My First Job: topping pizzas and packing pastries in a bakery

I started a weekend job in a bakery when I was sixteen, making pizzas.

It was messy, boring, smelly repetitive work, and by the end of each day my white overalls were splattered with so much tomato sauce that it looked like I had murdered someone.

I had to ladle tomato sauce onto pizza bases, sprinkle on some cheese, then place an olive and an anchovy on each one.

My duties soon progressed from topping pizzas to rolling croissants and inserting the chocolate sticks into pain au chocolat.

I became weekend supervisor in the packing department, where I individually wrapped croissants and cakes that were ordered by Heathrow and Gatwick airports, P&O Ferries, and Buckingham Palace.

my teenage self

Yes, it is quite possible that the Queen consumed a croissant that I helped to make.

Working in a bakery, as you can imagine, was quite lovely in winter, when I would be warmed by the ovens and soothed by the smell of hundreds of croissants being baked.

In summer, though, it was a different story; those ovens would torment me by raising the already high temperatures, and I would sweat while unloading hot croissants from the baking trays.

I used to sneak off to the huge walk-in fridges, where all the cream cakes and pastries were stored, and stand in there for a few minutes to cool myself down. As tempting as it was, I never stole any of the cream cakes.

Often there would be a delay while I was waiting for the croissants to bake, so I would head upstairs to the store-room, and eat handfuls of raisins, and occasionally, some of the sticks of dark chocolate that would otherwise be intended for the pain au chocolat.

Sometimes, to relieve the boredom, I would hide raisins in some of the croissants, wondering if anyone would notice when they ate them, smirking to myself as I imagined their surprise.

What was your first job? Comment below!

5 thoughts on “My First Job: topping pizzas and packing pastries in a bakery

  1. Hahah that’s a very interesting post! Especially the surprise raisins in the choc croissants! I’ve had the same line of job since I started working- IT. I know, Indian working in IT- biggest cliche ever lol

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