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For pastry chefs looking to expand their horizons and experience new cultures, working abroad can be a dream come true. From gaining exposure to new techniques and ingredients to making connections with top pastry chefs from around the world, working abroad is an opportunity not to be missed. However, it’s important to be aware of the challenges involved and to prepare yourself for success. In this article, we’ll provide tips to help improve your chances of finding employment abroad as a pastry chef.

Build a strong professional portfolio

One of the main challenges of finding employment abroad is proving that what you bring to the table is something that can’t be found in the local job market. As a young pastry chef, there are two ways to help make sure your resume stands out:

  • Accrue experience in international kitchens in your country. The best way to do this would be to do internships with restaurants that have an international presence or with multinational hotels like Marriott or Shangri La. These kitchens train you and operate according to international standards, which can only be good for building a strong resume.
  • Enroll in a Pastry Arts certificate program with international recognition. Internationally-backed programs, like Ecole Ducasse at Enderun Colleges’ 8-month Pastry Arts course, are a good way to make your resume stand out. After all, holding a certificate from a globally recognized culinary school helps assure would-be employers that you have received proper and intensive training from world-renowned instructors.

Familiarize yourself with the techniques and recipes of your preferred country

Each country has its own unique food culture, and as a pastry chef, it’s important to understand these differences and be familiar with local ingredients, techniques, and styles. Having a keen understanding of these factors can help you develop the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for when hiring foreign employees. For example, pastry chefs interested in working in France will benefit from taking a pastry arts program, like the one offered by Ecole Ducasse Manila at Enderun Colleges, that teaches French techniques and recipes.

Network with other pastry chefs and industry professionals

Networking is key in any industry, and the pastry industry is no exception. Attend food events and trade shows, join professional organizations, and seek out other pastry chefs who have worked abroad to get advice and tips. You never know who might be able to help you find a job or provide a recommendation.

Learn the language of your preferred country ahead of time

In many cases, employers are willing to hire the right candidate even if the person does not speak the local language. However, knowing how to speak the country’s language beforehand is a significant advantage for an international applicant. After all, being able to effectively communicate with your new coworkers right off the bat makes the transition easier for all parties involved. Consider taking a language course during your spare time.