Staging in the pastry/baking world ?

Discussion in 'Professional Pastry Chefs' started by ihoop, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. ihoop

    ihoop

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    Hey all,

    I am currently a part time line cook at a restaurant that I enjoy working at.  I really do love food, and have a desire to gain knowledge about anything and everything food related...

    I feel pretty confident in my cooking abilities, but I do want to learn how to do some baking.

    In my city there is a really amazing French bakery.  It is run by an extremely nice Vietnamese couple, and located in a Vietnamese neighborhood.   The head baker trained in Paris for a number of years and really knows what he is doing.  They make the best baguettes and croissants I have ever tasted.  I have been thinking about asking the owner if I could possibly come in once a week and just work for free to learn more about what he is doing.  Is this type of thing unheard of in the pastry/baking world?  Would it be strange for me to just ask him, or do you think he would be excited to get some free help?

    -Ihoop
     
  2. nightscotsman

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    In my experience almost nobody turns down free help. Definitely ask - the worst thing that will happen is they say "no". Then you just keep asking once a week until they say "yes" ;-)