Chinese restaurants can again bring Chinese chefs to the Netherlands

30th September 2014, Comments 2 comments

Social affairs minister Lodewijk Asscher has relaxed his ban on Chinese restaurants bringing specialist cooks into the country in return for concessions on retraining local chefs.

Asscher stopped his officials extending work permits to foreign chefs at the beginning of this year in an effort to reduce unemployment among Dutch cooks.

Chinese restaurants went on the offensive against the plan, arguing that Chinese chefs cannot simply be replaced by Dutch staff.

Asscher has now agreed that Chinese cookery should be seen as a specialisation, on condition that wok experts also train Dutch cooks to do the job.


2 Comments To This Article

  • BlahBlah posted:

    on 1st October 2014, 02:02:57 - Reply

    Another failed policy, you'd think that the Hague would have learned from their mistakes... instead the just usually insist on digging a hole even deeper.

    The whole origin of the idea was idiotic. Out of work Dutch cooks (who cook Dutch cuisine) should immediately change and go do another cuisine. Dutch food is horrible; it's not like to you see Dutch restaurants anywhere outside of NL..

  • carrico posted:

    on 30th September 2014, 15:24:05 - Reply

    These stories just get weirder and weirder.
    Why did the Chinese chef cross the street?
    To get to the McDonald's!