I left working as Chef De Partie in Jamie Oliver's Italian restaurant in London to come to Hong Kong. I've had previous experience in a gastropub for 6 months and I was Development Chef of a restaurant in Cambodia for a year before that. Prior to that I finished an English Literature degree (2:1).
I've had a number of interviews here with some amazing restaurants but due to the fact that I've only been working as a chef for a limited amount of time, they've all believed it would be really difficult to obtain a work permit.
I had another interview with a worldwide food services company who said the same thing, but that they would be able to get me a 'Training Visa', but it would be on a lower renumeration package. I didn't care. I just wanted to work. Unfortunately that now seems to have fallen through due to circumstances beyond my control.
So now I'm stuck. I have my English degree but all the jobs seem to require a teaching qualification and experience. And I'd much rather work in a kitchen.
Does anyone have any ideas?