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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.

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Christmas Cook - Caithness for 7 days
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24th December/Berriedale, Caithness

Cook needed to cater for 16-18 people over Christmas and New Year in Caithness. You will be a driver with your own vehicle.

Cook for Private Family in SW7
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immediate start/SW7

Family is looking for a confident cook to prepare relaxed dinners for six people Monday - Friday - a first course and main course served at the table. In addition there will usually be 2 dinner parties per week for up to 12 guests. Ideally, the cook will make menu suggestions for discussion. You will be a self-starter, motivated and happy to have a busy household around when you are working. Weekly menu planning will be discussed ahead with the client and you will be expected to oversee what is in the fridge and larder, do the grocery shopping and look after all aspects of kitchen management. Anticipate 5 hours per day, but hours can be extended. The role can be live-in or live-out and there is use of a car.

Family Cook for Ad Hoc Prep of Meals
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immediate start/SW15

Family cook needed to prepare meals mainly at weekends for 2 adults and 2 children. Nothing too fancy required, just healthy, nutritious, family food. May be possible to work as a drop-off.

Private Family Cook - Permanent Part-time
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latest start November 2019/Kings Langley

Family is looking for a live-out cook to prepare evening meals for 5-7 people at 6-6.30pm and clear away, Monday to Friday in Kings Langley, mid-way between Hemel Hempstead and Watford. There will be some weekend entertaining, but otherwise the cook will shop and leave food for the weekend. Will need to be a driver with own vehicle.

Family Cook - 1 day per week NW10
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immediate start/White City

Cook needed one day per week to shop and prepare meals for a family of 5. The family avoids meat and enjoys healthy fish recipes and vegetables. There will also need to be children's food to be prepared.

Christmas Cook - Worcester
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25th-26th December/Worcester

Christmas cook required for 1-2 days in Worcester.

Private Cook - 30 hours per week Central London
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immediate start/Bloomsbury

Family in Central London seeks child-friendly cook to work 30 hours per week Monday-Friday. Foodie family particularly passionate about baking so knowledge, creativity and variety essential. Cook will be responsible for menu planning, grocery shopping at nearby Waitrose, cooking three meals per day (breakfast to be prepared in advance). The family lives in a small, two-bedroomed flat and there are 4 children aged 7,5, and 11 month old twins, so the cook will need to be happy to work in cheerful chaos, be kind, hardworkiing and flexible.

Christmas Cook 5 days - France
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22nd December start/St Foy Tarentaise, France

Christmas cook needed to cater for 8 adults and 2 children for 5 days in the Savoie region of France

Christmas Day Cook - Fulham
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25th December 2019/SW6

Christmas Day cook needed to cater a traditional Christmas lunch for 10-12 people at 3pm.

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immediate start/Notting Hill

Private chef needed to prepare and drop off meals 2 or 3 times a week for one person to specific dietary requirements to support a medical condition. Broadly follows Paleo principles. Ideal candidate will have creative and sound nutritional knowledge and will live locally in Notting Hill.

Full-time Permanent Private Cook
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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.

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25 December 2019/TN7

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

CHRISTMAS COOK - Cambridge for 10 days
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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.