Not All Pastry is Puff
By The Bad Bitches | @TheBadBitches
We live in a world where chefs are treated as rock stars, visionaries, and artists. Trends are always changing, but lately, these motorcycle riders charge into kitchens with rolled up sleeves revealing tattoo-covered arms, wielding the sharpest Japanese knives, dishing out the most cutting (pun intended) of words for anyone who has treated radishes unjustly.
Now picture a pastry chef.
It’s funny how the simple injection of the word ‘pastry’ between ‘a’ and ‘chef’ can mean a completely different thing. While we all love a misunderstood, constantly irritated, sexy genius of a chef, we must also celebrate the elusive flour and sugar covered being tucked away in the darkest corner of the kitchen.
There is a stigma that pastry is “women’s work”, which is preposterous. Sure, a lot of women are drawn to the world of confection, but there are also plenty of burly men who harbour a deep-rooted passion for pastry.
Pastry is a beautiful ancient craft that is just as much science as it is art. Requiring much practice and patience, pastry is not for the faint of heart. Many souffles will fall along the way.
It’s a shame that we build kitchens where pastry chefs are treated as second class, where female chefs are offended for being mistaken for pastry chefs (which is bullshit, but not because pastry is a lesser craft than cooking).
Let’s live in a world where one kind of chef is not better than another, a world where we can walk hand-in-hand while using the other hand to feed each other duck confit and bread pudding.
Ultimately we all have the same goal: to be the best in our field and create an experience that truly moves people from start to finish.
We must also remember that we are better together. A great meal is even better when finished with the perfect dessert. On the flipside, a diner who has had a poor experience probably won’t even give the pastry chef a chance to shine.
Hug your pastry chef today and maybe think about bringing them a pizza for every time they have brought you a cookie. #hugyourpastrychef