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Working in a domestic kitchen will require you to be resourceful, discrete, efficient and flexible. You’ll need to be able to menu plan for specific locations, styles and situations, making the most of seasonal, local ingredients. There may be special dietary requirements to take into account and you’ll need knowledge of cooking on specific types of equipment – for example, an Aga. You may be required to work within a budget so intelligent shopping is a must. All current vacancies are listed here, but if a one-off job comes up in your locality we will contact you direct.

‘For two students who had just completed two terms at Leiths all members of the family agreed they were outstanding – polite, thoughtful and nothing was ever too much trouble. They made this a very special holiday for all ages to remember’
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SOUTH OF FRANCE - month of August
SH rl

month of August/South of France

​Client with a private home in the South of France is looking for a chef from 30th July until end of August. The house has a well-equipped kitchen and has a British housekeeping couple who live on site who will help to lay tables, set out breakfast, assist with shopping, kitchen chores and washing-up. The work is flexible but will generally involve some breakfast prep and planning, though cooked breakfasts are only required on rare occasions; a delicious two course lunch plus cheese and a more sophisticated dinner. The style is elegant and rustic Mediterranean with a focus on light and fresh. High quality ingredients can be sourced locally. There will typically be 12 to 24 guests. Chef will have 1.5 days off per week and will be provided with board and accommodation. Salary will depend on experience. May suit a couple who wish to job-share.

You will need to be a driver and some French is helpful for shopping.

Private Family Cook - month of April
ST af

month of April/Oxford

Private cook, with experience working in a small family setting, is needed from 27th March until 2nd May to cook healthy, family meals for five people. Help is particularly needed at the weekends, and there may be the occasional dinner party for up to 12 guests. It is possible to live-in for whole period in ensuite accommodation. Would suit a recent graduate.

Permanent part-time family cook - Kings Langley
P ec

immediate start/Kings Langley

Cook needed to prepare and serve family meals at 6-6.30pm and clear away, Monday to Friday. Some weekend entertainment, but otherwise shop and leave food for the weekend. Will need to live locally.

SW France for 2 weeks
SH jm

24th July start/SW France

Chef needed to cater for 8-10 people in SW France from 24th July for two weeks. The house is about an hour and half's drive from Bordeaux. Accommodation is provided. Must be a driver.

CORFU - 10 weeks from mid-June
SH cb

mid-June start/Corfu

Experienced chef required to cater for up to 14 guests in a luxury villa in North East Corfu. You will be working in an open plan kitchen, so it's essential that you are an organised, efficient and tidy chef. You will be working with a front of house manager and two housekeepers for guests renting the villa over the summer season.

WEEKEND CHEF in Dordogne 18-21 June
WE me

18th June start/France

Chef needed to cater for 20 adults for a long weekend celebration at a holiday home in France. Accommodation provided. Will need to be a driver.

Cook local to MORETON IN MARCH for part-time role
PT js

immediate start/GL56

Cook who is proficient at traditional English home cooking is required to provide mainly lunches for elderly couple. Days/hours can be flexible. Live-in or live-out, temporary or longer term also considered.

Freelance PRIVATE CHEF - W2
PT sk

immediate start/W2

Private client is looking for a chef for 5-6 hours per week to prepare lunches Monday-Friday. This can be done twice a week and lunch prep can be left in the fridge for client to plate or reheat. Chef could cater breakfast and lunches if preferred. Drop-offs are possible.

CORSICA - 6 weeks from mid July
SH cs

July 2020/Corsica

Experienced private chef needed to cater for 10-18 guests for 6 weeks from mid-July. Accommodation provided. Must be a driver.

Chef for Houseparty during HENLEY REGATTA
ST sw

1st July start/Henley on Thames

Private chef required to cater for a houseparty during Henley Regatta, Wednesday 1st July until Sunday 5th July. Dinner to be provided each evening for 8-12 guests; plus one lunch during the week, a BBQ on the Saturday evening and a lunch on Sunday for possibly larger numbers. Accommodation is provided.

PRIVATE COOK for a large party in SPAIN
ST rg

5th April start/Spain

Private cook is needed for a one week booking from 5th April to cater for a group of mixed ages (from 6 months to 70 years). You will be providing breakfasts, lunches and dinners for 23 people. Accommodation is provided. You will be a driver. Some of the party are gluten intolerant and this needs careful attention as some food needs to be totally separate.

COOK NEEDED for Wedding Guest Catering
ST ac

29 April-3 May/nr Banbury

Cook needed to provide the catering for guests staying prior to and post wedding. You will need to be unflappable and organised and able to produce delicious, but non-cheffy meals for 13 people but rising to up to 30 people towards the weekend of the wedding. Meals will be at table until the numbers rise, then there will need to be buffet food that can be kept warm for guests as they arrive/get ready for the wedding. You will need to be relatively local to Banbury area as accommodation cannot be provided.

