As India continues to develop at a rapid pace, influences from the Western world can be seen across the country. The most obvious signs are clothing styles and pop-culture references, but a new western trend is fueling the growth of the baking industry in India.
As more and more citizens begin to travel to western countries, they are developing a taste for sweets from around the world. As a result, bakeries and patisseries representing flavors of the western world are popping up in major metropolitan areas.
“As Indians are increasingly travelling out of the country, especially to Europe, their tastes are getting more refined,” said pastry chef of the Renaissance Mumbai Convention Center and Lakeside Chalet Marriott Executive Apartments Santosh Rawat, according to DNA.
India’s new sweet tooth has caused their baking industry to be one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. As demand for these sweet treats continues to rise, so does the need for skilled bakers.
Baking and pastry arts is a specialized field of the prepared food industry that is based around working with different types of grains. This is not a traditional part of India’s cuisine, so exposure to this type of skill is extremely limited for citizens interested in turning baking into their career. India also lacks sufficient infrastructure and instructors to pass on the art of baking and pastry making.
While many people might enjoy baking as a hobby, turning those leisurely baking skills into the necessary skill set required to work in the commercial baking industry is not an easy task. At the moment, India simply doesn’t have the educational facilities that are necessary to train the number of bakers and pastry chefs needed to meet the country’s demand for more sweets.
India may not be prepared to keep up with the high demand for international sweets at the moment, but the country’s changing tastes leave the door open for new opportunities for aspiring chefs.