A pastry chef or pâtissier (pronounced [pɑ.ti.sje]; the French female version of the word is pâtissière [pɑ.ti.sjɛʁ]), is a station chef in a professional kitchen, skilled in the making of pastries, desserts, breads and other baked goods. They are employed in large hotels, bistros, restaurants, bakeries, and some cafés.
A pastry chef at work
|Competencies||Pastry, Dessert expert|
Duties and functions
Day-to-day operations can also require the pastry chef to research recipe concepts and develop and test new recipes. Usually the pastry chef does all the necessary preparation of the various desserts in advance, before dinner seating begins. The actual plating of the desserts is often done by another station chef, usually the garde manger, at the time of order. The pastry chef is often in charge of the dessert menu, which besides traditional desserts, may include dessert wines, specialty dessert beverages, and gourmet cheese platters. Pastry chefs are also expected to fully understand their ingredients and the chemical reactions that occur when making fine pastries. Precise timing and temperatures are critically important.
In larger kitchens, the pastry chef may have a number of other chefs working in their station, each responsible for specific types of pastries:
- boulanger (baker): responsible for breads, cakes and breakfast pastries
- confiseur (confectioner): responsible for candies and petit fours
- décorateur (decorator): responsible for specialty cakes and show pieces
- glacier: responsible for cold and frozen desserts
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- "How to Become a Pastry Chef". Retrieved 3 March 2015.
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