrive on making sure every dish is presented in an exciting manner
- You like trying out new things
- You love to make people happy with your food
- You are very good at organization and planning
- You enjoy being busy all the time
If this sounds like you, then training in Pastry Arts is a good career choice.
How Much Money Do Pastry Chefs Make?
According to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics survey, Bakers currently earn a median salary of $26,520 per year or $12.75 per hour. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $19,880, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $40,350*. These wages can vary based on the bakery or setting you are working in.
The Platt College Pastry Arts program prepares you for an entry-level position. Additionally, you might be eligible for a variety of benefits, such as vacation or sick time, flexible working hours, insurance and a stable work/life balance. Each bakery is different so it is a good idea to weigh all your options when presented with a position so that you accept an offer in a setting you will be successful in.
Pastry Chef Career Outlook
Pastry Arts is growing fast and according to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics survey, expected growth in the field is 8% between 2016 and 2026*. This growth is as fast as average for all occupations.
Your baking skills may be in high demand especially since consumers are looking for more specialty baked goods. Items such as cupcakes, pies, and cakes made from scratch are in demand not only from bakeries but also grocery stores and restaurants. Bakeries are looking for experienced pastry chefs to oversee baked goods preparation which means the potential for better positions and salaries is available. A diploma in Pastry Arts can give you the foundation you need to have the career you want, where you want it.
Where Can a Pastry Chef Work?
With a diploma in Pastry Arts, you have the ability to work anywhere in the country and even around the world. Most pastry chefs work under a head chef when they first start out. You can find work in:
- Restaurants and other dining establishments
- Specialty food service, such as schools
- Hospitals and other long-term care facilities
- Hotels and resorts
- Other commercial food service establishments
Oklahoma Pastry Arts Program Locations at Platt College
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Get Started Today!
Turn your passion for helping people into a career with our Pastry Arts program. Our small classes, industry-experienced instructors, and externships make it easy for you to gain the skills you need to be successful in this growing field. To get started, call us at 877-392-6616 or request information to speak with an Admissions Representative, who can answer your questions about our Pastry Arts Program.
Programs vary by location.
High school diploma, GED or equivalent required.
See school catalog for specific programmatic admissions requirements.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bakers, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/bakers.htm