I am just curious to know if anyone could let me know the Pro's and Con's of working as a Professional Chef and a Pastry Chef. I would love to hear the opinions of professionals as I am currently trying to make up my mind for what course to take for school. I love doing both but I'm trying to find the most useful information to help me make my decision and I know posting a thread on the professional forums will probably be the best place to get feed back from :)
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Professional Chef or Pastry Chefpost #1 of 48/15/10 at 6:23pmThread Starterpost #2 of 48/15/10 at 7:27pmpost #3 of 48/16/10 at 2:36am
It all depends on your personality, and what you want to get out of your career. There is certainly no need to limit yourself to one or the other. A pastry chef can always learn to be a CDP, and vice versa. Were it me, I would choose the path that challenges my skills the most. I've always found working a line more immediately gratifying (the heat of battle and all), and that's where my natural talent lies, so I might take the pastry path to broaden my knowledge base.
Basically, if you take the path of pastry, expect to spend a lot of time working on your own with delicate projects. If you take the more general-ed path, Professional Chef as you refer to it, then expect to be working as part of a team cranking out plates. At least to start, anyway.post #4 of 48/16/10 at 1:38pmThread Starter
I used to have a job as a waitress and I know how busy a restaurant could get but I'm not sure if I could personally handle being the chef or a chef. I do like cooking but I don't know how it would handle it career wise. I do like baking a lot because I can use my artistic skills but I just don't know how far it would get me. I don't know much about the industry but so far from what I have read, both being a chef and a pastry chef seem to be enjoyable jobs. I do like jobs that keep me busy and keep me going so I know I'd get used to the stress of it, my current job is pretty stressful, but I can't get anywhere with it and I need something more challenging. I do know how to cook really well, I'm fast at picking it up, baking I don't do as much but I'm pretty good, but I need practice. It's hard to pick one for the moment when you like doing both.
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