If you’ve been to any Disney park, chances are good that you’ve seen the beautiful confection counters inside different sweets shops.
Elaborately decorated treats like caramel apples, fudge, rice krispy treats, cookies, and more are displayed in these windows for guests to purchase. You’ll usually find different treats for sale, depending on the season or other events going on. But how do the incredible confections get to these counters in the first place? Disney just released an interview with a pastry chef at Disneyland Paris that gives us all an inside look at everything that has to happen for the treats to make it to you.
Thomas is a pastry chef at Les Délices de Minnie — which translates to “Minnie’s Delights” — at Disneyland Paris. This is the main pastry shop for Disneyland Paris, and it provides treats for most of the confection locations in the park. They especially focus on making treats for buffet restaurants, like Plaza Gardens Restaurant.
Thomas reported that there are about thirty people on his team at Les Délices de Minnie, including “a kitchen porter, a weekend kitchen porter, a kitchen steward, a storekeeper, and a delivery man,” as well as “the different pastry chefs, assistant, demi, chef de parti and sous chef pastry chefs and Benoit, the chef.”
The long day of pastry making begins at 6AM for Thomas, who arrives at the kitchen and gets it all ready for the rest of the Cast Members. He turns on the equipment and welcomes the morning shift Cast Members.
Desserts are made the day before they’re needed, so the team begins by finishing up any last-minute touches and decorations for that day’s batch before sending them out. Around 8 or 9AM, the rest of the team arrives and they all work together to create the desserts for the following day.
The desserts might be classic treats or special holiday and event creations, depending on the time of year and what’s happening in the parks. For example, recently they’ve been focusing on Christmas-themed desserts like a “Christmas tree–shaped gingerbread with a Christmas print on it and a Rodolphe tartlet with caramel praline.”
According to Thomas, the team makes between “4,000 and 8,000 pastries per person every day”! WOW.
But the day-to-day pastry creation isn’t the only part of this job. The chefs are also involved with dreaming up NEW treats for the parks and then bringing those ideas to life.
Members on their team are free to make up their own creations and recipes and then present those to management. If they’re approved, those creations might become the next treat guests find in the display cases!
And that’s a day in the life of a Disney pastry chef, at least over at Disneyland Paris! It sounds like a LOT of work, but we’re so grateful that the talented Cast Members share their delicious creations with us in the Disney parks. Keep following DFB for more of the latest Disney news!
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