Like any other profession, a baker requires certain qualities to qualify as a good baker.
We have consolidated a list of qualities for individuals aspired to be a good baker:
· Passion and good leadership
· Good numerical skills
You will need to measure ingredients, order ingredients that are needed and plan cooking times extensively therefore being good with numbers is an added bonus.
Anyone can bake but to stand out from your competition, the element of creativity is necessary as you are able to offer something different from the crowd.
· Able to work under pressure
Baking is a lot about timing, timing and timing. It is important to grasp the right timing that may cause unnecessary stress. The ability to face the immense amount of stress when the end product does not turn out as expected.
· Good organisational skills
This is essential to keep your ingredients in check and to prevent the kitchen from turning into a warzone every time you bake. Baking can be a tricky thing with so many nitty gritty things to take note of but with good organizational skills, baking will be a breeze.
· Awareness of safety and hygiene rules
Not only should your baking creations taste good, they should also reach strict hygiene standards. You want the people who consume your food to stay safe too. Some countries (especially Singapore) have stringent rules on food safety and hygiene that you should be aware of.
· Reasonable level of physical fitness
As per every job, you need to be physically fit to carry out the job tasks. Baking also consists of carrying heavy trays laden with baking goods and sacks of flour and sugar etc. All these carrying require a fit body to carry out.
· The ability to work in a team
Teamwork is extremely important in a kitchen. You need to be able to work with other people to make beautiful creations on a large-scale. Communication with your team members ensures that things are done efficiently and quickly as well.
This will allow the baker to be sure of the exact mass he/she wants to produce the desired baked goods.
· Time consciousness
This attributes to the ability to carry out and meet orders within the designated time frame.
You need to be able to express your intentions to the people working with you. Clarity is key as one tiny mistake will contribute to the imperfection of the final product.
A baker does not just bake goods but has to take on many different responsibilities. Just like how a teacher does not just teach but has to helm administrative duties, a baker has to learn to work with other people besides just knowing how to bake.