Finishing Culinary School soon...what would be the best option?

Discussion in 'After Culinary School' started by hmirchev, Jan 6, 2018.

  1. hmirchev

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    Hi everyone,

    I've been digging around the forum quite a bit lately and finally decided to make a profile with the intention on getting some advice on what to do after I finish culinary school.

    First off, I'm going to be graduating with a culinary arts associate's degree this upcoming May. I currently reside in the US, but I have a European passport, as well a US citizenship, so I can pretty much travel and work/stay anywhere in the US or Europe indefinitely.

    Second, I've been wanting to go to Europe after I get my degree and work in a good established restaurant there, preferably in Spain/France/Italy or the UK. I have some work experience working in a restaurant, both front and back of the house, and I'm confident in my abilities. I'm interested in finding a good internship, but I'm not sure how I should go about finding one in Europe or in the US. Of course, if I go the internship route, I'd either need a paid position, or a place which would be able to provide room and board.

    Also, if I was to look for jobs online and apply, and they are in different parts of the world, how would the interview process go? I've been told to look for and take the best opportunities which present themselves, as well as working under great chefs, in order to have a real chance of prospering rapidly in this industry. I'm very open to learning new things and I have no problem with working in a top restaurant, without getting any pay, but only if I'm able to have a place to eat and sleep.

    I would appreciate any ideas, help, advice, or any other insights you guys might have that would help me out. Thank you in advance.
     
  2. jimyra

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    Welcome to Cheftalk. I don't know about working around the world. I do know working under great chefs starts out peeling potatoes and shelling beans. I don't want to discourage you but prospering rapidly in the food service industry take time. Good luck.
     
  3. hmirchev

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    So I emailed a ton of restaurants in Sweden, Denmark, and the Netherlands, and one of the best restaurants in Copenhagen offered me a stage, and I'll be going there in August. I'm really excited. Can't wait to learn about the new Nordic cuisine and how to use seasonal ingredients to their full potential.
     
  4. sgmchef

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    Hi hmirchev,

    Since you said "wanting to go to Europe" I assume you haven't been there yet. You may want to investigate a company called "Ryan Air". They have four airports in Denmark. Round trip to London is less than $50 bucks from Copenhagen. IF you get a break, and can afford it, a cheap trip to Spain for Tapas sounds good to me, still less than a hundred. NO frills flying at its best.

    I hope you get together with a local resource to help you with local customs and laws stuff. You should really have fun there! Be open to the new ideas and ways of doing things. There are many little details to deal with.

    The harder you work, the more you will get out of the experience.

    Sounds like you are committed to going, so post any specific questions you can think of. Someone will probably know an answer.

    Good Luck! Have Fun!