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Career as a Baker


Who is a Baker?

A baker is someone who makes patisserie, dessert, cookies, and other sweet items. Bakers use their knowledge of ingredients and skills to add flavors to regular dessert items. They mix all the raw ingredients to make a beautiful piece of art.

One may choose the bakery as a career option. In that case, one may work under a restaurant or a reputed brand name. However, in recent times a lot of young bakers are coming up who take up a bakery as a side business.


What does Baker do?

· Pour the ingredients in a measuring cup or bowl for correct proportion

· Heat the oven at the required temperature

· Mix all the ingredients and make a batter

· Line the baking tray or mold

· Pour the batter in the baking tray or pan and place in the oven to bake

· Bake at correct temperature and time to prevent baking failures

· Mix ingredients, food colors, and flavors to make the topping or frosting

· Cover the baked item with topping or frosting

· Add sprinkles, decorating items, flowers, patterns to add finishing touch

· Provide a detailed description of the weight, ingredients used and the price when asked by the sellers

· Pack the baked item in packages and boxes


Types of bakers

There are mainly three types of bakers.

Commercial Bakers: They usually work under a brand name in a factory setting and use large automated machines for production. They stick to a particular recipe to bake an item. Commercial mixers, oven, and high volume machines are used for mass production.


Retail Bakers: They usually work in a cafe, restaurant, or a dessert shop while others own their restaurants. They use small but professional machines to bake an item. Retail bakers enjoy the freedom of using their creativity while baking and adding a variety of flavors.


Home Bakers:Home bakers are those who choose baking as a side business. Home bakers use simple machines or may use a professional one. The oven setup is usually small and unprofessional as compared to the other two types. Home bakers run their business online or offline and take orders from customers. They bake an item according to the customer's needs and tastes.


Work Environment

Commercial bakers work in a factory setting and use large automated machines to produce goods on a large scale. The goods are usually produced for a wholesale market or a retail store outlet.

Retail bakers work in a restaurant, café, or a dessert shop. They use professional machines to bake for daily customers.

Home bakers work from their homes and use simple baking machines to produce goods for their online or offline customers.


Knowledge Required

Production Knowledge: Knowledge of the raw ingredients, types of flavors, baking equipment, quality control, etc. for maximization of profit.


Customer service: Knowledge of customer needs and taste, trending items in the market, gaining feedback to use the knowledge of customer satisfaction in the future.


Mathematics: Basic knowledge of algebra, geometry, statistics, and the application of the same.


Skills and Abilities

Assessment: Assessing self-performance and performance of co-workers for improvement in quality and maximization of profit.


Active Learning: Understanding the use of new technologies and their importance.


Coordination: Coordinating with co-workers for faster production.


Critical thinking and problem solving: Thinking logically and creatively about improving the quality of work and ability to come up for a solution in case of a baking failure.


Technological Skills

· Analytical software: SweetWARE nutraCoster Professional, EGS CALCMENU, etc.

· Editing software: Adobe Photoshop or any other software.

· Email, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel.


Personality

Persistence:Curiosity to gain more knowledge about baking and culinary. Baking regularly or nearly every day.


Innovation: Innovating new dishes and adding new ingredients.


Self-tolerance: Maintaining calm composure and dealing with the customers politely.


Attention to detail: Knowing the use of each flavor and adding more details to the decoration.


Independence: Ability to create new recipes without supervision.


Stress tolerance: Ability to come up with a solution in case of baking failures.


Educational Qualification

· A minimum of Higher Secondary degree in any stream

· Basic knowledge about baking and use of different ingredients

· A Bachelor’s degree in hotel management or culinary is an added advantage


Job Outlook

New opportunities are available in the field of a baker. The average salary of a baker in India is Rs. 320,000 per annum. It should be noted that the salary structure is fairly consistent for commercial and retail bakers. The salary of a home baker depends on the monthly sale of products.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where can I professionally learn baking?

There are several culinary schools all over India that provide a 1 or 2 years course in baking. These schools cover the topics of culinary skills, food production, consumer behavior, and mathematics.

2. What are the other career options related to a baker?

The other career options related to baker are:

· Head Cook

· Chef

· Food preparation worker

· Restaurant or shop owner

3. What are the common mistakes of baking?

The common mistakes of baking are:

· Never open the oven door while the item is baking

· Do not miss an ingredient provided in a recipe

· Do not pour the batter without lining the tray with oil or butter

· Do not use the wrong baking sheet

4. How can I improve my skills in baking?

· Follow blogs of cooking experts

· Attend workshops on baking and culinary

· Watch YouTube videos

· Read books on culinary and baking

· Consult with an expert or a supervisor


YouTube links For Further Reference


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