Many pastry chef positions require long days with untraditional hours. If you specialize in breads and breakfast pastries, expect to start your day around 3 or 4 a.m. Bread takes a while to rise, and a lot of work goes into preparing and baking pastry dough. If you're one of those people who can't stand talking to anyone early in the morning, pastry chef might be the job for you. You'll likely be alone in the kitchen during those wee hours of the morning -- just you, your flour and your mixer. Many chefs find the solitary process of baking to be a very Zenlike experience. So, if you'd prefer your morning meditation to occur over breads, yeast and pastry cream, get in touch with your inner baking Buddha.