What qualifications does a pastry chef need? Study patisserie today!
Most people know that a pastry chef’s main job is to make pastries and desserts.
However, there’s much more to the job than just baking and mixing – there’s a whole world of desserts out there, all made with a variety of different techniques.
If you want a long and rewarding career as a pastry chef, you’ll need to commit to your studies, because there’s a lot to learn.
And we haven’t even gotten started on the theoretical and administrative side of a typical pastry chef’s day, either!
Long story short, pastry chef training is a lot longer and more intensive than many give it credit for.
In order to successfully complete your patisserie course in Melbourne, you’ll need…
1) Creativity and an eye for aesthetics
When you really think about it, patisserie is a form of art.
From beautifully decorated pastries to perfectly shaped bread and cupcake frostings, you will have the opportunity to apply your creativity everyday as you present pastries and desserts in an inviting (and delicious) manner.
Of course, creativity in patisserie is about more than just aesthetics and presentation (though they’re certainly important) – you will also need to learn how to tweak and create something unique out of an existing recipe.
2) You need to be passionate about cakes and desserts
Really, this is good advice for any career path!
So you’ve decided to chase your dreams by enrolling in our patisserie school in Melbourne. Once you graduate, you’ll find work in an area that you absolutely adore.
Of course, as with any career, it always helps if you’ve got passion and purpose behind your work.
You can have the talent, but if you lack the drive, you might find yourself feeling uninspired or unfulfilled.
Luckily, in an industry as diverse and exciting as hospitality, we doubt you’ll ever be feeling this way!
3) You need to know your away around the kitchen
Of course, if you’re angling to start a career in a hands-on profession such as patisserie, it’s important that you’re already familiar with the sort of work you’ll be doing on a day-to-day basis.
As an enthusiastic amateur patissier, you’ll already have a solid foundation to build on!
Existing knowledge of baking techniques and the correct measurements, mixture processes and baking equipment can go a long way in helping you get started with your training.
In addition to kitchen basics, we also cover certain techniques that most home chefs don’t have many opportunities to practice either, such as carving and decorating cakes, creating more well-rounded, skilled, and talented patisserie graduates!
4) A good understanding of food safety practices
It’s important that you keep a clean kitchen at home.
However, it’s even more important when making pastries is your job!
As a pastry chef, you have a duty of care to your customers, as well as legal obligations to look after their health.
As such, you will need to follow strict commercial kitchen hygiene and food safety practices to avoid contamination that may result in food poisoning..
Luckily, this can be taught – kitchen hygiene and safe handling procedures are core units of our patisserie courses in Melbourne.
You will learn about proper technique, as well as food safety laws in Australia.
Furthermore, each workshop includes set up and cleaning procedures to ingrain good habits before you start working.
5) Practical, hands-on experience
While it’s possible to start studying a patisserie course without this, having previous hands-on experience can certainly make things much easier!
In particular, we’re talking about experience with desserts and pastries specifically, as these often require different techniques from other types of cooking.
Enjoy hands-on experience at our patisserie school in Melbourne!
In addition to classroom-based learning, we also offer practical workshops that let you put your skills to practice.
Our patisserie courses also include work placement in a real-life commercial kitchen.
That’s right – you could enjoy on-the-job placement at one of Melbourne or Brisbane’s most-established hotels and restaurants!
6) Good teamwork and people skills
Home cooking is often a one-person show. Patisserie, on the other hand? You’ll likely be working as part of a team..
Operating alongside others, you’re an integral part to ensure that desserts, pastries, and more are crafted to the highest standard and look beautiful!
As such, good people and teamwork skills are essential.
Once again, our workshops can instil essential teamwork skills that you’ll need in your career.
Furthermore, we’ve also built a strong working relationship with some of Melbourne and Brisbane’s biggest hotels and restaurants, including:
- Grand Hyatt Melbourne
- The Langham Hotel
- The Westin Melbourne
- Park Hyatt Melbourne
- The RACV Club Melbourne
- The Sheraton Melbourne
During your placement at one of these establishments, you’ll learn how to navigate real-world kitchen dynamics – something you’ll face every day in your future career!
Enrol in one of our Patisserie courses in Melbourne
Certificate III in Patisserie
Learn practical commercial cookery skills you’ll need to kick-start a career in patisserie and learn everything you need to create wonderful creations in your kitchen.
Our Certificate III in Patisserie teaches students critical skills in communication, teamwork, hygiene, and safe food practices that are essential to your career.
With a 10-week placement included, graduates will leave Academia with the knowledge they need to take on any challenge the patisserie world throws at them!
This Certificate also provides a pathway to…
Certificate IV in Patisserie
Want to take your career to the next level? Our patisserie school in Melbourne has a course for you!
In addition to practical skills, a Certificate IV in Patisserie also combines supervisory and managerial tasks to prepare you for leading and managing a team at a hotel, restaurant and even in your own business.
In addition to baking, you’ll also learn about inventory, stocking, budgeting and more!
After completing Certificate IV in Patisserie, you can choose to take a Diploma of Hospitality Management. Many of our students opt to take both concurrently!
Want to know more about our Patisserie courses in Melbourne?
Contact the friendly team at Academia for any of your enquiries about our Patisserie courses.
Get in touch today – we look forward to speaking with you!