Assistant Chef for Celebrity Lifestyle Baker, Chef and Cookery Writer
F cb

February 2020 start/Central London

Ex-model turned celebrity gluten-free chef is looking for an assistant to work ad hoc hours as a freelancer preparing fruits and vegetables, some meal preparation, breakfasts following her recipes and keeping a food inventory. Likely schedule will be Monday and Wednesday mornings and some weeks Friday and Saturday afternoons.

SH ls

1st August 2020/Mougins, France

Chef needed for a family holiday based 15 minutes from Cannes in SE France. You will be catering for a core family of 5 (2 adults and 3 teenagers) plus regular visitors. Family is happy to have someone who has recently qualified. There are 3 supermarkets nearby, so shopping is straightforward. You will be a driver and there is access to a car for shopping. Basic French a bonus. Accommodation is in a 2 bedroom flat with 2 kingsize beds - chef can invite up to 3 friends to visit. There is one day off per week. Pay level suitable for new graduate.

P eg

Jan/Feb start/Belgravia/Mayfair

Embassy is looking for an private chef for an active diplomat with high responsibilities based in London at their residence and at a small but busy embassy. Chef will prepare weekly menus, shop for ingredients and prepare fresh meals. They will be able to adapt to the nutritional requirements of the employer and their guests and ensure the food is always cooked and served to the highest standard possible. On some occasions the chef will cook for high profile guests and impeccable preparation and presentation will be required. This role will suit someone with a positive attitude who is able to work autonomously and has excellent manners. The Ambassador is looking for a chef who can cook simple and healthy food on a day to day basis while occasionally preparing more complex meals.

P mq

immediate start/W8

A private chef is required in Kensington to cook for a family of 4 people Monday to Friday approximately 4pm-8pm.

Private Chef for in SW1
P sl

immediate start/SW1

Chef is need for approximately 20-25 hours per week to cater for one person plus occasional guests. For health reasons, the client is on a restrictive anti-inflammatory diet (MCAS diet). A few days training will be provided by the current chef who has been cooking for her at a wellness centre for the last few months. Mondays- Fridays permanent part-time.

ST jv

7-14 June 2020/Invernesshire

Chef required to cook for 12 on an estate in Invernesshire. Cooked breakfasts, soups and sandwiches for lunch, then 1-2 course supper. Happy for this to be the cook's first job as it is a simple service. Chef is welcome to go fishing during the day on the Lochs. It is very remote, so you will need to be happy with this and make sure that provisioning is thorough.

Chef for Summer Music and Yoga Courses in Bergerac, France
S lb

May - September 2020/Bergerac, France

Chef is required to cater for 10-12 guests attending week long music and/or yoga courses during the summer of 2020. The chef will need to produce lunch on each day of the course and supper on six of the seven nights. Breakfast is continental (breads, granola, yogurt, fruit platter etc). Lunches are served buffet-style and consist of salads, vegetable tarts, mezze etc with supper being a formally plated main course, cheese board and dessert. The food needs to be interesting and innovative and must be beautifully presented. In addition to breakfast, lunch and supper, the chef will need to provide morning coffee with homemade biscuits and two canapes each evening for an aperitif.

The chef will be professional at all times, well-presented and organised and comfortable working in an open-plan kitchen which will need to be kept clean and tidy.

Breakfast is served at 8,30am with lunch at 1.00pm, canapes at 6.30pm and dinner at 8pm. There will be a kitchen assistant to help with laying tables, prep and clearing. On one evening the guests will go out to eat, so the chef would be free from after lunch on that day. During free time chef is able to enjoy the facilities including a salt water swimming pool and beautiful gardens. Accommodation is provided in a private room with ensuite bathroom. Ideally, the same chef will cover all the dates, but it is possible to split the bookings between more than one chef.

Dates of the courses are as follows:

May 6-13 (piano)

June 4-11 (piano)

June 17-24 (piano)

July 10-17 (piano)

August 23-30 (piano)

September 9-13 (yoga/vegetarian)

Permanent Part-Time PRIVATE HOUSEHOLD CHEF - Oxon
P ng

January 2020 start/Hook Norton, Oxon

Permanent part-time household chef needed from Friday-Sunday to prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner. Accommodation provided; employed status with pension contribution and statutory holiday entitlement. You will be a non-smoker and a driver - there is use of a car.

Full-time Permanent Private Cook
P nl

28th October 2019 start/Peterborough

Permanent, full-time cook is needed for a large, private country house near Peterborough. The candidate will have suitable experience and a knowledge and passion for food. Excellent organisational skills are essential to ensure the smooth running of the kitchen, including sourcing the best seasonal ingredients (some grown in the kitchen garden), as well as larder and freezer management. The family lives mostly in Cambridgeshire but 6-8 weeks of each year are spent at their other country houses in North Wales and South Yorkshire where the cook will usually accompany them. The core family is 2-4 people, but regular entertaining is involved in all 3 houses for up to 25 people. There are also some regular staff meals that need to be provided.

A variety of accommodation is available depending on the family circumstances of the candidate. Candidate must be a driver with a full, clean driving licence and their own car. There is access to a staff car for shopping and other work-related travel.