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Looking for a Pastry Chef ? Find a qualified Pastry Chef with Brigad

Pastry Chefs are specialists skilled at cooking and baking delicious pastries, cakes, and savouries, and are responsible for the entire pastry kitchen, including dealing with suppliers and ensuring a kitchen is hygienic and clean. 

A Pastry Chef, especially when engaged for a short-term work, typically focuses on the following tasks:

  • Crafting a variety of pastries, cakes, and desserts, ranging from traditional favourites to innovative creations, tailored to the theme and requirements of the event or establishment.
  • Managing and organising the pastry section inventory, including sourcing high-quality baking ingredients, and ensuring their freshness.
  • Leading and coordinating pastry section staff, ensuring efficient and seamless preparation and presentation of baked goods.
  • Maintaining high standards of food safety and cleanliness specific to pastry production, adhering to health and safety regulations.
  • Engaging with guests as needed, offering insights into dessert selections and accommodating special dietary needs or preferences.
  • Developing and upholding standard operating procedures for pastry creation and presentation.
  • Collaborating with the Head Chef and Restaurant Manager to ensure a cohesive service flow between the pastry section and other areas of the kitchen.
  • Experimenting with new baking techniques and ingredients to provide unique and delightful dessert experiences.
  • Adapting dessert menus to complement the specific ambiance and culinary expectations of the restaurant or event.
  • Training and mentoring junior Pastry Chefs and bakers in advanced pastry techniques and presentation skills.

Cafes, bakeries, and restaurants looking for a Pastry Chef for short-term work (such as one shift, a week's worth of shifts, or a bit longer) are often hard-pressed to find someone suitable.

Traditional Hiring Methods

The journey to hire a pastry chef often begins with traditional methods such as job postings in culinary magazines, word of mouth, partnerships with culinary schools, and utilizing staffing and temp agencies specializing in hospitality. These approaches, while useful in the past, come with limitations in the modern job market.

Limitations of Traditional Hiring Methods

  • Limited Reach: Traditional methods often fail to attract a wide array of candidates, limiting the pool to those who are locally available or already within the network.
  • Time-Consuming Process: Sifting through applications, conducting interviews, and verifying qualifications can be a lengthy process, delaying the hiring.
  • Varying Quality of Candidates: The quality of candidates varies greatly, with a risk of missing out on highly skilled professionals who may not be reached through these channels.
  • High Costs: Advertising in culinary magazines or through agencies can be expensive, with no guarantee of success.

Looking for a Pastry Chef for your establishment ?

Whether it's for a wedding, a special evening, or to strengthen your kitchen team, hiring a skilled Pastry Chef on short-notice isn’t easy. 

If you have not had much luck with job boards or the use of temp agencies, and candidates in the hospitality and catering sector are not rushing in, lack motivation, or have not got the experience or skills you are looking for, Brigad is here to provide a solution.

Publish short-term work offers on the Brigad app or website to interested independent freelance Pastry Chefs and other hospitality professionals, who are ready to work and able to pick up short-term shifts and fill gaps in your staffing rota. 

With the Brigad business app (available for download via the App Store or Google Play), you can be easily connected with the Pastry Chef your business needs.

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.

To start with, simply download the Brigad Business app via the App Store or Google Play. Create an account and you can get started. 

Sign-up for free and post a mission corresponding to your needs for a Pastry Chef in under 3 minutes. Chances are that your mission will be accepted within a matter of hours by a qualified Pastry Chef. 

How to use Brigad when looking for a Pastry Chef

Restaurant, pub, bar, café, and hotel food & beverage (F&B) managers, owners, or operators looking to hire  independent Pastry Chefs or other hospitality professionals can easily create a mission using the Brigad app. Simply select the dates and times, hours, days needed, the role needed, and add a description that details the requirements and expectations.

Your job offer, also known as a “mission” (the short or long-term shift for which you need filled), will be sent to only the most relevant, qualified, and fully vetted talents who meet your criteria. Once one of them accepts the mission, you will be notified and put in contact.

The Pastry Chef will arrive on the day of the mission ready to work, as they will have received all the necessary information from your mission description to successfully complete the mission.

This means you can be confident in finding the right Pastry Chef to fulfil your business's operational needs.

