14 Jan '11, 10pm

Pastry chefs: Not just a piece of cake

HERE'S a quick bolt from the blue: Pastries have not just been about pastry for some time. We're talking baked goods like tarts and such. Allow the following analogy, if you will: When it comes to what a pastry chef does for a living, or the areas of expertise he or she specialises in, the truth is, pastry chefs don't do just pastry any more. Today's pastry chefs very much like mixed-martial arts exponents. Minus the cauliflower ears. Pastry chef Janice Wong explained: "People generally see pastry chefs as connoisseurs of confectionary, cakes and chocolates only, and plated desserts were somehow neglected for a period of time. However, this has certainly changed in the past few years." Yes, the responsibilities of a pastry chef (or "pastry cook" according to a trusted food encyclopedia) is a-changin' with the times. With the rising demands of a globally competitive market,...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Food/EDC110115-0000171/Not-jus...

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