To pastry chefs or bakers: would you recommend your job to others?

My wife is thinking of taking a patisserie course & becoming a pastry chef. At the same time, we’re also planning on having a baby, and when I talk to others about becoming a pastry chef, all I hear is about the long & weird working hours, the hard physical work standing all day in a hot & stuffy room, the pressure of getting everything perfect, and to top it off - the low pay esp. for starters. Is this all true? Other than these hardships, what are the rewards of this job?

Asked By: aherman11 - 1/21/2009
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The rewards can be great but your home life can suffer from the odd hours. Some people really love the early morning shifts, and by early I mean 3 AM, because you can tag team parent the kids, but the bakery is a really hard place to be pregnant. The smells can be overpowering so when you add in the super sensitive... More
Answered By: fairbetsy - 1/22/2009
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You have to stand on your feet for hours so if she has any kind of problem with that, it is an "issue... More
Answered By: Anonymous - 1/21/2009
about me BS in hotel/rest. then baking and pastry arts culinary degree. worked as pastry chef for 18 years in upscale hotels and restaurants. I loved the enviroment but it wasn't with out every thing you mentioned at some point in time and many days it was multiplied by 5. I suggest that your wife gets any... More
Answered By: chef3232 - 1/21/2009
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