Baking is not just about making cookies or pastry in fact it is an art perfected by few only. A baker is not only responsible for baking a perfect cookie, cake, breads or pastries but is also responsible for designing it in the most appealing manner. The art of baking dates back to Egyptian era and the task was limited to ladies of a household. With the commercialization the art of baking begin as a small industry and now has developed into large scale. If you have the passion for desserts and plan to follow it as your career then you are required to have professional training.
What do they do?
As a baking specialist you would be baking cakes, cookies, biscuits, pastries. You can work at the pastry substation in a hotel or restaurant or have your own business. For a specialist, the presentation of a product is as important as its taste and flavour. A cake, therefore, has to have the perfect icing, which does not only taste good, but has to look tempting enough as well. From fruits like strawberries and passion fruit, to mangoes... the creativity of a baking specialist must know no bounds. With the concept of customised cakes gathering steam, baking offers good career prospects. If you are creative and have an eye for conjuring up interesting cakes in the shape of bags, dolls, cricket bats etc, this profession is for you. You get ample amount of recognition if your work stands out. Also, for starters, the investment capital required is not a lot. It usually requires minimum investment as compared to other fields. One can start up by advertising on Facebook by opening a page with detailed information on one’s offerings and specialisations. Pictures of one’s products can also help in gaining more eyeballs. This can lead in getting a usual of seven to 10 orders a week.
- You have to be innovative and creative to come up with interesting recipes
- You have to have good managerial skills to lead teams if working in a hotel or a restaurant
- You have to have a sound head for business if running your own venture
How do I get there?
A degree or a certificate course in baking after Class 12 will help you getting into the industry. Experience counts so that you can either join a restaurant or apprentice with a good chef. However, a degree in hotel management is the best route to the profession.