Pursing a future in the art of delicious dessert making and baking, like the culinary arts in general, requires dedication (long hours are common), patience (knead gently!), and an understanding of the ways flavors, textures and environments can work for (or against!) the final products.
What is the diference between Baking and the Pastry Arts?
Baking and pastry arts are very closely related. In fact, many schools offer programs that combine the two. Baking refers simply to the act of combining and baking ingredients at specified temperatures for certain amounts of time. Many bakers early in their careers work for industrial bakeries and wholesale outlets, and are restricted to following recipes developed by that company.
The pastry arts, on the other hand, are more creative. Pastry chefs develop and test new recipes for pastries, desserts, bread and other baked goods. They use skills in baking, as well as other culinary arts skills, to create their final products.
What can I learn in the pastry and baking program at culinary school?
In a pastry and baking program, you may wok alongside professional chefs, and you may learn fundamental baking skills and theoretical knowledge required to be successful.
Whether you’re looking to sharpen your skills or start a new career, you can learn how to design and create edible showpieces, plate desserts, and master other culinary skills like artisanal bread production. Emphasis also may be placed on business essentials and critical thinking if you're interested in opening your own businesses.