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Kitchen staff qualifications

Like many expats, a career change was necessary in order to secure a job here. My home cooking skills has secured me a job in a local hotel kitchen. Can anybody please advise me what courses I should ask for. I assume that there will be necessary some sort of food hygiene course, but given the obsession here with qualifications (and experience) - even for the most menial job - what 'pieces of paper' should I aspire to if I have any hope of kitchen work being my second career. Thanks
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Re: Kitchen staff qualifications

There are people who just do the menial job of plongeur often on the black, but they are usually French and get their place by word of mouth.

Those who have followed a formal training course may have a CAP Cuisine
http://www.lesmetiers.net/orientation/p1_185988/cuisine

or a BEP

these are some old practical tests for that exam:
http://www.hotellerie-restauration.ac-versailles.fr/spip.php?article2074&lang=fr

Here is  job description

http://www.cidj.com/article-metier/commis-de-cuisine

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Thanks Norman. Having passed my 'trials', I am awaiting my contract and proper work which will start next month. It is more of a commis role than a plongeur, in that I am prepping and aiding the chef (as well as mucking in with her washing the pots and plates). I will be doing services on my own. I believe that there is some basic course in food prep & hygiene which is mandatory. Do you know anything about that? Ta.
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Re: Kitchen staff qualifications

Try googling 'formation hygiene' or 'formation restauration'

Not sure which one you want...

You have this for example....(looks right !!)

http://www.formation-hygiene-haccp.com/HACCP.html
https://www.afpa.fr/formation-qualifiante/agent-de-restauration

but you also have this...

https://www.afpa.fr/formation-qualifiante/agent-de-restauration

or this...

http://www.onisep.fr/Ressources/Univers-Formation/Formations/Lycees/CAP-Agent-polyvalent-de-restauration



Go and see ANPE or Pole Emploi (whatever they are called know) they should know.

'Formation' is big business in France....and very confusing.


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Re: Kitchen staff qualifications

Yes, go to whoever and dob in your new employer, that should go down well with them.

 

If they aren't worried about their responsabilities and food hygiene why should you?


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I'm inclined to agree with Chancer. Assuming things can be dangerous. Compliance is the responsibility of the business owner not the employee so if he's offered you the job knowing that you don't have any certificates then one of two things, either he's not bothered and doesn't expect you to be either, or he has it in hand and you will find there are arrangement in place for you to obtain whatever certificates are required once your contract starts. You know the setup so you can probably have an educated guess which one applies.

In case it's the second, remember that as an employee you have a right to ongoing training all paid for, so if you're looking at this as a stepping stone, you are within your rights to claim your training provision once you've been there for a while.
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You are all being very British about this, but methinks this not the right attitude in France.

I don't understand the 'dob' in comment. You go to pole emploi and say I am looking for a job in restauration, what qualifications do I need ?
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"You go to pole emploi and say I am looking for a job in restauration, what qualifications do I need ?"

It is even more British to expect to be able to sign up for any training in France without filling in forms with all your personal details, during which process it will become obvious that actually you are not looking for a job at all because you have already signed a contract.
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