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Taux horaire moyen pour le métier de pastry-chef avec Brigad
Average hourly rate for the pastry-chef job with Brigad
21£ /heure
21£ /hour
Experience required
Minimum 1 an d’expérience
Required status
Self-employed / Freelance

Pastry Chef: job Description, salary, training

A pastry chef preparing delicious pastries

In the hospitality industry, as a Pastry Chef, you're responsible for everything pastry-based that comes out of the kitchen, whether in a restaurant, hotel, or catering service. Pastry Chefs typically prepare an enticing and delicious range of cakes and sweet treats, necessitating expertise in baking and working with pastries and cakes. Additionally, you might find yourself preparing savoury baked foods, or a mix of both sweet and savoury items.

If you’re an experienced Pastry Chef looking for a new opportunity, a short or long-term mission, or are planning the next step in your career, here’s a Pastry Chef job description including salary ranges and UK mission offers from Brigad. 

What is a Pastry Chef ?

A Pastry Chef is a skilled culinary professional employed to cook pastries, such as cakes, croissants, and even pies and savoury foods in certain establishments. You might also work as a pPastry Chef in an industrial kitchen, as many dining establishments order sweet and savoury pastries in bulk. 

However, whether you work in a kitchen that only specialises in cakes and pastries, such as a cafe, or you’re a Pastry Chef in a larger kitchen (hotel F&B, pub, restaurant, etc.), the role is comparable to other Chefs except you’re responsible for pastries and cakes and other baked foods in that culinary family.

What does a Pastry Chef do ?

Pastry Chefs cook and bake a wide range of delicious baked goods, including cakes, cookies, bread, pastries, and savouries such as sausage rolls and pies. Many restaurants and cafes order these in from food supply companies, making the role of a pastry chef a specialised and coveted position. 

When making cakes and other sweet delights, Pastry Chefs will also doctorate them with icing sugar and other ingredients. Managing ingredients for the pastries you’re making is an integral part of being a Pastry Chef, as is ensuring the kitchen operates with high levels of hygiene and financial efficiency. 

Depending on the size of the kitchen, you may also have staff to manage, similar to a Sous Chef or Head Chef, except the menu is purely pastries, loaves of bread, and other baked goods. Pastry Chefs will either follow traditional or more modern recipes or will be responsible for creating their own. 

A Pastry Chef or Head Pastry Chef (depending on the size of the kitchen, team, number of Chefs, or Pastry Chefs a Head Pastry Chef is managing) is responsible for every type of pastry made in the pastry kitchen. In mid-size pastry kitchens, it might be one Pastry Chef and a Commis Pastry Chef or Pastry Demi Chef working under a Head Pastry Chef, especially in cafes or specialist restaurants known for world-class pastries and baked-goods in London England.

What’s the difference between a Baker and Pastry Chef ?

The main difference between a Baker and a Pastry Chef lies in their areas of expertise and the types of products they create. A Baker primarily focuses on bread and related baked goods, such as rolls, baguettes, and pastries. In contrast, a Pastry Chef specializes in crafting a wide range of intricate and delicate desserts, including cakes, pastries, tarts, and confections, often with an emphasis on presentation and artistic decoration.

What is a Commis Pastry Chef ?

A Commis Pastry Chef is an entry-level position in the pastry section of a professional kitchen. They work under the supervision of more experienced Pastry Chefs or a Pastry Chef de Partie. The role of a Commis Pastry Chef involves assisting with various tasks related to pastry preparation and production, such as measuring ingredients, mixing dough, preparing fillings, and assisting with the assembly and decoration of pastries and desserts. It's a crucial role for individuals looking to gain practical experience and develop their skills in the field of pastry and baking.

What do Pastry Chefs wear ?

Pastry Chefs typically wear specialized attire designed for kitchen work. This attire includes a white or checkered chef's coat, chef's pants, a head covering (such as a hat or hairnet) to maintain hygiene, and non-slip kitchen shoes for safety. Many Pastry Chefs also wear aprons to protect their clothing from ingredients and spills while working on delicate desserts and pastries. The specific attire may vary slightly depending on the kitchen's policies and the Pastry Chef's personal preferences.

What Qualities Define a Pastry Chef ?

A Pastry Chef must have a love for food, cooking, the culinary arts, and trying out traditional and exciting new recipes.

You need to be organised, with an attention to detail, an eye for quality, and a desire to produce excellent pastries and baked goods every time.

Being creative and coming up with new ideas for your establishment to sell is a useful skill and quality too, with an eye for presentation and how food looks. You also need basic budgetary and financial skills too, as it’s likely that you’ll be completely responsible for ordering ingredients.

Why Choose the Position of Pastry Chef ? 

Many cooking professionals choose the position of Pastry Chef because they love cooking and baking in particular. It’s more of a specialised calling in the hospitality industry.

It’s also a step up the ladder either towards managerial positions in busy operational kitchens or one way to learn the skills necessary to open your own cafe or bakery.

What are the working conditions for a Pastry Chef ?

Working conditions for Pastry Chefs vary depending on the establishment. In most kitchen roles, long hours and weekend work are normal. However, with Pastry Chefs, morning and daytime work is more common as cafes and bakeries serve breakfast, lunch, and early evening crowds. 

