Taking a baking class can help you learn more about the art and science of baking.
Has anyone ever tasted your baked goods and commented how good you are at it? Have you often heard the phrases “You should become a baker!”, or “If you decide to sell your baked goods, we would buy it in a heartbeat!”? Whether you are interested in baking as a hobby, as a means to earn extra money, you can benefit from taking a baking class. However, if you dream of turning your love of baking into a full-time career, the best way to go about achieving your goal is to attend pastry and baking classes.
Why Take a Baking Class?
One of the best things about deciding to enroll in a baking class is that you have diverse options to choose from. There are baking lessons designed for those who are beginners, those who need and want to learn advanced baking methods and techniques, as well as those who are interested in putting up a bakery. Additionally, there are special baking courses that are available for those who intend to improve their knowledge and skill in a specific area, such as cake decorating.
The first and most obvious reason to go to a baking school is to learn the best methods straight from the most skillful and professional instructors. Not only do they have in-depth knowledge about creating delicious cakes and pastries, most of them have years of experience in the industry and they can give you an honest critique of your work to help you improve. Their guidance and training are valuable to your growth as a baker, and not just in terms of your baking technique, but also learning to work in a clean and organized manner inside the kitchen, and working with a team of other like-minded people.
Secondly, all that time you spend in lectures and actual hands-on baking, and seeing the end product of your hard work will pay off and help boost your self-esteem.
If, by the time you finish your baking class, you decide you want to pursue a career in the field, the extensive knowledge and skills you acquired will be beneficial to subsequent your efforts to either apply to colleges for culinary arts or begin establishing your career as a professional baker. In addition, there are baking and pastry courses that include lessons on developing a business plan and identifying your target market which are valuable for those whose ambition it is to open their own bakery.
Starting with a Local Baking Class
The first place to look for baking classes is the schools in your area, such as a community college, or adult education center. Most of these institutions offer local baking classes, and most offer evening or weekend baking classes which is ideal for those who have full-time jobs. You can also try checking your local newspaper to see if they list baking programs for residents. The Yellow Pages are also a great resource for pastry and baking schools nearby.
Your family and friends, or local grocers might also be able to recommend baking classes that they’ve heard about or tried themselves.
In case time is an issue for you, whether due to professional or personal obligations, you may also turn to the Internet to check out online baking classes, some of which are offered for free.
Becoming a Professional Baker
Although there is no formal education required in order to become a baker, some employers prefer candidates who have attended a technical or culinary school. Other professional bakers start their careers through bakery apprenticeships.