What Does a Baker-Patissier Do?

A Baker- Patissier (423C) is a pastry chef! They manage the best pastry kitchens and create delicious cakes and pastries.

Job -Related Skills, Interests and Values            

  • managing pastry kitchens, including the hiring, supervising  and training of personnel
  • planning the sequence of tasks in order to produce quality goods that people will want to buy                            
  • creating cakes and pastries according to schedule to meet customer demand
  • calculating raw product requirements to meet production demand
  • overseeing the sale and merchandising of cakes and pastries
  • hiring, supervising and training new staff
  • keeping up with changes, trends and customer preferences for cakes & pastries
  • performing job duties carefully, and cleaning utensils and machinery being used for hygienic and safety reasons
  • operating high-tech equipment as well as conventional ovens, microwaves, food processors etc.

You may find additional information about this trade and applicable standards at the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website – follow this sector link:http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/membership/resources/training-standards

 

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

A Baker-Patissier must have their grade12 or equivalent: credits in Math, perhaps co-op experience in retail or food preparation or exposure to this field through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program in secondary school would be an asset. An apprenticeship of 6130 on-the-jobs hours is recommended as well as 2 - 12 week in-school training sessions, followed by an additional 150 theory hours. Although this is a Voluntary trade it is also a Red Seal trade. To achieve success, you should learn how to build and maintain customer relations, develop good communication skills and be willing to continually update your skills and knowledge. Red Seal trade certification allows for inter-provincial mobility. This is the minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the (OCTAA) Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades.

Apprenticeship Subject Pathways provides additional information for students/parents/educators:

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/training/apprenticeship/skills/pathwaye.pdf

What’s Your Future as a Baker- Patissier?

Baker-Patissiers generally work a 5 day week but they may work irregular hours or shift work that may include nights. If they are self-employed, they usually work very long hours. Patissiers may manage the kitchen and handle its specialized creations. Standing for long periods of time and lifting, carrying and pushing heavy loads are common requirements. Baker-Patissiers may be exposed to very hot conditions due to ovens, and adverse effects due to prolonged exposure to flour and sugar dust. The gender ratio in this trade is just about equal between men and women. Demand for Baker-Patissiers is increasing due to trends in buying baked goods; however, consolidation within the grocery industry and increasing use of high tech equipment may limit new job opportunities.

The Toronto region hires the most Baker-Patissiers, then the Hamilton-Niagara peninsula, followed by Kitchener-Waterloo-Barrie. Employers who hire Baker-Patissiers include:

  • Commercial bakeries
  • Food processing firms
  • Hotels, restaurants and catering companies
  • Pastry shops and in-store bakeries
  • Specialized pastry firms

Additional information can be found at The Baking Association of Canada, www.baking.ca and The Canadian Pastry Chefs Guild at: http://www.canadianpastrychefsguild.ca/.

 Wage Rate

  • Apprentices usually start at a wage that is less than that of a journeyperson
  • This rate increases gradually as you acquire skills and gain competency
  • Fully qualified Baker-Patissiers can earn in the range of $60,000 per year, depending on the employer and the geographic location

Self-Rating

Ask Yourself: Is Working as a Baker-Patissier for You?

Do you enjoy working with numbers, ratios and performing calculations?

Yes      No

Can you lift, load, push or carry boxes and containers, some of them heavy?

Yes      No

Do you mind getting up early or working at night?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy working with your hands and with mechanical equipment?

Yes      No

Are you the kind of person who enjoys being creative and pays attention to detail?

Yes      No

Do you like interacting with people, either as customers or co-workers?

Yes      No

Can you stand on your feet for long periods of time?

Yes      No

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, a career as a Baker-Patissier may be for you!

You may also want to explore other careers that require similar interests and skills, such as:

  • Baker
  • Chef
  • Cook
  • Baking Instructor
  • Baking Supply company salesperson

 

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