Also known as a Patissier, a Pastrycook specialises in creating sweet treats for breakfast or as desserts. They work with various types of kitchen appliances to prepared pies, cakes, cookies etc. Some (head) pastry cooks have more responsibilities in the kitchen as well.
- Starting salary: $49,000 P/A Senior salary: $62,000 P/A Average salary: $55,000 P/A Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience and employer Employment level: 27,000 as of November 2012 (Projected employment levels in 2017 of 27,400)
Average weekly hours: Average weekly hours worked for a full time Pastrycook is 39.8 hours per week.
Employment by region:
The top three regions for employment as a Pastrycook include:
- NSW: 36.3%
- VIC: 29.5%
- QLD: 21.3%
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Employment for Pastrycooks has declined by a rate of -11.2% over the past 5 years however is expected to grow slightly through 2017.
Total employment growth over the past 5 years for male and female, employed part-time and full-time is 1,900
Gender (including full time and part time)
The percentage of males and females working full time and part time are:
- Male Full Time: 61.9%
- Male Part Time: 12.2%
- Female Full Time: 15.2%
- Female Part Time: 10.7%
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- Create a pastry budget and work with vendors to obtain the best deals for ingredients
- Create quality cookies, cakes, pies, muffins, etc.
- Plan menus, clean the kitchen, stock materials
- Some pastry cooks have supervisory responsibilities
- Work with appliances such as electric mixers and ovens to combine ingredients, blend color, and shape dough
- Excellent communication skills with fellow workers/manager(s)
- Must be creative and exercise great attention to detail
- Must have the ability to multi-task and work quickly with ones hands
- Should have great customer services skills
- There are no registration or licensing requirements for pastry cooks
Pastry Cooks work in bakeries, cafes, or large restaurants. They usually are required to stand for long hours and are often at risk for contracting burns, etc. from handling materials incorrectly. Pastry cook work shifts start as early as 3:00 a.m., but creativity is encouraged in this environment.
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- Fast Food Cook
- Pastry Chef