I was wondering if I truly need to officially sell cookies to enter into the list?
Because that's very hard to achieve in Germany (with very complicated medieval guild laws still being applied...). Selling cookies without having the official acknowledgement of the chamber of crafts (which is what the guilds are called nowadays) can get me into a lot of trouble.
But what I can do, absolutely legal, is barter. And I have done several sets which I changed for stuff, e.g. a bottle of perfume, hand-knitted socks. If that classifies for the directory, I would love to enter.
seriously, still medieval guild laws?! and do you also have to complete a 'master project' to be allowed membership of the chamber of crafts?
(medieval times are where my interests lay when studied and in early jobs)
Well, generally yes, that’s how it still is.
Though there are huge differences between the different crafts. E.g. for hairdressers and florists they changed the rules a couple of years ago, now it is enough to have finished your apprenticeship and ask for an exemption permit to open your shop without being a master – and that’s normally it.
For bakers on the other hand, you still need a master (which includes taking a master course, for appr. 8000€, a master test at the end and a master project). You can get an exemption permit for bakery products as well (which I could get for designing cookies), but you need to justify this and the chambers can still just reject without giving you a reason why. If they accept, you will need to take the master tests limited to your special field anyway (with the application fees, courses you need to take, etc. this comes very cheap at only about 2000-3000 €…). And then you get a special permit for only your local area and only for what you have been tested about.
With cookie design this is especially funny, as it is absolutely no part of a baker apprenticeship/master course and hardly any of the examiners know anything about it. Working with royal icing, or fondant, e.g. is still no part of either learning to be a baker, or even the addition pastry chef. But still those people insist that I can’t do it and they know better…
There are a lot of bakers/pastry chefs which actually do take courses with people like me (ordinary, self-taught citizens), as this is the only way they have of learning these things. The chambers don’t offer anything the like.
So these are the reasons that I don’t even consider taking this route and try to be allowed to officially sell my cookies – just imagine how long it would take to earn back my expenses! Especially as I don’t want to do this as a main job, but just an occasional set of cookies once in a while. And also, I can be pretty stubborn. This is a totally pointless procedure, taken directly from medieval guild laws to make sure that there is as little competition as possible. Even if the competition is no competition as it is offering something no baker offers. I’m not supporting something stupid like that!
And even if I did take all this pain, the next big problem would be the kitchen. I could never use the kitchen I have at home, it wouldn’t pass the test, not even after complete reconstruction for several thousand EUR – the main reason is that I have three cats, and a household with free running pets never gets permission to produce food. Meaning, I would have to rent a commercial space for a huge amount of money, too. What should I sell my cookies for??? 50 € per piece? Everything else would leave me with a loss!
OK, enough ranting. This whole topic is a red rag to me ;-)