A pastry chef is a professional who specializes in the creation of baked goods and desserts. Their job requires them to have an extensive knowledge of baking techniques, ingredients, and equipment. They are responsible for creating recipes, preparing ingredients, assembling components into finished products such as cakes or pies, and decorating final items with frosting or other toppings. Pastry chefs must also be able to follow established recipes precisely while making adaptations as needed; they often create original creations based on customer requests or preferences. In addition to their baking duties, pastry chefs may be required to maintain records related to food costs and inventory ...
Hi, my name is Ryan. I am a professional pastry chef and ice cream maker. I'm also a writer, a massage therapist, but ice cream is where I'm currently focusing on.
One requirement for this job is to 100% be organized.
My biggest piece of advice for anyone entering this industry is to be okay with failing, fail a lot, and learn from that.
One of the biggest things I'm concerned about in this industry is a work-life balance and making enough money to actually survive. And also, you know, it is physical, so I'm worried about burning out.
I was motivated to start this career because I've always cooked, I've always baked, and it just kind of seemed like a natural fit for me to go into that industry.
I went to pastry school in Chicago and after that I worked for a really well-known chef, and it was the most awful experience I've ever had in my life in this career. And I learned a lot, but I also learned what kind of chef I wanted to be and what kind of chef I didn't want to be.
My ultimate goal for myself is to actually have a brick and mortar shop. Right now I'm doing a lot of wholesale comps and farmer's markets, so I would like an actual space for the ice cream shop. So right now I'm just going to keep doing everything that I'm doing and eventually work my way towards that.