" Turn your Career into your Adventure. "

Culinary Recruitment International works with trained culinary graduates and students to provide work experience in Canada. We blend your desire for a career and for travel into one experience. While visiting Canada we can help you gain a broader international understanding in the culinary field, and have fun doing it. We are partnered with some of the biggest names and brands in the Canadian Hospitality and Tourism Industry, including world-class mountain resorts, hotels and restaurants. Offering a diverse range of culinary styles from quick service to fine dining, this is a great way to launch your career and enjoy yourself along the way!


  • Welcome to Culinary Recruitment International (CRI)!

    This product is for culinary graduates and students looking to either launch their career or obtain a work placement between terms. CRI creates the opportunity to combine your work and travel to one of the friendliest nations in the world, Canada! For Canadian Employers we specialize in helping match your culinary needs with some of the best new international talent.

  • The Western Canadian Experience

    We are based out of beautiful Whistler and Pemberton British Columbia, Canada. However placement opportunities exist beyond Whistler throughout British Columbia and even Alberta. We are partnered with some of the biggest names in mountain resorts, hotels and restaurants and work closely with Canada West Ski Area’s Association (CWSAA), BC Hotel Association (BCHA) and go2HR.

  • Why Us?

    What makes us unique from other work experience programs? To put it simply, we are specialized. By focusing on the culinary field, we spend 100 percent of our time working to find the best placements and matches for culinary talent with incredible employers. Applicants get the chance to cook, explore and gain valuable experience to launch their careers! As well as, employers gain access to new international applicant markets.

  • Benefits for Students and Graduates:

    • Work experience in some of the most beautiful locations in Canada
    • Placement lengths from 6 months to 2 years depending on visa eligibility
    • Easy access to Immigration Consultants
    • Face to face or web-based interviews
    • Access to accommodation through the Employer
    • Signed contracts outlining the work term durations and compensation
    • Opportunity for longer term of employment if the fit is right and the visa eligibility exists.
    • No applicant fees beyond travel and any visa fees
  • Benefits for Employers:

    • Access to some of the best and brightest new culinary talent
    • Avoid the work involved in sourcing new applicants
    • Face to face or Skype interviews with the applicants to ensure the right fit for your business
    • Ability to keep your kitchen staffed with dedicated team members

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You’ve come this far and we hope that you are excited about the possibility of expanding your professional horizon with Culinary Recruitment International!

What we look for in an applicant:
  • Work visa eligibility to Canada including (working holiday visa, New and Young Professionals, LMIA or Francophone eligibility) www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/
  • Graduate of a recognized or accredited Culinary education institution
  • Culinary student looking for a paid work term placement of 6 months or longer.
  • If you have not been to school, an endorsement letter from your head Chef
  • A keen interest in traveling to Canada
  • Outgoing personality
  • A desire to learn and ambition to grow
  • Conversational English (we are not worried if it isn’t perfect)
How do you get started?

First, we would like to see what you’ve got. Please send your resume to Recruitment@CulinaryRI.com, tell us a bit about yourself and why you are a great fit for this program. Don’t think of it as a cover letter, think of it as a way for us to get to know YOU and what makes you excited about this experience.
From there, we will contact you! Maybe by email or maybe by phone. Every applicant is unique, in terms of geographical location, culinary skill set, and desire for the program. We like to mix it up depending on the individual. After we reach out to you and determine your fit for the program, and our company fit for you, we will begin a formal interview process.
We understand that by submitting an application you are taking a big chance to potentially kick-start an adventure. We respect that, and are here to answer any and all questions, even for those who are just testing the waters!


Sourcing Culinary Talent

We know that finding the right culinary talent can be challenging and time consuming. Culinary Recruitment International keeps our focus on sourcing out the talent and providing you with access to them.
We work closely with the Canada West Ski Area’s Association, the BC Hotel Association and go2HR. Feel free to reach out to them if you want to do some digging! You can also check Joel’s linkedin bio at www.linkedin.com/in/joelchevalier. He is happy to connect with you.
Granted that the culinary market is a tough one we will do our best to help fill your needs. This is an employer paid service, however, you don’t pay our fee until we have been successful at getting you a person on the ground.

Who is Joel?

Joel Chevalier is the founder of CRI and has over 20 years experience in Human Resources within the hospitality and tourism industry. Most recently, he was the Vice President of Human Resources for Whistler Blackcomb, North America’s premiere mountain resort.
If you are interested in a conversation with Joel the best way is via email: Joel@CulinaryRI.com

Frequently Asked Questions

Applicant FAQs

There is no placement fee for applicants, so accepting a job through us doesn’t cost you any money. You will be responsible for your travel as well as any costs associated with obtaining your Canadian work permit. Don’t stress, we can help you figure that part out.

Culinary Recruitment International is partnered with some of the best Hotels and Mountain Resorts in Canada. You could work at any of them! We will work with you to match you with the right Employer, in the right location. As an example, we have placement opportunities in Whistler, Vancouver, Sun Peaks and Silverstar… just to name a few!

