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Culinary Training with Loews Hotels

Applications for this program are now open for start dates in January 2018! Click "Apply Now" to submit your application for a culinary training experience like no other!

This amazing intern and training program provides international students with the opportunity to experience cultural exchange in Arizona, USA. As a participant on the program you will spend 12 months training with Loews Hotels; a world leading hospitality organisation. This unique opportunity will give participants an insight into culinary at its best, offering you highly sought after experiences, along with the ability to share your culture and make friends for life. 

We currently have positions available with Loews Arizona in the following areas:

  • Culinary Arts

Participants will be paid an hourly wage and will be guaranteed a minimum of 32 hours per week, however typical schedules will vary between 32-40 hours per week.

Participants on the program will be required to obtain a J-1 Intern or Trainee visa through Yummy Jobs and will be able to train for a period of time as outlined by Loews Hotels.  Upon completion of the program, participants will have up to 30 days to travel within the United States.  Participants must then return to their home country upon completion of the program.

Check out the Loews Hotels Arizona Culinary Team in action!

Let Yummy Jobs take you on an amazing adventure to Arizona in 2018...

Ken Harvey - Executive Chef

The first requirement for becoming a chef is to love food, and Ken Harvey, Executive Chef of Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, fell in love while working in the produce department at a grocery store when he was just 18. Whilst there, he discovered new fruits and vegetables and learned how to taste them and determine their ripeness. 

Harvey travelled to Houston where he attended culinary school at The Art Institute. After graduating in 2001 he interned at the St. Regis in Houston, eventually moving on to work for the Ritz Carlton Hou-ston and St. Regis hotels in Aspen, Colorado and Laguna Nigel, California. 

Harvey eventually made his way to Tucson, where he cooked at Hacienda del Sol and the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort, before settling in at Loews Ventana Canyon as the Banquet Chef and now Executive Chef. He has been with Loews since May 2007.

Harvey is known amongst his peers as a leader in Southwestern cooking and he received the 2015 Outstanding Manager of the Year Award from the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association. 


Brandon Cathey - Executive Sous

Chef Brandon Cathey comes to Loews with over 15 years of experience running culinary operations at top hotels. Before joining Loews, Brandon served as Executive Chef at Miraval Spa and Resort in Tucson, where he was responsible for menu development and creating a true farm to table dining experience. Incorporating local bee hives, managing a composting program, and building a two acre garden are a few of his favorite accomplishments.

Prior to his role at the Hotel Congress, Chef Brandon served as Banquet Chef at Loews Ventana Canyon, Chef de Cuisine at Flying V at Loews Ventana Canyon and Executive Sous Chef at Maynard’s Market and Kitchen. Chef Brandon began his career as a Banquet Chef at the Bavarian Inn in Sheperdstown, West Virginia working directly under Certified German Master Chef Wolfgang Vomend. 

Eligibility Requirements for J-1 Interns:

In order to qualify for this particular designation of the J-1 visa you must be:

  • Must be a foreign national who is currently enrolled full-time and pursuing studies in Culinary Arts at a degree or certificate granting post-secondary academic institution outside the United States


  • Graduated from such an institution no more than 12 months prior to your exchange visitor program start date
  • All participants must possess sufficient proficiency in English to participate on the program


Eligibility Requirements for J-1 Trainees:

In order to qualify for this particular designation of the J-1 visa you must be:

  • A foreign national who has either a relevant degree or professional certificate from a foreign post-secondary academic institution and at least one year of prior related work experience in Culinary Arts. This experience must have been acquired outside of the United States


  • Five years of work experience in the field acquired outside the United States
  • All participants must possess sufficient proficiency in English to participate on the program

Participants on the Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando International Program will be required to submit the following fees.

Program Fee:

  • 12 Month Full Placement Program Fee - inclusive of visa sponsorship, medical insurance and support = £2,250.00 GBP

Additional Fees:

  • Criminal Background Check Fee = £85.00 GBP
  • U.S. Embassy Appointment Fee = $160.00 USD
  • U.S. SEVIS Fee = $190.00 USD
  • Courier delivery of passport = Free to £30.00 GBP
  • Return flight to the United States = Varies

Post-Arrival Fees:

  • Additional supporting funds between $350.00 USD to $750.00 USD

Please note all fees are subject to change and may change without notice

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Program Terms & Conditions

  • Participants must qualify for the J-1 Intern or Trainee visa
  • Participants must be studying or have graduated with a degree in culinary arts
  • Participants must be available for 12 months
  • Participants will be assisted with housing by Yummy Jobs 
  • Participants are guaranteed a minimum of 32 hours per week during the program, however typical schedules will vary between 32-40 hours per week
  • Participants must exit the United States following the program end date