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Baker Job Description
Posted by: Ira Sider, July 07, 2012
There are many facets of a baker’s job. From those who work in restaurants, to those who run their own business out of their homes, the careers may seem worlds apart for being in the same industry. However, there are certain aspects of the baker job description that hold true across all positions, locations and skill levels. Ultimately, there is always an end product in mind that is meant to be consumed and enjoyed by the recipients and purchasers of the product.
Here are a few of the job functions that can be expected across all baking positions.
Daily hours – The hours of a baker tend to be different than those of the typical 9-to-5 business days. This is because baked goods need to be ready, fresh and on the shelves when doors open. Because many of the clients of a bakery come in first thing in the morning, it is necessary for some bakers to start work in the middle of the night. Others, such as those in the restaurant industry, can wait until a bit later in the day, but are still required to be at work prior to the doors opening so all goods have ample time to be prepared.
Meeting and speaking with clients – The majority of bakers speak with their clients. Those who work in local shops, independent business owners and even those who work at restaurants are often called out to meet with a customer. If there is a custom order, such as a wedding cake or catered event, interaction is necessary to ensure that a high-quality product that meets expectations is delivered.
Good hygiene – This is perhaps the most important aspect of any baker’s job description. Maintaining good hygiene, such as washing hands frequently, pulling hair back and practicing good habits when using kitchen gear, is vital to the success of a business. If good hygiene is not maintained, safety standards can be compromised and customers may fall ill from eating the food.
Mixing and matching – Another important aspect is to understand the art of food. It is up to the professionals to know how ingredients combine to form specific types of breads, pastries, cakes and more. Without this knowledge, batches of baked goods can be ruined, wasting time and resources.
Decorating the final product – For people who do catered events, weddings or specialized desserts, it is sometimes requested that the final product be dressed up and decorated to the customer’s expectations.
Cleanup – Similar to good hygiene, it is important that all baking surfaces are cleaned up after use. This ensures high safety standards in the kitchen and prevents any foodborne illnesses.
The job description of a baker changes slightly over various industries and positions. However, these factors of cleanliness, artfulness and an advanced skill set remain vital to each job position.