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    Default La comida a la doce!!!

    Greetings to all the good people in this message board. I am very new to this site, but by scrolling through and reading some of the threads I have already learned a whole lot. I was born in DR and I moved to the states very young, my last visit was in 1995. Currently I am a student in houston tx but in a couple of weeks i will be moving back home to NY. I study culinary arts, I am 28 years old and for a long time now I have been thinking of moving to DR once I graduate. My question is: Can I live comfortably in DR?
    If someone could post the average salary for an assistant or head chef that would be great.
    If anyone in this board could perhaps educate me more about working in the tourism industry please feel free to do so.
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    franco

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    Welcome to the board.

    Regarding your profession the easy answer is no, you cannot.

    The catch is that if you can be hired by one of the hotel chains or one of the fast food chains (as a supervising chef for example) then you would be paid a fair wage.

    I am sure that if you were to come here and look around (a lot has changed in 11 years) you would receive many promises of work. Fact is, they would be just that: Promises...

    There are literally dozens of Italian, Spanish and other (nationalities) chefs wandering around the tourist coasts of the DR as well as the major cities, working and living...

    A few have been lucky and have been able to set up their own operation and have make a go of it....

    Take your time and get together some working capital and then take a look at what you can do...

    HB

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    PM or e-mail luzcace who posts on this board. He is the head Chef for a chain of hotels in the DR (three on the South Coast and one on the North Coast) and at a bare minimum should be able to give you relevant information which I am sorry to say will probably mirror what HB has already stated.

    Welcome to DR1.

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    in by befriended hotel in cabarete chef would earn a little more than the rest of the staff but still it's nothing to write home about. sorry!

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    franco, i asked, in small hotel in cabarete chef earns +/- 15.000 pesos

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    Dv8 is that a monthly salary?....porque con eso yo me caigo muerto!

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    Quote Originally Posted by franco-da-chef View Post
    Greetings to all the good people in this message board. I am very new to this site, but by scrolling through and reading some of the threads I have already learned a whole lot. I was born in DR and I moved to the states very young, my last visit was in 1995. Currently I am a student in houston tx but in a couple of weeks i will be moving back home to NY. I study culinary arts, I am 28 years old and for a long time now I have been thinking of moving to DR once I graduate. My question is: Can I live comfortably in DR?
    If someone could post the average salary for an assistant or head chef that would be great.
    If anyone in this board could perhaps educate me more about working in the tourism industry please feel free to do so.
    Thanx.
    franco
    go work in NYC, I just read about Alex Urena -a Dominican chef who's been very successful in NYC.

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    si, franco, this is monthly. yo no hablar espanol aun, entonces usas inglese, por favor.
    this must have been very bad spanish...
    anyways, my boyfriend used to be a hotel manager, he says tha 16.000 pesos a month is good, big hotels may give you more. keep in mind that a maid gets maybe 5.000 pesos a month, chefs have good wages....
    sorry to ruin your dream but looks like if you want good MONIES you have to stick to posh NY restaurants and come here when you have enough to open your own place... or just come here and gave good LIFE.

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    At one North Coast resort cooks are paid (as of a year ago):

    "$5,000 - $15,000 RD Pesos per month PLUS 50% of Medical Insurance plus one meal per shift plus their uniform."

    I'm not sure where a cook stops and a chef begins but I expect a chef would start near the top of that range, pretty much what others are saying.

    Gregg

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    If you mean Executive chefs, they make anything from 40k to 120k, depending on the area and hotel, cooks for example make a lot more in Punta Cana than on the North Coast.

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