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Hello! I am a 20 year old line cook working in a fine dining restaurant in Canada. Due to personal reasons I am planning to move to London, UK. I am wondering if you have any advice about how I should go about trying to find a job. Also where I am in Canada there seems to be plenty of cooking jobs at fine dining restaurants. I am wondering if is the same in London ?Honestly ,I am a bit scared to move due to the financial problems Europe is experiencing and higher unemployment.

Thank you for your help

post #2 of 5

Well i consider London a food meca in Europe ( obviously not like france , or italy ) but yes their still exists fine dining restaurants in London. 

My chef got a short term scholarship in le cordon bleu , and she said their is alot someone can learn from working there a bit. 

 

Also im pretty sure you can fine a job , depending on your resume..... don´t expect it to be easy though , im sure there are various of young culinary apprentices in London , along with culinary grads , so don´t expect to be working the line so quickly , not that it can´t be done. 

 

Also how will you be staying there? Are you getting a work visa , a tourist visa , etc....

Because im pretty sure depening on the restaurant , they wont hire someone so quickly ( and pay that person so well ) if they dont have the papers explaining their status in the country. 

 

My honest opinion ?

Well i hate to be the bubble burster , but if i was in your shoes i would work the field in Canada a bit longer , and wait till i get older , wait till maybe Europes unemployment rate is better , and wait till i have legal papers, along side with a potential job offer.

 

Canda does have alot of high end places to work at , and well not just high end but decent mom and pop places as well. You can find different cuisines in Canada , and actually work under some great chefs. I dont know what part of Canada you are in , but i would probably reconsider my plans and stick awhile longer and wait for at least another year or 2 until more experience is gained and more $$$ in my pocket. 

 

Maybe you can get a great job , get papers , compete with the rest of the crowd , and work your way up , but again , you will be in another country , you are young , and well , getting permanent or part time residence will be difficult ... remembering that their is a higher risk of failure partaining to this decision , at least that what i think , considering the amount of information you gave out so far. 

 

P.S. i noticed your moving due to personal reasons , remember i answered the questions not thinking about that , and solely stated my honest opinion , nothing against your at all , its just how i see the situation.  

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post #3 of 5
Hey, I am an American citizen looking to work in London or anywhere in South UK. Any information would be greatly appreciated . txjw
post #4 of 5
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Btw I forgot to add I have an EU passport too. Thanks for the comments so far!

post #5 of 5

Hi!

 

I was too thinking to move UK, Germany, France or so on.

Im too 20 years old and have worked in few bib and michelin starred restaurants, be in few competitions in my country but does thoes ''titles'' count so much in abroad plus when im so young still?

I know that, i can go to work abroad via companys and they'l do paper works and visas so on and get me some place to work&stay but the works are the ''shit'' jobs..

 

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