Only in certain eating establishments, where deserts are prepared by hand, by a skilled Pastry Chef, is evening and weekend work a standard requirement of the job.

Typical working hours of a Pastry Chef

Pastry Chefs work as hard as other chefs and cooks in kitchens and the hospitality sector. Long hours and preparing high-quality food under pressure are normal.

The only difference is the working hours and conditions are more skewed towards mornings and afternoons, and there are usually fewer people in dedicated pastry kitchens. 

In some cases, a cafe or restaurant will only have one Pastry Chef and no assistants. So, there’s more to account for, including daily cooking and baking tasks. 

Brigad can help you achieve that, connecting you with missions that better suit your lifestyle and what you want to earn as a self-employed Pastry Chef.

How to become a Pastry Chef ?

In most cases, becoming a Pastry Chef is achieved through experience and hard work, and working your way up. Or you can take professional qualifications or start in a junior kitchen role and specialise in pastries and baked goods. 

It’s equally important to show you can create menus that customers love, manage and train staff, and pick ingredients that fit within the menu and budgets you’ve got available for the kitchen's culinary creations. 

When you can do all of that and a position becomes available, either in your establishment, somewhere else, or an exciting new Head Chef mission through Brigad, it’s time to take the next step in your career.

How to be a good Pastry Chef ?

The best way to be a good Pastry Chef is to bake amazing cakes and pastries, consistently do a good job with everything that leaves your kitchen, and come up with new ideas for cakes and other pastries

What career progression is possible for a Pastry Chef ?

A skilled and talented Pastry Chef has a variety of exciting career advancement opportunities.

Taking the entrepreneurial leap into owning a cafe or bakery is a popular choice, allowing for creative and business autonomy.

Alternatively, a pastry chef may choose to broaden their culinary expertise beyond pastries, transitioning into other key roles in the culinary world.

These roles could include positions such as Sous Chef, Chef de Partie, Head Chef, or Executive Head Chef.

Each of these positions offers unique challenges and opportunities to further develop their culinary skills and leadership abilities.

UK Pastry Chef salary ranges 

The Pastry Chef salary in the UK varies depending on factors such as experience, location, and the type of establishment. 

In London and other large cities such as Birmingham, and chain bakeries, cafes, restaurants, and hotels, Pastry Chefs will earn more than working for smaller cafes or restaurants in the countryside. 

On average, Pastry Chefs can earn anywhere from £24,000 to £27,000.

What is Brigad ?

Brigad is an app that allows hospitality establishments to easily connect with highly-qualified, self-employed hospitality professionals in London and surrounding areas.

The latest offers for Pastry Chefs across London

If you're a Pastry Chef looking for temporary work and flexibility, follow these three simple steps to begin receiving mission proposals:

  1. Register as self-employed Pastry Chef before signing up for Brigad.
  2. Download the app and sign up in minutes; it's free, and there's no commitment required.
  3. Create and personalize your profile to start receiving mission proposals.

You're free to decide whether to accept or decline them.

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How to become a self-employed Pastry Chef?

Self-employment is becoming increasingly popular across dozens of professions, including for pastry chefs in cafes and restaurants worldwide and across the UK.

To become a freelance Pastry Chef, follow these essential steps:

  • Register as a Sole Trader with HMRC: This is a crucial first step, requiring minimal paperwork and enabling legal self-employment.
  • Obtain a UTR Number from HMRC: Secure your Unique Taxpayer Reference number, necessary for tax purposes and identification as a sole trader.
  • Meet Eligibility Requirements: Ensure you're eligible for self-employment in the UK, especially important for non-EU international students who may face restrictions.
  • Manage Your Tax Affairs: Be responsible for submitting an annual self-assessment tax return based on your income and expenses.
  • Maintain Accurate Financial Records: Keep detailed records of all your income and expenses for tax purposes.
  • Understand Tax Obligations: Familiarize yourself with tax bands and VAT requirements as they apply to self-employed professionals.

As a self-employed Pastry Chef, you have the opportunity to explore diverse working options. This includes the ability to combine freelance projects with long-term contracts, providing a varied and dynamic career path. You also enjoy significant work flexibility, allowing you to select your work schedule and locations that best align with your personal goals and preferences.

It's important to stay informed by regularly consulting official government resources for any updates or new information related to self-employment.

How to find a Pastry Chef with Brigad ?

If you're a bakery, cafe, restaurant, or hotel F&B operation looking to hire a Pastry Chef, all you need to do is:

  1. Create an account on the Brigad app or website (free registration and no commitment)
  2. Set up your missions in a few clicks specify the required skills, dress code, equipment, duration, payment method, and more.
  3. Submit your mission and let the algorithm handle the rest!

Once you set up a mission, it's sent to Pastry Chefs with the relevant skills in your area.

When a Pastry Chef accepts, you'll be notified and can then connect with them directly.

All Pastry Chefs and other hospitality professionals undergo a strict vetting process to ensure the best match.

UK companies that are hiring Pastry Chefs using Brigad App

Trusted by over 10,000 businesses to reinforce their teams, Brigad is widely used by both large groups and independent businesses in every sector of the hospitality industry.

The platform offers a connection with thousands of highly qualified, self-employed hospitality professionals such as Pastry Chefs.