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Where Can You Work with a Pastry Degree?

August 19, 2009 Le Cordon Bleu Chicago 0 Comments

From baking simple loaf breads to mastering the technique of a perfect soufflé, formal pastry training at a baking school can lead to a rewarding and satisfying career. Illinois culinary schools offer training where students learn how to master the art of baking in a contemporary kitchen setting. Pastry school courses center around menu planning, plating dessert, dessert preparation technique, and cake decorating. Students are also taught how to create a baking schedule for commercial kitchens, and take classes on operating their own catering company or business.

Pastry training can help prepare students to enter a number of exciting establishments in the Chicago food service industry. Here are some examples:

Bakeries
The obvious first choice. What isn’t obvious is that many bakeries have dispensed with the traditional doughnuts and breads and are now serving highly regarded and delicious confections. Don’t just think about your neighborhood bakery when thinking about job in today’s bakeries.

Restaurants
Restaurants require a steady stream of artisan breads, deserts, and confections for their diners. A skilled pastry chef is a valued commodity for a restaurant looking to separate itself from the competition.

Hotels
Just because hotel restaurants have a captive clientele in their guests doesn’t mean that they want to short change their dining experiences.

Resorts
Most resorts cater to the luxury traveler who has been everywhere and seen everything. They often try to open the eyes of their jaded but discriminating guests with the new and the unique. Delectable desserts and pastries are a perfect diversion.

Cruise Lines
If you’ve ever been on a cruise, then you know that dining is a 24/7 activity. And what goes better with morning mimosas out on the deck than fine baked goods and pastries. The exotic ports of call are just one of the bonuses when working on a cruise ship.

Research and Development Kitchens
Restaurants and food product companies are constantly on the search for the latest and greatest menu items and food products. They employ skilled professionals to help them find the winners that will be put on their menus or on your local grocers shelves.

Own Your Own Business
Now it’s time to indulge your wildest culinary fantasies. As the owner of your own boutique bakery you can create only the confections that you want to. Start with a dream, add a lot of hard work and determination and you can follow a number of career paths in the pastry industry.

The jobs mentioned are examples of certain potential jobs, not a representation that these outcomes are more probable than others. The Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago does not guarantee employment or salary.

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