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If you are looking for a chef job in London, there are a number of opportunities. There are over 30,000 chef jobs in London and the amount of hotels, restaurants, pubs and catering companies is enormous. Someone will always be looking for staff.
London, the city of endless opportunities. A city so vibrant and alive you will find yourself constantly busy discovering new places as well as experiencing fantastic sights and food.
We all know Samuel Johnson's quote, â€œWhen a man is tired of London, he is tired of life,â€ and it sure is true. It could also be said: â€œIf a man is hungry in London, it's his own faultâ€¦â€ With over eight million people living in London and many of them coming from all over the world the city has become a multicultural hotspot. It doesn't surprise then to find an extensive variety of restaurants with food from â€“ well, everywhere. India, Australia, China, Ireland, Pakistan, Morocco, South Africa, Brazil, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Mexico, USAâ€¦ choose any country and you will find its food in the capital. However, British food is up and coming again and more and more traditional British dishes can be found mainly in pubs but also in fine dining restaurants. With over 15,000 restaurants in the capital and 60 of those with Michelin stars the possibilities are endless. Not to mention hotels and catering companies, which also offer great dining and opportunity.
Kimberley Lin-McCartney is the head pastry chef at the Corinthea Hotel in London. She said:â€œ London is quite a fierce work environment. I think there is a lot of opportunity, which is good and it is very challenging. London has a great market; it's where to be really, rather than in some little country hotel.
â€œLondon is very demanding, which is good and bad. I think in London there is a lot more expectation. I don't think it would be ok to work 18 hours a day in a little country hotel or even a small restaurant.â€
â€œI love London,â€ said Mark Jarvis, executive chef at Bingham Hotel. â€œIt is a great place to work because of all the connections you make.
â€œThe competition in London is much bigger than in other UK cities. You need to know where to find the top suppliers as everyone is trying to get the best. It's just hard getting the ingredients through the door. And then there's the hype of all the different restaurants that have opened, so you've got to constantly compete and come up with new ideas. It's a lot harder than in other cities.â€
Mark's advice for young chefs, who are trying to find work in London is 'be prepared.' He said: â€œIt is going be hard. It's a 24 hour job. It is hard work in itself and then there's the long hours and getting home. If you don't think you will enjoy it, don't come.â€