Introduction to the Professional Bread Kitchen

Basic Principles and Terms

Appears in
The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Bread Baking

By French Culinary Institute

Published 2021

  • About
When moving from the home kitchen into the professional bakery, it becomes necessary for the baker to rethink the habits of a lifetime. Bread baking cannot make the leap from chore to art without many principles, rules, and terms becoming second nature. Before learning basic bread-baking skills and techniques, the fledgling baker must, without thinking, be able to step into the kitchen with a complete understanding of the classic bread-baking terms, the rules guiding personal and workspace hygiene, and the standards of professional bread baking. When contemplating bread making as a profession, it is important to realize from the outset that a professional baker’s life is a disciplined one guided by a set of unwavering standards. If you follow these standards and guidelines, the rewards will be greater efficiency, ease of preparation, and enjoyment of performing the tasks at hand.