Originally Posted by annie84
I have not yet had to hire employees, but one of the shops in my area had some good advice when I took a course from her. She said that she hires students in the arts program from the local university. It's easier to teach a creative person how to work with details on a cake than to teach someone who knows something about cake, how to be creative. I read Duff Goldman's book recently and he also mentioned that almost all of his employees have some sort of art or creative background and very few went to culinary school like he did.
I would guess if you are hiring students, they probably aren't going to want to steal your ideas and recipes because opening their own shop won't be a longterm goal.
This is a really good idea....I have also heard of having students come as interns...then you don't even have to pay them. Maybe culinary students would work great for baking up your layers for you. Then more artistic people to work with your designs.
I'm self taught for the most part...I've had a few helps here and there, and then worked at a caterer for a year (hired based on my portfolio) which really increased my confidence with wedding cakes and broadened my knowledge of baking and desserts (which had been very limited) but I guess I would be an example of someone who could do the cakes based on art experience rather than culinary school.