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post #1 of 4
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I have a 17yr old daughter interested in becoming a pastry chef.

I need some honest answers.

Which type of degree would be best?

She has worked in a local bakery for about a year, would actual experience be more important then a degree?

How is the current job market?

What type of entry level positions might be available?

Any other helpful advice would be great.

post #2 of 4
If she's already worked in a bakery then she has a good head start AND knows what's in store for her.

Degree? Fahrenheit or Celcius? What most employers are looking for is accuracy, speed, and consistancy. Oh, and the ability to work with everyone else. This only comes with working experience. Salaries are based on experience, not degrees.

That being said, most bakeries are set up for production, so an employee may be stuck doing the same thing over and over again and may not have a good grasp of the technique or product being made even if they perform that particular task well. Some kind of schooling is necesary, and my most sincere suggestion, based on years in the hospitality business and as an employer, is an education from a local community college. Be very wary of the big name cooking and baking schools, they are quite expensive, and put out the same curriculum as a C.C.
An education is not a result of the school or the teacher, it is the result of what the student can extract and apply from his/her surroundings.
...."This whole reality thing is really not what I expected it would be"......
...."This whole reality thing is really not what I expected it would be"......
post #3 of 4


I echo what has been said above me....fully!!. Time makes chefs, passion,dedication and will, are big parts of the story right out of high school I would have never thought Id be where I am now. if your good you could move up fast..but its not Guaranty. so yes a little school is good.. dont pay a lot for it.
post #4 of 4
I think these 2 said it best. Working expeirence will get you far in this business. Repetitiveness is part of the game. She might get disscuraged from this but if she sticks through it, it will be worth it. Good luck to her!!!!
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