No more wasting time selecting a profile from dozens, or even hundreds of options. Post a new mission on Brigad in less than 3 minutes, then just sit back and let the  algorithm handle the rest. Only the most relevant talents will receive your mission proposition, and the most motivated Pastry Chef will be the one to accept it.

Invoices are generated and payments are made automatically, simplifying the process for your business or organisation's finance team. This allows you to focus on running your busy restaurant, pub, bar, café, or hotel food & beverage (F&B) operation.

Need to find a Pastry Chef in a hurry? 

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Post a mission on the Brigad business app in less than 3 minutes. Two thirds of missions are accepted in under 2 hours. Fill your staffing rotas efficiently, even in urgent, time-sensitive situations. Problem solved.

Benefits of working with Brigad when looking for a Pastry Chef

Brigad provides a range of benefits for establishments like restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes, and hotels, as well as catering venues and events in London, Birmingham, and Manchester, by facilitating connections with skilled Pastry Chefs and other hospitality professionals.

A strict vetting process

The hospitality industry is too busy and fast-paced for people who aren’t serious and committed to the work. After a rigorous vetting process by our team of experts, only the most qualified Pastry Chefs are offered access to the Brigad platform. 

As an owner, operator, or manager, you might worry about verifying the paperwork of the Pastry Chef who is coming to work for you. However, you don’t need to worry about any of that, as we handle all checks for you.

All profiles on the Brigad platform undergo a strict two-step vetting process, executed by both the app and the Brigad team. This thorough verification ensures you work with only the best independent, self-employed (inside HMRC IR35), or freelance Pastry Chefs and other hospitality professionals. 

The backgrounds, IDs, employment history, and training of all Pastry Chefs are verified to ensure they are reliable and experts in their field before they’re able to accept any missions on the Brigad app. This way, you can be 100% confident that the person is who they say they are and have a legal right to live and work in the UK.

Important to note
Brigad is proud to boast a 98% show-up rate from talents (out of 100,000 missions posted and accepted since January 2022).

Essential Soft Skills of Pastry Chefs in the Brigad Community

  • Creativity and Artistic Flair: Pastry chefs must be able to design visually appealing and innovative desserts. This skill allows them to experiment with colors, shapes, and flavors to create unique and enticing pastries that stand out.
  • Attention to Detail: Precision is key in pastry making. A pastry chef must have a keen eye for detail to ensure that recipes are followed meticulously, decorations are applied carefully, and presentation standards are consistently met.
  • Time Management and Organization: The ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently is crucial in a busy kitchen. Pastry chefs need to plan their workload, prioritize tasks, and keep their workspace organized to meet the demands of service without compromising on quality.
  • Teamwork and Communication: Effective communication and the ability to work as part of a team are vital. Pastry chefs must collaborate with other kitchen staff, understand and execute the head chef's vision, and sometimes instruct junior staff, all while maintaining a positive and productive kitchen environment.

Only work with driven freelance professionals on Brigad

Freelance Pastry Chefs and other hospitality professionals represent their own interests and build their own network of customers, which is why they are particularly reliable and motivated. So, you don’t have to worry about last-minute surprises, like a no-show an hour before a busy restaurant opens or a wedding feast needs to be cooked.

Key Feature
Once you start working with talents, you can create a list of your favourites (for any job role), so that you can easily find and work with them again.

A dedicated assistance team

A member of the account management and customer experience will be assigned to you to provide support during your first month on Brigad to make sure that you understand the features and are making the most of the platform. Should any problems arise, our  responsive Assistance Team is available seven days a week to ensure that solutions are readily available for any situation that might be encountered.

Mission prices for Pastry Chefs in the UK

All prices are dynamically calculated to consider tension rates, ensuring competitive pricing tailored to your specific requirements. 

The cost is determined by multiplying an hourly rate by the number of hours you need a Pastry Chef for. When you create a mission, you'll receive an instant quote. 

This is the fixed price you pay once a self-employed Pastry Chef accepts your mission, so there are no surprise costs or hidden charges.

A dynamic pricing means that costs are competitively calculated for each new mission. 

You have control over the pricing, allowing you to adjust it upwards if needed. This flexibility can enhance the likelihood of your mission being quickly accepted by talented independent hospitality and catering professionals in London, Birmingham, and Manchester.