I'm from South Africa. What do I need to get in order to work overseas as a commis chef?
I am a commis/trainee chef. I have less than 1 year's experience.
I am a sporty guy . I spend most my time in the kitchen trying new things. When I'm not in the kitchen I surf or relax at the beach.
I like new ventures. I have a roll-up-my-sleeves attitude. I enjoy spicy service times. I am willing to be trained and learn new things. I am a quick thinker and find ways to solve problems as quickly as possible. I am a team player. I can do what's expected of me and I'm capable of being left alone to do tasks assigned to me.
I take responsibility for my failures and won't disappoint when I'm given a second chance #career #chef #travel #iamthesecretingredient #culinary
I have an SA friend posted in Nigeria as Chef de Cuisine now. I have hired many foreigners in more entry level positions in Gulf Countries where whole hotels could be staffed by foreigners, not only the management positions.
What could be most advantageous is if you will stagier at a top restaurant either where you are or perhaps in Europe where that system is quite normal process and then apply for higher positions like Demi CDP or CDP with the finer dining experience under your belt. Pays better and the experience could be more to your expectation in Middle east that is.
If you get up to sous chef at some point say in Dubai or similar, you could possibly get a chance to transfer to Asia in those mid level positions. That's how it works still.
You can start by trying to get some experience working in top hotels in your country. Relevant work experience to showcase your skills can put you a step forward in grabbing opportunities to work overseas.
Look out for apprentice programs that are being offered by hotels. I found a few and hope it helps you: