|By Madgoose (Madgoose) on Thursday, October 21, 2004 - 11:51 am: Edit|
I am writing a research paper for a class in which I need to research a school I would be interested in attending to achieve my career goals, as well as interviewing a professional in my chosen field. If one of the baking/pastry chefs on the forum could answer these questions, I would greatly appreciate it.
1. Name, Job Title, and place of employment?
2. What experience or knowledge is required to do your job?
3. How do Valencia's Competencies (think, value, communicate, act) apply
to this career?
4. What types of projects, assignments or deadlines must you meet each
day (a typical day on the job)?
5. Does your job require overtime and what is your work schedule?
Typical salary range?
6. What preparation or courses did you find necessary or helpful upon
entering the job?
7. What is the biggest challenge you encounter?
|By Pastrycrew (Pastrycrew) on Friday, October 29, 2004 - 01:12 am: Edit|
1. Brian, Exec. Pastry Chef, Four Seasons Resort
2. Minimum 3yr previous pastry management experience, 8yrs & up on work experience, good work ethics. And ofcourse, you'd have to know how to make pastries...
3. VCC huh? Those are some core values. It goes back to good work ethics.
4. Payroll and scheduling, ordering, quality control/training, hands on production. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and anything in between. Who wants a cookie?
5. Overtime? There is no such thing. A typical work week starts at 5 - 12 hour days and can go up to 6-7 days a week - 12-15 hours a day for several months of the year. Pastry tends to be slightly more busy around the holidays. In Florida a pastry chef in a hotel would start anywhere from 35k on. The highest paid there would probably cap at 110k anually. I know that's a huge range, but there are many types of hotels.
6. A two year culinary degree is nice. Any type of associates degree is helpful. A good reputation and work experience is the most helpful. Training courses that are helpful: time management, assertiveness, conflict management, leadership building, diversity awareness.
7. A long way to go and a short time to get there. It's the nature of the beast.