California Resort Seeks All-Around Demi Chef!

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Want to come to the US to train under an amazing Chef while experiencing one of the best beaches in the US? Then apply to this program right now! You'll be able to cook amazing Dishes while also exploring the surrounding nature, taking in the local art, and just relaxing on the beach on your days off!
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Placement Remarks


A complimentary uniform and staff meal are provided. Bring your own knives.

You should fly into John Wayne International Airport, transportation is on your own. Complimentary accommodations are provided based on hotel occupancy. If no availability, you will need to secure temporary housing prior to your departure.

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Local info

Halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego perfectly sits Laguna Beach on the stunning southern California coast. Laguna Beach is Southern California's premier coastal destination. Beyond the beach, the city is home to more than 20,000 beautiful acres of protected wilderness, making it an optimal location for adventurous exploration.

Montage has an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars on tripadvisor. See some stellar reviews below:
Kevin B wrote a review Jun 2021,
"Recently stayed at this fabulous resort with my two boys, aged 12 and 14. We had a beautiful ocean facing room that was very spacious with two queen beds. The beds were literally the most amazing beds I have ever slept in and I am very well traveled staying in luxury resorts all over the world. Special shout out to Les who greeted us upon check and took care of us throughout our stay, even giving out ballcaps to my two boys... and complimentary."

Dean wrote a review Apr 2021, "The montage has a name that is associated with luxury, and that’s exactly how we felt as soon as we arrived. Special shout-out to the restaurant team for making our stay memorable and special. We will return! Grounds are impeccable, beach amazing, and oh the views! You can't go wrong staying at this amazing resort!"

Housing in Laguna Beach is expensive thus why it's very important you share your accommodations with another J1 candidate or find a local roommate. A two bedroom unfurnished apartment will start at $3000. Keep in mind you will need to bring at least $3000 for start up capital to put down a deposit and first month rent. Also ask your fellow co-workers if they know of any affordable housing options.

Transportation: Depending on how far you live from the property will determine if you need to purchase a car, moped or a bike.

If you want to purchase a car, you will need to have your international drivers license and be willing to bring additional funds to purchase a car Due to limited local transportation, it is best for you to purchase a car or moped upon your arrival to get around. You will need your international driver’s license so you can purchase a car or moped to purchase, then you can live further outside the city center to cut down on costs. You will need to also insure your car/moped monthly. We advise you to bring additional $3000 for this option.

Laguna Beach Trolley Service

The best airport to fly into is John Wayne Airport Orange County (SNA) which is 25 miles away.

Laguna’s mild climate provides for year-round accessibility with annual daytime temperatures ranging between the mid-'60s in the winter months and the low-'80s in the summer months, although the temps can drop slightly in the evening, warranting an extra layer. December is typically the coolest month while August is the warmest. January, February and March typically receive the most rainfall, with an average of 2.5 inches. The casual weather of Laguna Beach can easily be conquered by always packing a thin layer of clothing.


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Montage Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach, CA
August 7, 2023
Chef - Chef de Partie Chef - Pastry - Commis
19 per hour
Once you click the apply button, one of our wonderful career consultants will be notified of your interest in this position and will get back to you within two business days. When you qualify for the placement, the next step will be an introductory call to see if we can meet your expectations.
Job Rotations
Department Position Duration
Orientation Orientation 1 Months
Garde Manger Cook/demi chef 1 Months
Fish station Cook/demi Chef 3 Months
Meat/Grill station (hot line) Cook/demi chef 2 Months
Pastry Pastry demi chef 1 Months
Restaurant Supervisor / Chef de partie 4 Months
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