El Bulli restaurant chefs

El Bulli, 2003. The world's greatest restaurant employed only six full-time kitchen workers. Unpaid stagiaires made up the majority of the kitchen staff.

My stagiaire doesn’t need a visa, right?

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Around the world, top restaurants host “stagiaires” in their kitchens for a brief period (usually several months). The stage is a period of training—an opportunity for motivated cooks with a thirst for knowledge to learn from renowned culinary masters, and for leading kitchens to receive an infusion of culinary talent and cutting-edge ideas. Stages are almost always unpaid.

Some restaurants host only a few stagiaires at a time, while at others, stagiaires make up the majority of

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