Catering Jobs – Work in Spain as a Cook or Chef

This is our guide to working as a cook or a chef in Spain.

The tourist sector is extremely important to the economy of Spain upon which it relies heavily.

The fantastic weather and climate attracts tourists from all over Europe to enjoy the fantastic summer in Spain.

Naturally there are thousands of restaurants to cater for the tourists and a massive need for extra kitchen staff in the summer including cooks and chefs. The great thing is you can be an English-speaking person and get a culinary job as little Spanish (perhaps none) is required.

We invite restaurant owners and employers to list your job vacancies at the bottom of this page – it is free of charge to list your positions for chefs and cooks in Spain.

If you are a chef then please feel free to leave your jobs wanted at the bottom of the page with your contact details so employers can contact you directly.

Do you work as a chef in Spain? Please write in to tell us how much you get paid and earn – this will help jobseekers.

Where Can I Get a Job as a Chef in Spain?

This is one industry in which you can get a job in any Spanish town.

Of course it makes sense to consider the biggest tourist resorts which are generally located on the coast or some of the big cities such as Madrid and Barcelona are also good for finding catering work as a cook or chef.

job-spain-graphicAs a chef you are generally going to be working six days a week, usually for at least eight hours if not more. It would make sense to find a job in a nice location so you can make the most of your day off.

Why not start your search in one of the Spanish islands? For example the Canary Islands have an all year round climate and tourist season.

The busiest Canary islands would be Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria.

The Balearic Islands which are much closer to the mainland include Ibiza and Mallorca.

The Costa del Sol is also a great tourist area with major towns being Marbella, Fuengirola, Benalmadena, Malaga and Torremolinos.

Because of the large expatriate populations attracted to Spain by the sunshine and low cost of living compared to Northern Europe there is a market for many different types of cuisine – not just Spanish. Spain is crying out for Indian chefs and cooks, the large British expat population loves a good curry!

Types of Catering/Chef Jobs 2022

  • Assistant cook
  • Baker
  • Banqueting
  • British/English chef
  • Butcher
  • Chef de partie
  • Chinese chef
  • Italian chefs
  • Commis chef
  • Demi chef
  • French chef
  • German chefs
  • Grill chef
  • Head or executive chef
  • Indian (tandoori) chef
  • Japanese chef
  • Kitchen porter
  • Kitchen assistant
  • Kitchen help
  • Mexican chef
  • Pastry chef
  • Sous chef
  • Spanish chef
  • Sushi chef
  • Thai chef

Employers – List your catering vacancies such as cooks, chefs and kitchen staff below for free.

If you want a catering job in Spain, you can also fill in the comments box with your details, qualifications and the types of vacancies and jobs wanted.

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  1. Hi, I am Agne from Lithuania. I am coming to Gran Canaria for a living and looking for a job as a chef. I have international experience of 9 years working as a chef in various positions, highly rated and Michelin starred restaurants.
    I am a hard working person who is very organized and have great attitude for details. I am also able to work on my own and with the team. CV can be provided if necessary. Thank you

  2. Head chef with 12 years experience, currently working in a large hotel in Scotland as head chef looking to relocate to Malaga CV and reffrences can be supplied on request. Wife can also work as a team in front of house positions.

  3. Maria Walsh says

    Hi my name is Maria from Ireland. I have five years experience working in kitchens in both hotels and cafes. I am currently head chef of a kitchen. CV can be provided.
    Thanks in advance.

  4. Darren brook says

    I’m an ex British soldier, 22 years catering experience as a Head chef/ kitchen manager was wandering how to work in Spanish resorts and to pass and assist with my experience as a lot of customers are British

  5. Charlotte fagan says

    I’m currently living in the United Kingdom with my family. I am a fully trained chef with 9years experience.
    I am currently second chef in the kitchen I am working in at the moment.
    I have trained to be a head chef also completed management courses and would love to be a head chef. I am wanting to relocate with my family and have a fresh start.
    I am looking for a chef job and wanting to show my skills.

  6. Leonardo Mavretic says

    I am Leonardo 43y old,chef from Croatia.
    I have international experience in kitchen 20y plus,working in Dubai,Croatia and Ireland.last 4y based in Cork city.experience is:working in hotels,big or small restaurants,cantina or nursing homes.looking for chef de partie job in Marbella and nearest areas.i have certificate level 2 HACCP and manual my posses is valid EU driving on holiday in Marbella,looking for new opportunitys.
    Thank you

  7. Aimee Merrigan says

    I’m Aimee, I live in Ireland and am currently on the search for a chef vacancy in Ibiza, I have over 5 years experience in an abundance of different kitchens from casual to silver service dining with the experience in pastry as well. CV can be provided.

  8. Ciaran Chaney says

    Hi my name is Ciaran, I’m Irish. I returned to Ireland two years ago from living in Bilbao for over three year to study pastry, baking and desserts. Now I plan to return to Spain, Valencia, with my family to find full time, permanent work as a baker or pastry chef.
    I have been working in a sourdough bakery for the last two years and also in the dessert section of a restaurant here. I have plenty of kitchen experience and a great desire to learn and grow in the sector.
    I speak fluent Spanish and am fully vaccinated. I am ready to start as soon as possible.
    Many thanks,

  9. Björn Goldbaum says

    Hi my name is Björn, I’m a chef from Germany. I’m looking for a kitchen Job, preferably in Catalonia. I have experience working in different restaurants in Germany, the last one being Winzerhood GmbH& Co.KG in Hamburg (mostly vegetarian,international fusion). I can work great in a Team, but also on my own. I’m in Catalonia right now, so I’m looking to start as soon as possible.
    If you have any Questions, just send me an e-mail.
    Greetings Björn

  10. Christian Amador says


    I’m looking for any kitchen position in Spain or anywhere really, I’m currently living and working in America but I’m looking to get my foot into the door somewhere else. I have plenty of experience and can provide my resume upon request. Thank you in advance.

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