Bakers produce a wide range of bread and pastry items by mixing ingredients according to recipes.
Bakers must have an intimate knowledge of the ingredients of baking products, as well as the optimum temperatures and timings each will require for perfect results. Artistic talent and attention to detail are needed alongside the ability to work effectively and economically in order to achieve outstanding results within set timeframes. Bakers work to high levels of food hygiene and safety and have a good understanding of reformulating recipes and adapting to changing environments and tastes.
Most bakers work in retail or commercial bakeries, grocery stores or wholesale club stores, and restaurants. Bakers with years of experience have the best job opportunities, with employment driven by the growing demand for specialty baked products.