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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.

Summer Holiday Cook - Padstow for 1 week
SH tc

24th July/Padstow

Holiday cook needed to cater for 6 adults and 2 toddlers for 6 days from 24th July. Family is looking for laid back holiday catering which is quite flexible and they may eat out for lunch or supper. Accommodation is provided. You will be a driver with own vehicle. This would suit a Foundation level, Essentials or new Diploma graduate.

Summer Holiday Chef - 1 week in Herefordshire
SH hl

27th August start/HR8

Private chef is required to cater for a family gathering comprising 10 adults and 5 children aged 1 year to 5 years old. All meals to be catered for (with the possible exception of breakfast). The children will eat an early supper with adults having dinner later on. All menu planning, shopping and clearing up to be taken care of. Ideally a local chef who can come and go, but accommodation can be provided. Driver with own vehicle preferred. Location is midway between Hereford and Tewkesbury.

Holiday Chef - 1 week nr Abergavenny
SH ff

2nd July start/Wales

Family holiday chef needed for 1 week from 2nd July to cater for 9 people. Accommodation provided. Will need to be a driver with own vehicle.

NORFOLK - 1 week from 30th July
SH kr

30th July start/Norfolk

Family holiday cook needed to cater for a group of 14 guests of mixed ages. Some lunches required (picnics or outdoor lunches), but mainly evening meals. Some suppers will be casual, and some with 3 courses and more formal. Would appreciate a Diploma level cook who is a driver with own car. Accommodation provided.

Scottish Highlands - 2 weeks from 21 August
SH kd

21st August start/Scottish Highlands

Family is looking for an organised, talented cook to provide families meals. Full, cooked breakfasts; light lunches, or picnics; a cake for afternoon tea; 3 course dinners (sometimes with canapes). Food should be light with few carbs. If numbers are greater than 10 or 12 on any nights, an assistant will be provided to help with prep/serving/clearing.

Flights to and from Inverness covered as well as travel to and from Inverness airport to the property. However, the cook will self-fund travel expenses to departure airport. If driving up, then suitability will depend on distance of travel. Driver helpful, but not essential - there is use of a car.

Would suit a confident, recently qualified cook or someone a little more experienced, as is reflected in the day rate.

Chef for 1 week in the Champagne District
SH qh

8 August 2021 start/Champagne, France

A family of 7 is looking for a chef for a one week stay in the Champagne region of France from 8th August 2021. Breakfasts to be laid out with some occasional cooked breakfasts to order; light lunches of salads, cheeses, cold meats and fruit and picnics when required; canapes followed by a plated 3 course dinner. Flights and accommodation provided. Ideally a chef with experience of similar work in France who has decent French for shopping and is a driver.

Home Cook - Richmond
ST fb

1st February start/Richmond

Cook who is well-versed in Pakistani cuisine is required to prepare healthy meals for a small family on a short-term basis - fresh chapatis, shami kebabs, curries, samosas etc. Would suit a chef based locally. Drop-offs or cooking on site possible - kitchen is separate from the rest of the household, so will enable chef to work in a Covid-safe environment. Chef will be needed for 3 months from 1st February to come 3 times per week.

NANTUCKET, Massachusetts - month of AUGUST
SH nb

August 2021/USA

Family of 5 is looking for a cook to join them for the month of August in Nantucket. During the week, it is just the family so simple Mediterranean-style cooking, plenty of bbqs and salads. The main role is at the weekends when the family has guests staying. The family would like someone who is happy to drive, and likes to be part of the action - swimming/tennis etc. Would suit a recent graduate or a more experienced chef, but finding the right fit is most important to the client.

Experienced Private Chef - London - Cotswolds - St Tropez
P ph

Start ASAP/W11

Family based in Notting Hill requires a young (30-35 years old), experienced chef with past restaurant experience but importantly, private household experience with UHNW families. The chef will be willing to travel perhaps 15 weeks of the year - travel times will typically be 4-6 weeks in Jan/Feb; Easter; May Half-Term; July and August; October Half Term. Outside travel times, the work will be divided between Notting Hill and the Cotswolds and adaptability is key. Some weeks will be 3 full days in London, others may be a long-weekend in the Cotswolds. When the family is in the UK, the chef will be preparing dinners only and leaving breakfast juices ready for the next morning for the housekeeper to serve. The family entertains regularly, at least once a month. Usually the family will plan ahead a month at a time so that the chef will know the schedule. The chef is at liberty to take on other private work when not working for the family as long as it is understood that they will always be the priority.

When abroad, the chef will be providing all meals for the family as well as for guests staying at the property and for any entertaining.

You will be self-sufficient, adaptable an exciting and creative chef well-versed in vegan and vegetarian cookery. The family favours sharing dishes in the style of Ottolenghi.

The family consists of 2 adults and a 4 year old as well as 4 older children; there is a nanny and housekeeper.

Family Cooking - Esher
P mp

immediate start/KT10

Young family is looking for a cook to come perhaps once a week to start with, but may increase depending on how things work out, to prepare healthy, varied family meals. Chef will be required to menu plan and shop, take care of all food-related tasks and keep the kitchen spotless. There are two adults a 5 week-old baby and two toddlers aged 4 and 2 years. There is the potential for the position to develop - cooking for dinner parties, and travelling abroad with the family on holiday. Icing on the cake would be if the chef is a Spanish speaker.

Permanent Private Head Chef - Mayfair
P eb

immediate start/W1

A private family is looking for a talented and enthusiastic Holistic Chef, expert in culinary nutrition, to cater for a family of 4 on a full-time basis. The chef must be able to work around the strict dietary requirements of the family to create and craft recipes around plant-based, healthy, clean cooking and a free-from diet, using the best seasonal ingredients. The family enjoys a variety of cuisines from Japanese to Mexican, from Italian to contemporary European at a Michelin star level. Menus must be exciting with variety, innovation and creativity. Presentation of dishes is expected to be exceptionally appealing.

The Head Chef will also be responsible for the administration of the kitchen, including health & safety, hygiene regulation, food stock management, food sourcing and requisitions, department inventory, maintaining the kitchen environment at a high level of cleanliness and hygiene.

The chef will join an incredibly motivated, supportive and caring team. Integrity, work ethic, team spirit are essential in the successful candidate.