Would it be difficult for a Chef to work in Spain if they don't speak Spanish?

My friend in Birmingham wants to move to the Costa Del Sol, she has 5 years of work experience as a Chef and can only speak a bit of Spanish, she’s a very slow learner, would it be hard for her to get a job?

I know we’re in a recession right now, this question is just hypothetical.


  1. Ummmmmmm, yeah. since people in Spain don’t generally speak English…being Spain, and all.

    Besides, there aren’t any jobs to have right now, you would do better to wait until the recession lifts, at best. Hey! By then, your friend could have learned Spanish!

  2. There are English speaking restaurants here on the Costa del Sol. Quite a few are British owned and if you are British and are the owner, it is easier to discuss menus etc with an English speaking chef. I know 2 German restaurants where the owners only employ German speaking chefs.
    It is always going to be an advantage to speak the language, but it is not necessary in some cases.
    Jobs are hard to find at the moment, but there is a glimmer of optimism at the moment with the recession. Some new buildings have been sold and a couple of new restaurants have opened.

  3. Ummm yeah it will be hard to land a chef gig in Spain, number #1 she is not fluent in Spanish. Its just saying if a guy from japan that speaks only Japanese comes to America and works at a high end restaurant here, is he going to have a hard time communicating with other chef’s? Yes he will, plus spain is in a recession just like we are, any jobs that ARE AVAILABLE will most likely go to a fellow Spaniard before an outsider unless it was a special skill job.

    Thutmose I

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