Hello, I am a recent graduate in culinary arts. I have a stage in October in France for possible hire afterwards. They only kitchen experience I have is my 4 month internship I needed to complete for graduation. I really want to land this job, but I am so nervous. What should I expect? Any advice??
Stage in France
It's great that you are doing your stage in France! It would be a great asset for your career.
For me, 4 month experience is nothing. If I were the chef of your stage place and want to hire a new grad, what I want to see is your basic skill set, work habit, willingness to learn and passion. I can teach skills but I can't change your natural character. Just be proactive for any assignments you get and ask questions if you are not sure.
Do you have EU passport? Understand basic french? I hope you do.
Hey, moved this thread to "After Culinary school" since it seemed more appropriate. I did the very thing you are doing so here is what I will tell you.
- Everyone tells you to speak french and in most cases discourages you that it will be to tough. I did not speak French I only new basic words I learned from my culinary school "Culinary French" class. I did just fine so don't worry about this. Just be attentive and learn what you need to learn.
- Bring a notebook and write everything down.
- Be prepared to work harder then you ever thought. I worked 6 days a week lunch and dinner with a few hour break in between. It is exhausting. If you are not in the best physical shape get your self in shape.
- Be honest about what you know don't try to pretend you know something you dont. Like Crosi said focus on the basics (working quickly, good knife skills, willingness to learn).
- Be prepared to make mistakes. The first day I was in France I was so nervous I cut my finger very badly. So badly the head chef took me to his office and had to bandage my finger. I did two things after that experience. I laughed and thanked God because in the big scheme of things it really did not matter what they thought about me. Second I never went to a job site with out my own supply of bandages in my knife kit.
Lastly, enjoy yourself it is a once in a lifetime experience. Hope that helps and encourages you!