The placements could be from 6 months to 2 years. That depends on the employer, on you and your work permit eligibility. These will all be part of the conversation that we have when work together to find you the right fit.

Your wage will vary depending on the employer. That being said, you’ll know the rates and total compensation package when we are reviewing the postings to find your match. In addition to base pay, many of the employers offer other perks that carry value, such as ski passes, lodging, hotel discounts and food & beverage perks, as a start! Each person will receive a formal offer letter from his or her new employer that clearly specifies the pay and benefits.

That does happen from time to time, but not very often. Employers that we work with are recognized as some of the best in the industry and have great employee cultures. You will have a contract signed that sets out the start and finish dates, but if you just don’t like it, we can help you find an alternative. It’ll be important to stay in touch with us to let us know how you’re doing.

As soon as you arrive in Canada with your work permit! Some of the employers are seasonal for winter only, but most have operations year round and will be excited to get you into the kitchen as soon as they can!

This depends on the work permit type. Typically for the Working Holiday Visa, this process can take a few months so you’ll need to plan ahead. If you are thinking that this might be a fun opportunity, it is important to get started on the work permit process right away. Just because you have the work permit doesn’t mean you have to use it.

We will help guide you along the way to ensure that the travel arrangements you make are the best ones. For most of our positions, you will fly into either Vancouver, Calgary, Kelowna or Kamloops.

We can help with that! Here is a link to the Canadian Government website outlining the eligibility requirements. www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/ Eligibility requirements vary depending on the country you are from, age and skill. We have access to some great immigration consultants to ensure your questions get answered. Don’t be shy to ask!

Many of our employers provide employee housing which would be made available. Some of the housing is on-site and some will require a short commute. In all cases, your accommodation will be established prior to arriving in Canada.

Yes. While working in Canada you will be covered under your employers Workers Compensation Insurance. This covers you for any workplace injury. Outside of work, it is important to have travel insurance for the duration of your stay (and for your entry into Canada). Canada has a great health care system, but it is expensive if you are not from here. We can help you line up the right type of coverage for the best prices.

Employer FAQs

Our typical fee is $2,500 per single person placement, but every situation is a bit different. We can work with you on finding a solution that will fit into your budget needs and that supports your business. Send us an email and we can talk about your options. There are no upfront fees. You don’t pay until we are successful at getting your new employee.

There are a few steps, but we are really straightforward. After we have had an initial conversation to review your postings and needs, we will need to get access to your logo for our marketing collateral. Then we will establish a service agreement outlining the fees, payment terms and authorization for CRI to seek out applicants for you.

We are sourcing graduates and students from countries such as Australia, United Kingdom and New Zealand. Anywhere that Canada has reciprocal work visa agreements with is an option. This includes countries like France, Italy, and Spain, just to name a few. If there are cooks out there, better believe we are finding them.

The employee, although sourced by CRI, will be hired into your company like any other.

Yes. As it should be, the Employer decides who they hire through an interview process.

Most of the applicants through CRI are either recent graduates or students still in school and completing a work term. This means that they are trained, but may not have a deep work history. Part of the draw for them is the ability to travel to Canada and gain international work experience.

The placements could be from 6 months to 2 years. This depends on the employer need, the Employees availability and the work permit eligibility. We will need to factor in these variables to determine the right length of placement for each person. We expect that you will have an employment contract in place with the Employee setting out their start and finish date. If the finish date is going to be extended, we would expect you would have that discussion with the Employee.

As you know, there is stiff competition for culinary talent. You’ll need to make sure that your pay rates align with the Canadian market. We can help you with that and provide guidance if we think that your package needs to be adjusted. We also recognize that many employers have perks packages that add value and energy to someone’s total compensation package. We would include these items in the posting.

We take precautions to try and minimize this, but it can happen. CRI doesn’t make the final hiring decisions, you do. Either in person or via skype (or similar) you get to meet the applicant to ensure they are they right fit for you. We will stay in touch with you during the placement to hear how they are doing. If in the first two weeks the fit isn’t working, we will discuss options with you, including a refund or a replacement.

Work Culture is an important part of a person’s loyalty to their employer. It is on you to make sure that your employees are happy and engaged. In this challenging labour economy, a positive work culture should be a top priority for you and your leadership team.
We do expect that you will have the employee sign an agreement outlining their start and their end date. Employee will additionally sign a contract with CRI outlining their work term. We can’t guarantee an employee will love their placement, but open dialogue between you, the employee, and us is warmly welcomed.

We will work together to get them here as soon as possible, however, there are some factors that may delay a start. These include: work permit applications, and lead time on a posting. Working Holiday Visa applicants can take several months to get approved.

Yes and no. They will need somewhere affordable to live and part of locking in an employee (particularly in some of the more expensive markets) is ensuring they have somewhere to live. You don’t need to pay for it, but an applicant is not likely going to travel to Canada without knowing they have a place to call home.

Contact Us

We would love to hear from you.
If you are an employer, an applicant, or just curious, leave us a message below and we will do our best to get back to you promptly.