I will be graduating culinary school in a few months here in London, and I'd like to work for a year or two in the industry before opening a gastropub of my own. I've been in the bar business for ten years, and my family has been in the bar business for about 30 years, but we've never offered food in our bars (a wet bar of our types is actually quite common where we're from). While planning a new pub project, my interest in the food aspect of the project grew over a period of two years and I decided to travel to London to complete a quick, intensive (six to nine hours per day, six days per week) cuisine program.
Anyway, I'm looking to work after completing culinary studies in July. I love to travel, and I'm open to moving almost anywhere in the world.
If I'm unable to find a job, I'll probably just go with my original plan of hiring a head chef and kitchen staff and working a few days out of the week in the kitchen myself.
Some places I'm considering:
New Zealand (I hear there is a shortage of chefs)
Japan (expat-owned, or other English-speaking work environments)
Cape Town, South Africa
If anyone has information or personal experience of the aforementioned locations, much appreciated if you could share.