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

  • 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. I am a highly qualified chef with experience on several continents.
    Private chef to Sir Elton John.
    Owned my own restaurant in Caracas for ten years, which was consistently listed as the Restaurant of the year by the American Chamber of Commerce in Caracas and sited as “best new restaurant” by Gourmet magazine.
    During my residence in South America I catered for dignitaries and the “jet set” such as the billionaire Gustavo Cisneros, Carolina Herrera, Luciano Pavarotti, Henry Kissinger and The Queen of the Netherlands, from whom I received a personal letter of commendation from the Royal Palace in the Hague. As a celebrity chef, I have conducted gastronomic festivals throughout South America and the Caribbean.
    I recently arrived in Spain from Cyprus, where I was executive chef of a new haute cuisine restaurant in Limassol specializing in Mediterranean cuisine. The establishment, “Viva la Vida”, boasted the number one position on Trip Advisor rivalling even the five-star hotels.
    I worked closely with the owners to create a unique dining experience forming a brigade of seven talented and enthusiastic chefs. I held the position of executive chef of the most celebrated five-star hotel in Cape Town where I worked with a team of fifty chefs.
    I was appointed executive chef and head of the department of culinary arts at a prestigious culinary college in Cyprus, before leaving the island for Spain.
    I have recently completed a contract with the Frenezy fine dining restaurant in Alicante. See TripAdvisor “Frenezy”, Alicante. You are most welcome to contact my employer Patrick Guevens owner of Frenezy at 673598840.
    Can start immediately
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