How To Become... A Baker

By: Riley Feeney

Introduction

Mmmmm… Can you smell that? It’s the local bakery just around the corner. Maybe you can find just enough change for a little breakfast muffin. As you bite into the delicious blueberry muffin you begin to think about what it’s like to be a baker making delicious treats like this all day and not eat them all! Well that’s what a baker does all day every day!
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Education

There are many colleges with baking activities and courses, but I have found that Kendall College in Chicago is a great college with good courses. If you want to be a baker you need to have at least 2 years, or a Gradual Degree. After that you can proceed to getting a Bachelor's Degree, a Master’s Degree, a Doctoral Degree, or a Professional Degree. You would need to take regular classes but accelerated math, because of measurement with ingredients. For the career related course you will need to take restaurants and beverage management.
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Day to Day life of A Baker

A Baker’s morning starts early, sometimes even at 2:00 am, rolling and preparing dough for bread, croissants, etc. They will clean the baking sheets and ovens. Then finally around 9:00 am they will start mixing ingredients for cookies, pies, cupcakes, etc. Then they will put out the bread from earlier and decorate cookies and pies etc. When it’s around lunch they start making lunch time treats, just after the 12 pm kitchen clean. Then they start preparing ingredients for the next day and clean the kitchen AGAIN.

2:00 am - 7:00 am

Get up and head to bake shop and clean kitchen then start rolling dough for breads, croissants, pies crusts, etc. and get them in the oven ASAP

7:00 am - 9:00 am

Mix ingredients for cakes, cookies, pies, and get them in the oven when the dough from earlier is done. Set the breads out. clean kitchen.

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Clean kitchen and set out the rest of the cookies and pies etc.

12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Many small bakeries close at 12 pm but some larger bakeries will close at 7, but when it’s closing time, they clean the kitchen one more time and ready ingredients for tomorrow.

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A Professional in the Field

Buddy Valastro is the “Cake Boss” from the hit T.V show “Cake Boss”. He started at his bakery shop when he was 17 and worked with his dad. Now he is 38. He runs the bakery shop with his family and close friends. His show is about him making cakes for special occasions, weddings, birthdays etc. I think the show is very fascinating to see how they make all the little decorations, and how it’s ALL edible!

Conclusion

I think that this is a great job to have even thought is can be stressful. If you have ever seen the show “Cake Boss” you can see how they get stressed to finish a cake by the deadline. I think being a baker would be fun, making sweet treats all day, and knowing how to for any occasion, plus, the pay is pretty good, as a beginner, about $9 dollars an hour, and with medium experience, about $11 and as a expert, $13 dollars. This job would be suitable for anyone who likes math, or is good at it, or someone who just truly enjoys baking!