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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’
Sarah T.

P jr

immediate start/W8

Chef needed in private household to plan, prepare and cook daily meals as well as monitoring and replenishing food supplies and equipment. Chef will prepare all meals for the Principals and when required, family and guests. There will also be the opportunity to cook for lunch and dinner parties. Chef will also be responsible for preparing lunch for a small team of staff. You will have a professional qualification and ideally experience gained within a private household. You will have excellent organisational and timekeeping skills and be able to plan and prepare menus within an agreed budget. Exceptional eye for detail and a commitment to high standards of presentation is required. You will be self-motivated and happy to work both independently and as part of a small team. Benefits package includes a 15% employer contribution pension scheme and 33 days annual leave (including bank holidays).

Charente-Maritime 11-18 July
SH dl

11th July start/Charente-Maritime

Family gathering to celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary is looking for a chef to cater for 16 people adults and kids. DIY breakfasts, simple cold lunches of charcuterie, cheeses, salads with the focus on dinner. Dinner will be 2 courses, but there may be one special evening when there will be canapes and 3 courses required. Ideally, the younger children will have an early supper at around 5pm. Would like a cook who is comfortable mingling with the family in an informal atmosphere. Accommodation is provided, you will be a driver with use of a car.

Isle of Mull - 8 days in August
SH sf

14th August start/Isle of Mull

Chef needed to cater breakfast, lunch and dinner for 10 guests in a rented house on the Isle of Mull. Excellent provisioning and organisational skills required and must be a driver with own car.

WE pl

8th May start/Cornwall

Chef needed to cater for a weekend in Cornwall from 8th May for 3 days. Number to be catered for generally 10, but some meals the numbers will rise to 16 with some catering for children too. Accommodation is provided.

ST TROPEZ - 4-11 July
SH cr

4th July start/nr St Tropez

Cook needed for a week 4-11 July near St Tropez to cater for 8 adults and 8 kids on their family holiday. Lunches and suppers only. Lunches will be interesting salads, cheese, baguettes, fruit; supper will be 2/3 courses of classic Mediterranean dishes. The kids will eat separately at 5pm - simple suppers of e.g. pasta and adults at around 8pm. Accommodation is provided. You will need to be a driver. Would suit a recent graduate.

Summer Holiday Chef nr St Emilion - 2 weeks in August
SH am

8th August start/Bordeaux area

This is a small houseparty of 5 adults and 4 children (aged 4 and 5 years) but a busy job as children's and adult's meals will be served separately. A DIY breakfast will be ready from 7am; children's lunch served at 12.20pm and adult's lunch at 1.30pm. Children's supper at 5.20pm and adult's supper at 8.15pm. Sample menus can be provided to illustrate client preferences. Travel and accommodation included - accommodation may need to be shared with the nanny, but this is yet to be confirmed. Otherwise chef will have a separate room. You will be a driver, have strong organisational and interpersonal skills. Would suit a graduate with a couple of years experience in private cheffing.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.