Amateurs May Help Your Baking Education

Judging a local baking contest, or even just watching one, may be like taking a baking class. Chefs and advanced baking school students are often called upon to act as judges in these hometown competitions, and it may be one of the most fun parts of a baking career. Tasting the homemade goodies, both the successes and the fiascos, may add to your baking education.

Life is more than baking school

When you're in the middle of the exciting whirl that is baking school, all you may think of is your baking education. You're learning about ovens and flour and chemistry and all the information you'll need in your baking career. It's easy to forget that there's a world out there--outside your baking class.

Getting out and meeting people may be an important part of your baking education and may give you insights to carry forth into your baking career. Remember, the amateurs were baking long before there were professional bakers and chefs. More than half the recipes we create in our professional kitchens or learn in baking school started as traditional breads, pies, and cakes made in home ovens.

Exploration may make your baking career more interesting

Call it research, call it exploring, or call it just plain wandering. Many of the best chefs do it as part of their ongoing baking education. Traveling from place to place and meeting home bakers, or the bakers in small-town restaurants and bakeries, is like taking a series of special baking classes. Many of the so-called amateurs have little secrets that they pass from generation to generation. They may not have been to baking school, but they still have a lot to teach the professionals.