How to cook to find work abroad

2018 | 11 | 04 1657

Cooking vacancy is one of the most popular with our compatriots. This is not surprising, considering how talented Ukrainians, Russians and Belarusians are in this profession. Finding a job in catering establishments abroad, from elite to bistro, is not difficult, having the necessary skills, qualifications and willingness to make a little effort to find.

Employment in Europe has become much more accessible. But before booking tickets, anticipating joyful prospects, find out a few nuances:

  1. What language, other than English, you need to know.
  2. What documents need to be issued, whether the diploma of education requires confirmation.
  3. What salary to expect.
  4. Where to look for work, whether it can be done independently.
  5. What are the difficulties of the chef to be prepared.

Requirements for cooks

The package of documents required for employment includes:

  • diploma of education with apostil;
  • licenses, certificates of attendance of courses, culinary seminars;
  • sanitary book;
  • foreign or biometric passport.


At the request of the employer, sometimes a certificate of good conduct with a government transfer is required. The presence of a workbook, characteristics from a previous job increases the chances of finding a high-paying job. Like a work visa. But without education documents one can hardly count on a high sn, but sometimes cooks are taken to work only with a passport.

The need for knowledge of the language depends on the level of the institution where you want to work. In a restaurant or institution of a similar level of knowledge of English or local language is required. In fast foods, you can often do without it. You will learn immediately from the carriers.

Professional cooking skills are equally important. Standard requirements are:

  • experience in a similar position from 1 year;
  • age from 30 to 50 years for the cook, up to 30 - assistant;
  • the ability to prepare high-quality dishes of varying complexity: meat, fish side dishes, hot and cold appetizers, pastries, desserts;
  • readiness to serve banquets for 50-500 guests;
  • harvesting products;
  • clear organization of the work of the team, maintaining cleanliness in the workplace;
  • desire to improve, regularly undergo training.


Also in the work of the cook is important talent for experimentation and leadership skills, contributing to a well-coordinated teamwork.

European wage rate

Even low wages abroad are significantly higher than domestic ones. Let us consider in more detail some features for each country separately.

In Bulgaria, the cook can receive about 600-900 euros / month. At the same time, there is usually no taboo for additional part-time work, and accommodation is paid by the employer. Knowledge of the Bulgarian language is not mandatory, work for the most part seasonal - in the resorts.

In Germany you can count on 1200-2500 €. For the first time you can be provided with accommodation and even provide food, in the future the rent will cost at least 250 euros. At the vacancy of the chef, you can get only with the knowledge of German.

In Latvia you will receive approximately, as in Bulgaria. You may not have to pay for accommodation, and you will need to work 5 days a week for 8-12 hours / day.

In Lithuania, the same level of salary and working conditions, but, most likely, accommodation will be paid.

The average salary of a Polish chef is 500-1000 € / month. The local currency starts at 12 zł / hour. Housing is sometimes provided by the employer, and sometimes you have to rent it for 150-200 zł / month. Knowledge of Polish and English is welcome.

Italy is pleased with the level of salaries up to 1500 euros. If you’re lucky, you’ll find yourself working in a Russian-speaking restaurant, but English never hurts.

In France, the chefs earn about 1200-1700 €. But the requirements for skill are much higher, because gourmets from all over the world come here.

Pros and cons of a cook abroad

The main advantages of employment abroad include:

  • A wide choice of vacancies of a different level of professional training.
  • Equivalent chances to get a prestigious position for women and men.
  • Decent pay.
  • Comfortable working conditions.
  • The ability to combine the duties of cook with study, which contributes to the advancement of the career ladder.

But there is a fly in the ointment:

  1. A large amount of work, especially in popular institutions with the influx of tourists.
    Work shift from 8 to 12 hours. Work it is not easy, but it will depend on earnings.
  2. Potentially dangerous working conditions, as in any kitchen. No one is insured against injuries in the workplace, even at home.
  3. In addition, you will have the opportunity to travel to neighboring countries. In Europe, traveling across the border is very simple, so you can use your holiday with pleasure: go shopping or sightseeing, discover new cities, join the local culture.

Search for work and housing

You can find a vacancy yourself on the sites of catering establishments or special exchanges for the employment of our citizens abroad. Word of mouth can also contribute to the establishment of useful connections: finding work in Europe through friends is safer than trying to do it yourself. To protect yourself from fraudsters, ask for feedback on agencies that offer their services to those who want to work abroad.

The issue of accommodation is important to decide before departure. Some employers provide their employees with a room or place in a hostel. Sometimes you have to pay utility bills from your pocket. But if the contract does not include free housing, then calculate in advance how much it will cost you. With the minimum difference between earnings and spending, better look for another job.

Meals, which every cook must be able to cook
It happens that successful employment does not end with the conclusion of a contract and the preparation of documents. If you deliberately go to work in a particular institution, it is better to get acquainted with its menu in advance. What will be your surprise when on arrival it turns out that not all dishes are familiar to you.

Top positions in European menus include:

  1. Egg dishes for breakfast. The more variations you know, the better.
    Pizza. Especially in Italian countries. And the dough for her need to be able to cook perfectly.
  2. Risotto It is important to know the proportions of the spices, so as not to spoil the taste of the dish.
  3. Paste. A classic dish that is easy to make inedible. Cooking requires a certain skill.
  4. Meat. Especially steaks of varying degrees of roasting.
  5. A fish. Different in appearance, method of preparation.
  6. Cream soup. The popular dining position of most restaurants.
  7. Dessert. Apple charlotte, napoleon and ice cream must be able to cook any self-respecting professional.
  8. It is not enough to know the technology, the theory, you need to have practical experience, your own vision. The ability to experiment in the kitchen is always welcomed and encouraged by employers.

If you soberly assess your capabilities and are ambitious enough to develop in a profession abroad, then we wish you a successful search!

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