Pros & Cons of a Pastry Chef_ Pastry chef careers can be rewarding yet tiring. While all pastry chefs must be bakers, not all bakers are pastry chefs. Both careers require similar skills in measuring and mixing ingredients to create a wide variety of baked goods and an understanding of different leavening agents. However, a pastry chef is typically expected to bring more creativity to the table in both recipe development and food presentation.
Four months ago, half a year shy of his 35th birthday, Nik Sharma took a leap of faith. “Growing up, I’d wanted to be a chef, but I decided to choose a more stable path — I went into molecular biology,” Sharma told Yahoo Food.