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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.

Regular Family Cook - SW6
F db

immediate start/SW6

Family cook required to prepare meals - 3 suppers at a time, twice a week - for 2 adults. Days can be flexible. Meals can be prepared in cook's kitchen and delivered, or in the client's kitchen, but must be a neat and tidy chef.

HOLIDAY COOK 8-10 days in Beccles, SUFFOLK
SH hwm

17th August start/Suffolk

Family of 5 adults and 5 children (2x 4yrs, 1 x 2yrs and 2 infants) is looking for a cook with a good deal of experience dealing with family holidays and multiple people. Someone who loves cooking and may have worked in a chalet and is able to keep to daily timings of meals etc. One family member is dairy and gluten free. An adaptable, friendly person who can produce lovely, interesting, enjoyable food so that the adults can really relax. A family nanny will be staying part of the week, so children's meals will be taken care of, but for 3 days the family will need very basic children's meals prepared. There are other staff at the house.

FAMILY COOK - 5th August for 4 weeks in SUFFOLK
SH pg

5th August start/nr Stowmarket

Family need a summer holiday cook for 4 weeks from 5th August at their house in Suffolk. The core group will be about 6 people, but there will be others coming and going and there will be lunch and supper parties for larger numbers. No breakfast required just lunch and supper of freshly produced, delicious meals, which don't need to be fancy. There is a good butcher and greengrocer in the neighbouring village and access to a vegetable garden. Acommodation can be provided. Driver preferred.

HOLIDAY CHEF near Cannes
SH tf

various dates/South of France

Chef well-versed in Mediterranean cooking, but without needing to be too fancy, is needed from 18-26th July for 2-3 people; 1st-10th August for 4 adults and 3 children; and for 25-31 August for 6-8 adults. Ideally it would be the same chef each time, but happy to consider different candidates too.

Seasonal Chef for an Estate in Gloucestershire
S be

30th July start/OX18

Chef required to work at a country estate during the summer for a family of 5 and occasional guests. The family is not looking for a top chef, but someone who is a capable and competent cook, happy to follow the client's guidance in preparing meals and assisting her with a view to learning how to prepare these meals independently. You will have exemplary hygiene standards, and be willing to learn and fit in with the family. There is access to fruit, vegetables and meat from the estate. You will be discreet, have a good work ethic and be well-presented.

Accommodation can be provided and there is use of a car.

Dates: 30th July to 10th August inclusive; 19th August to 23rd August inclusive

Private Family Cook - 30 hours per week Central London
P jh

immediate start/Central London

Family of 6 in Bloomsbury seeks private chef for immediate start in a live out role. Mum is passionate about baking. One of the first things she does when visiting a foreign city is to find a good bakery! If you enjoy experimenting with sourdough starters, tracking down Guittard cocoa for brownies, grinding cardamom for Swedish buns, or making your own apricot jam for Sachertorte, this job may be for you.

Approximately 30 hours per week. Monday to Friday, 1 / 2 PM to 6 / 7 PM with earlier hours required on occasion when Dad travels for work.

Your responsibilities: Menu-planning, grocery-shopping at nearby Waitrose, preparing lunch & dinner (with breakfast to be prepared in advance).

Necessary personality traits: kindness and flexibility. There are four children, ages 7 to 1, which means a lively but chaotic household.

CHRISTMAS COOK 21 December - 4 January
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20 December start/GL54

Cook required over the Christmas period from 20th December for 2 weeks. Must have the ability to cook for different dietary requirements e.g. gluten free, vegetarian but also for regular diets. The core family is 5 people, but there will be a few dinner parties for 10-14. Accommodation is in a private apartment. Christmas Day will be a day off.

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25 December 2019/TN7

Christmas Day cook required in Hartfield, TN7 to cater for 20 people.

P mt

immediate start/SW6

Private cook needed to prepare meals for mostly two people 2-3 times per week. Healthy meals using fresh, organic ingredients. Open to all cuisines. No pork.

CHRISTMAS COOK - Cambridge for 10 days
X pm

22 December start/Cambridge

Christmas cook needed for large family gathering of 20+ for a period of 10 days. You will be catering for this number most days. Separate accommodation in barn.

Nr Biarritz - 10 days- 2 weeks
SH pj

20 August start/France

Confident cook needed to cook for up to 10 adults who enjoy good, seasonal food. Continental breakfasts with fruit, light salady lunches and 2 course dinner. Numbers will vary between 2 and 10. Ideally you are a driver 25 years + and would be happy to join in with family activities/outings. Plenty of time off during the day.

ASSISTANT CHEF for Lunch Prep in W14
P lmk

immediate start/W14

Assistant chef is needed to help prepare lunches for 70 people at a company in Chelsea Harbour 2 days per week. Help is need with prep and delivery but Chef will oversee the work. Ideal for a recent graduate. 3-6 months initially.