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Pastry chef

Pastry Chef
Occupation type
Activity sectors
Competencies Pastry, Dessert expert
A pastry chef at work.

A pastry chef or pâtissier (pronounced: ; the French female version of the word is pâtissière ), 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.


  • Duties and functions 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • Further reading 4
  • External links 5

Duties and functions

A professional pastry chef presents a French croquembouche.

The pastry chef is a member of the classic brigade de cuisine in a professional kitchen and is the station chef of the pastry department.

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.[1] 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. [2]

See also


  1. ^ "Dessert Professional Taps the Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "How to Become a Pastry Chef". Retrieved 3 March 2015. 

Further reading

  • The Professional Pastry Chef 3rd edition ISBN 0-442-01597-6

External links

  • Pastry Chef Education & Career Guide
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