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3d chef: finding your place in the new world of work

On the occasion of the release of Nicolas Fayard’s book “What are we going to do with you? we explain to you this job of the future. At the Patisserie Numerique, we are several 3d chefs. We want to share with you our journey and our daily life in this article!

A book on the jobs of the future in the age of robots and artificial intelligence

Nicolas Hazard is the founder of INCO and one of the pioneers of impact in France. He works for the implementation of an ecological and solidarity economy. To do this, he has created a fund and an academy to train for the jobs of tomorrow.

In June 2022, he published a new book of portraits, to present the jobs of tomorrow. Its title: “What are we going to do with you?

The first part is dedicated to the 4th industrial revolution and how it will change the way people work. For this, he chose to present the job of 3d chef and the career of Marine Coré-Baillais, the founder of the Patisserie Numérique.

It is objectively a great book! So, we highly recommend you to read it to discover many new jobs. Another tip: it’s a great gift for those who have to choose their orientation. Now it’s exam time and a lot of students are taking default solutions. This book gives really concrete tracks. Conclusion: don’t hesitate to buy it at your favorite bookstore!

3D chef: is it really a job?

First, let’s agree on the definition of a 3d chef. For us, it is a chef who exploits 3d digital technology to create edible and gourmet products.

For example, he can use 3d digital manufacturing techniques like 3d printing or stratoconception to make custom molds for himself. Then, these custom molds can be made in silicone for entremets or thermoformed to make chocolate molds.

In addition, at Patisserie Numerique, we use 3d food printers to develop our own recipes and finished products. We have developed new additive manufacturing processes to go even further. Our goal: to invent a new Patissier Art with edible 3d printing.

Are you looking for examples of cakes made with digital technology? We present to you some of our favorite achievements in this article!

The daily life of a 3d chef

Now, let’s follow the typical day of a 3d cook. Of course, it takes place in a pastry lab or a professional kitchen. The 3d food printers are designed to respect all the hygiene criteria. For example, at Patisserie Numerique, we have installed them opposite the ovens.

In the morning, we make the preparations that we will print in 3d. For that, we use classic tools: mixer, Maryse, horn, etc… We place these pre-recipes in hermetic containers. They come to connect on our 3d printers as and when needed.

Then, we initialize the 3D printers, check that they are clean and functional and we load the program which will allow printing the part in 3D.

Third step: the printing phase itself. Our 3D printers are rather autonomous but as we launch several at the same time, we are always busy at this time!

Fourth step: the baking or freezing phase. This allows us to solidify the part and to use it more easily to finish the product. Because we mainly use food 3D printing to make parts for filling, which we fill with creams or other finishing elements.

3d printed pie
A cappuccino tart made with a 3D printed bottom

Moreover, this is the last step: with the 3D printed cookie, we come to realize the final product. We enjoy doing all the classical gestures of setting up and assembling that all the chefs around the world do. And we are very happy to propose these greedy moments to the tasting of our visitors or to the rest of the team!

At the end of the day, we think and imagine new shapes that we will model in 3d. For Marine, this is the greatest interest of the job, the constant dialogue between the recipe, the shape, and the machine.

Resources to go further

If you want to know more about our days, we advise you :

  • to buy Nicolas Hazard’s book 🙂
  • to watch this conference organized by Possible Future where Marine exchanges with Anne Cazor from Scinnov and the chef Frédéric Bau.

How to train to become a 3d chef?

Did the beginning of this article make you want to become a 3d chef?

First of all, an important reminder: to sell dishes or desserts made with a 3D printer (or not), in France, you have to pass a professional diploma! At first, you start with the CAP, but today there are training courses that go up to Bac+2, or even Bac+5.

So, where to train? There are many hotel schools and professional high schools in France. And good news for those who can’t devote their whole day to attending classes, they can register for many online courses and take the exams on their own.

Now let’s focus on the specific skills of the 3d cook or pastry chef. Beyond the classical training, there are many:

  • knowledge in 3d modeling to realize his designs
  • experience in 3d plastic printing to know the constraints
  • understanding of the chemical and physical phenomena that occur during the food printing process
  • be at ease with computer tools
  • creativity and desire to explore new territories!

Unfortunately, today there is no official diploma to become a 3d chef. Some schools and training centers for bakery-pastry integrate digital manufacturing tools in their educational path to raise awareness among students. For example, at the Paris bakery-pastry school, where Marine completed her CAP Patisserie.

Today, the best solution is to combine classical training with online tutorials and courses offered by some structures. For example, on our site, you will find resources :

Finally, you can also contact us for dedicated training or to join the team as an intern. Also, we regularly open new positions because we are often recruiting. Do not hesitate to write to us if this new job of a 3D chef is made for you!

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