What does a Baker-Patissier (423C) do?

Patissiers are pastry chefs. They manage the best pastry kitchens and create delicious cakes and pastries.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Managing pastry kitchens, including hiring, supervising, and training personnel
  • Planning the sequence of tasks to produce quality goods that are appealing to customers
  • Calculating raw product requirements to meet production demand
  • Operating high-tech equipment, conventional ovens, microwaves, food processors, and other tool
  • Carefully performing job duties and ensuring utensils and machinery are clean and hygienic
  • Creating cakes and pastries according to schedule to meet customer demand; overseeing sale and merchandising of cakes and pastries
  • Hiring, supervising, and training new staff
  • Keeping up with trends and customer preferences for cakes and pastries

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma with math credits; food preparation experience is an asset
  • While not mandatory, completion of a 6,130-hour apprenticeship, plus two 12-week in-school sessions and 150 hours of theory, is recommended
  • This is a Red Seal trade and allows for inter-provincial mobility

What's Your Future as a Baker-Patissier (423C)?

  • Usually 5 days per week, sometimes in shifts or irregular hours
  • Self-employed patissiers generally work extremely long hours
  • May manage kitchen; prolonged periods of standing and carrying/pushing heavy loads
  • Often exposed to high heat due to ovens; exposure to dust from sugar and flour common
  • Demand increasing, but technological developments may hinder new job opportunities; regions with highest employment of patissiers include Greater Toronto, Hamilton-Niagara, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Barrie
  • Employers include commercial bakeries; food processing firms; hotels, restaurants, and catering companies; pastry shops and in-store bakeries; and specialized pastry firms

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified bakers average $60,000 annually, depending on employer and location.

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