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What's it like to be a baker?

#baker I love red velvet.

Thank you comment icon It's not an easy job. it's not like what portray on tv, eg "Cake Boss" etc. But like what you do, so, even this is not easy, you will strive on Layhoon

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Karen’s Answer

Hi Hope,

I think this depends on what approach you want. A brief way to put it; it's hard, hot and time consuming. But if it brings you joy and you know how to orginize your time you should go for it.

Being a baker can be creative work when developing recipes, "strict" since a small change on a recipe can affect the whole outcome, "heavy" requires arm excercise or sometimes even lifting, time consuming/planning you need to get the times right.

For me I didn't do any formal study, I bake on my free time, it started as a hobby and then I started selling to my co-workers, I opened an instagram page and sold to general public. I only sell on weekends when I'm free, only the ammount I know I'm capable to bake. I love flavors and experimenting so I always make new recipes and share them once they are ready. I personally don't know all recipes by heart so I will write them and reach to my notebook once in a while.

I know for sure that studying baking is a lot stricter than what I do, but since I do it as a relaxation time I'm not ready for it.

Karen recommends the following next steps:

Define why do you like baking
Define what would you like to do with it
Get different process baking books
See/investigate formal study options
Reach out to people through mutual contacts or people you know who are bakers
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Bryan’s Answer

My in-laws owned a bakery for years, it's a tough and HOT job working in front of ovens all day long but it is rewarding creating breads & pastries from scratch for other people to enjoy.
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