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Archive for the ‘International Food’ Category

International Recruitment

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Dreaming of relocating to somewhere warm and travelling the world? Well, a job overseas might just be what you’re after. A new perspective can be a great move for your career, not to mention the new cultures and sights you’ll see.

If you’re feeling a bit reluctant or nervous then remember, moving to another country can give you lots of opportunities including building new skills, developing your international business links and can also give you that much needed career and confidence boost.

Here at Mise En Place we pride ourselves at recruiting talent from all across the world. We have some fantastic international job opportunities available at the moment including a number of amazing roles in Portugal, Dubai and Ibiza. Fancy a change? What’s stopping you!

To apply and for more information email Jacqui - jsterry@miseenplace.co.uk


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Eat My Words – Executive Chef Rob Shipman

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Last summer an exciting opportunity arose for an Executive Chef in a top dining establishment in Casablanca, Morocco.  Mise en Place matched the role with the very talented foodie Rob Shipman over 18 months ago now.

Rob is all too familiar with high-spec food ideas and creations, having cooked for a number of celebrities.  He’s recently started his own blog ‘The Food Guy’ , sharing food inspiration, recipe ideas and tips alongside some beautiful snaps of his latest creations.

Here, we talk to Rob about his experiences in the cheffing world, where he likes to eat and what it takes to work in the kitchen.

Which is the last restaurant you visited and what were your thoughts?

Last night I went to a sushi restaurant in Casablanca call ILOLI.  There are many places doing sushi over here but this is the only place I’ve found so far that’s worth trying.  It seems that Morrocan’s are quite fond on deep fried sushi rolls with cream cheese.  This is what I’m trying to avoid.  The chef/owner of ILOLI has become a friend of mine now, he comes from Tokyo, the food is great and I can sit at the sushi bar and chat in Japanese all evening; it’s the only chance I get these days to speak Japanese.

Which is your favourite restaurant?

This is a very difficult question for me….! One of my favourites is perhaps Michele Bras in Hokkaido.  I’m still a big fan of Nobu and Zuma also.

What is the most important attribute for a chef to have, working in your kitchen?

That’s easy….honesty….if people are not honest with themselves, ultimately they are not being honest to the guest and this becomes a quality issue.  In my kitchen dishonest people are out!

If you had to give one piece of advice to an up and coming chef, what would it be?

Work hard…..always do your best and never make excuses….(that’s three pieces of advise as I’m not sure if one piece of advice will ever be enough!)

What would you choose for your last meal?

Veal carpaccio with loads of shaved white truffles and a bottle of vintage Montrachet.

Who would be your ideal dinner companion?

My wife.

Which chef(s) do you most admire?

Nobu, Ferran Adria, Tom Aikins.

What is your signature dish of the moment?

Nigiri sushi of tuna and salmon with white truffle oil, fleur de sel and lime juice.

What do you cook at home on your day off?

It’ll normally be a BBQ or a Moroccan tajine.

Have you had any recent food discoveries?

Yes – spaghetti with jumbo prawns and Moroccan chermoula sauce.  I made it at home recently and it tastes amazing!

What is your favourite piece of kitchen equipment?

My honyaki sashimi knife….it’s worth about $2,500 and was given to me as a gift by the owner of SUISIN knife factory in Osaka


We asked Rob for feedback on his experience of working with Mise en Place in looking for and securing a new position; here’s what he had to say:

“I highly recommend Mise en Place, Very professional, well connected and able to find great opportunities for talented people in the hospitality industry. I have first hand experience with this recruitment agency and I do recommend to job seekers and to employers.”

Follow Rob’s latest recipes, ideas and creations on his blog.


If you are looking for a new challenge or role in a top end hospitality and catering role, register on the Mise en Place website here to find out about the latest available roles.  

You can also submit your CV directly to our website, enabling us to identify the role(s) for you.


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The 21 Most Romantic Foods to Eat

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Valentines Day is seen as a symbolic day of celebrating your relationship with your partner, spouse or lover. Legend has it that Saint Valentine of Rome was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. During his imprisonment he also healed the daughter of his jailer and wrote her a letter titled “Your Valentine” before his execution.

It is therefore seen as a day to write a letter and/or send a card to your loved one to acknowledge and celebrate your love. Along with celebrations, there is always food and if you need ideas on what to eat then the following list will get you on the right track.

This list is compiled as being the most romantic foods and some with aphrodisiac qualities!

  1. Whipped Cream – accompanied with any romantic dessert one can’t go wrong!
  2. Chocolate – eaten as is or cooked within a dish, it is seen as a the universal romantic food. It has a similar alkaloid to caffeine therefore giving us a good feeling
  3. Fondue – chocolate or cheese, a beautiful way to share a romantic evening together
  4. Champagne – a definite must when celebrating with food
  5. Steak  – cooked perfectly with accompanying vegetables, this dish will hit the spot
  6. Oysters – seen as a food with aphrodisiac qualities as they are high in zinc which raises testosterone levels… this is a great way to start the celebrations
  7. Coffee – in many cases most couples may have met over coffee, so it makes this drink a romantic hit
  8. Chicken and creamy mushrooms – this delicious combination makes this a tasty hit
  9. Spaghetti and meatballs – made from scratch, this meal can make a delicious impact
  10. Fruit Salad – especially with strawberries, blueberries, bananas and covered with honey
  11. Basil – known as a herb for lovers, it can heal headaches, promote circulation and has an alluring aroma
  12. Avocados – the Spanish saw this fruit as so sexy that the Priests banned it!
  13. Truffles – Since times of Ancient Rome, this was seen as an aphrodisiac. It emits a pheremone compound called Androstenone, which is similar to male sweat and will certainly be a hit for most women too!
  14. Chilli Peppers – They release endorphins and can increase the mood. It was famously used in ancient times by ruler Montezuma by being mixed in with a chocolate drink to stimulate his tongue and pulse before he met with his concubines
  15.  Watermelon – after research it is found that watermelon is known as nature’s Viagra for men. It has a phytonutrient in it which helps to relax the blood vessels similar to Viagra and is a great source of lycopene which supports heart health
  16. Figs – Many cultures associated figs with fertility, seen as a sexy fruit by many cultures
  17. Goji Berries – also seen as an aphrodisiac, this fruit is used in sweet and savoury dishes and are high in Beta Carotene. The Chinese have also learnt that this fruit treats metabolic syndrome which can lead to the onset of erectile dysfunction
  18. Ice Cream – Made in every flavour possible, this is the dessert to share and enjoy with a loved one
  19. Strawberries – Dipped in chocolate, or whipped cream, you have a perfect romantic match!
  20. Bananas – not only for the phallic shape of this fruit but it also contains Bromelain which is an enzyme  that triggers Testosterone production and along with its Potassium and vitamin B levels it gives you energy too
  21. Honey – It is a symbol of procreation as it is created via pollination. The word ‘Honeymoon’ also got its name from an alcoholic beverage made from honey given to the bride and groom. It also contains boron, which regulates Estrogen and Testosterone levels and provides a natural energy boost.

Enjoy creating some romantic meals with the above foods, they are certainly a great way to celebrate with your love. If cooking yourself is not your style, why not think about getting a Personal Chef for the night, make sure you give them this list and they will be sure to make you a perfect romantic meal!


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