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Mixing and baking a wide range of breads and pastries, showing both skill, attention to detail, and an ability to work within fixed timeframes.

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Why is this skill important?

Close your eyes and imagine the sight, smell, and pleasure of enjoying the product of skilled bakers!  The baker is a highly skilled professional who produces a wide range of bread and pastry items such as instant breads, sweet dough, rye breads, croissants, brioche, artisan breads, and puff pastry products commercially.

Years of training and a high degree of specialist knowledge and skill is required, and the expert baker will be proficient in wide range of specialist techniques, tools and equipment to mix, process and bake the variety of breads needed. Artistic talent and attention to detail are required alongside the ability to work effectively and economically in order to achieve outstanding results within set timeframes.

Bakers must have a good understanding of reformulating recipes and adapting to changing environments and tastes. The professional baker appreciates the quality of their ingredients, and respects those ingredients working to high levels of food hygiene and safety. 

Specialist bakers may work in high quality hotels, smaller country bakeries or specialised bakeries. It is often the case that specialist retail shops display and sell hand-made and decorated pastry products, artisan breads and decorative dough, which are prepared using the skills of a specialist baker to tempt us all. Yum!

Could this skill be for you?

If you like:

  • Making things
  • Craftsmanship
  • Being creative

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The Challenge

Important elements of the challenge include:

  • Each Competitor will measure and inspect the quality of ingredients.

  • Next, various bakery products are produced.

  • An artistic talent and attention to detail are required in this Skill.

  • Judges are looking for those who work to high levels of food hygiene.

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How to compete

To reach the level of skills required to compete in a WorldSkills Competition takes several years of training and dedication. But the best time to start is now.

Find out more about how to take part in a WorldSkills Competition.