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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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BRANCASTER, King's Lynn - summer holiday cook for month of August
SH js

August/North Norfolk

Family cook needed for a family of 2 adults and 3 teenagers, plus occasional guests. Meals once or twice a day, which might include picnics and meals for the freezer. Would very much like the cook to be included in family life - sailing, tennis, swimming pool etc. Accommodation is provided. Driver with own vehicle.

Private Chef 12-18 July in Sandwich Bay
ST sf

12 July start/Kent

Chef required to cook breakfasts and a lovely dinner every day for 8-10 people. Guests will be staying in tipis in the garden and attending the golf open during the day. Accommodation for the chef will be in a luxury, fully-self-contained campervan.

Summer Holiday Chef - Itchenor, West Sussex 7-22 August
SH ac

7 August start/West Sussex

Family is looking for a chef with a minimum of 1 year of experience to prepare breakfast/lunch/dinner for a range in numbers from 4-6 adults and 1-4 children, as the core family will have guests staying during the period. Cooking will be traditional family-style meals but with more formal dining on occasion.

West Coast Scotland - August
SH cw

August but flexible start date/West Coast, Scotland

Cook needed for approx 10 adults and 3 children, but numbers will fluctuate in a beautiful location on West Coast of Scotland. Skill level does not need to be massively experienced, but comfortable with large numbers.

Cook for mid-Norfolk Family - comes with a cottage
P dh

start asap/Norfolk

Experienced cook required for mid Norfolk family. Wednesday to Sunday afternoon. Charming detached three bedroom cottage with garden included. Must have excellent references and be a driver.

PRIVATE HOUSEHOLD CHEF based in Central London
P jr

September start/Central London

A private household based in Central London is looking for a fulltime cook to work 30 hours per week, Monday to Friday, with usually one evening per week. Chef will be responsible for the planning, preparation and cooking of daily meals, monitoring and replenishing food supplies and equipment for the household. On a day-to-day basis the chef will prepare all meals for the principals and when required, family and guests, as well as preparing lunch for a small team of staff. There will also be a variety of formal occasions. You will have a professional qualification and ideally, previous experience in a private household. Self-motivated and pro-active, you will possess an enthusiastic and hands-on attitude to work.

Yacht Chef - Mallorca, cruising the Mediterranean
Y md

immediate start/Palma de Mallorca

Seasonal yacht chef is required for an immediate start in Mallorca. 6 guests and 3 crew (including the chef) - Captain, Mate, Chef. Stewardess role is shared equally between all three crew. Chef age range 23-33. Active crew in down time with hiking, swimming, running etc. Own cabin. Must be comfortable with gluten free, keto, Asian, fish and shellfish, meat, light healthy meals.

4 weeks in Antibes - month of July
SH df

early July start/Antibes, South of France

A confident and experienced chef is needed to cater for +/- 12 people for 4 weeks starting in early July (and possibly most of August if available). Chef must be able to cook high quality, but casual meals for lunches and dinners - family style sharing plates, BBQ meat/fish, simple and unfussy. You will be independent and confident in planning meals in coordination with the client. There will be some time off when guests eat out, which will be agreed around their schedule. Accommodation provided in a private room with ensuite bathroom. You will be a driver and will have use of a vehicle.

Mykonos, Greece - 8 weeks
SH cz

mid June - mid July; all of August/Mykonos, Greece

Cook required to prepare all meals for a family of 6 and up to 16 people for dinner parties. Good experience of Mediterranean healthy food - Greek and Italian, salads, fish, meats and BBQs. Must be comfortable with small and large groups and able to do buffets and plated food. 1 day off per week. Must be a driver. Pay rate would suit an Essentials graduate or Foundation Term only.

Experienced Private Chef - Saratoga Springs, NY - 7 days
ST sc

15th August start/Saratoga Springs, NY

An experienced private chef is needed for one week in Saratoga Springs, New York from 15th August. Number of guests 8-20. Requirements will be light breakfasts and lunches with entertaining in the evenings. Chef will menu plan, shop, prepare food and clear. They are looking for a young, energetic, non-intrusive chef who can fit in with a fun and kind family during an exciting week in the horse racing season. Flights and accommodation covered.

WEEKEND CHEF - Isle of Skye
WE em

24-26 September 2021/Isle of Skye

Chef needed for a party of 40 guests on the Isle of Skye 24-26 September. BBQ style food on Friday evening, 3 course dinner on Saturday night and brunch on Sunday. Accommodation provided. Must be a driver.

Experienced Private Chef for large group in Oban
SH kt

10-17 July/Oban, Scotland

An experienced private chef plus assistant with some training or experience in the kitchen needed for one week (10-17 July) to cater for a group of up to 20 guests. Breakfast to be prepared for family to help themselves; lunches will be light - salads etc and filled baps for those going out; a cake or similar for afternoon tea; dinner will be generally 2 courses with one or two nights more special with canapes and 3 courses. There may be a dinner party with additional guests during the week. Chef will be well-organised, ordering food in advance for delivery. Excellent fish available at Oban harbour. This is a gluten free family, so no wheat. Healthy and delicious - more Ottolenghi than Le Gavroche! The group is composed of adults and young adults (19-21 years old). The holiday will involve lots of different outdoor activities with everyone coming together in the evenings. The assistant will be happy to do some light housework to keep the house in order. Chef will be a driver, there is use of a car.

PERMANENT PRIVATE HOUSEHOLD CHEF - Cotswolds
P tg

immediate start/OX7

An experienced private household chef is needed for a live-out position (must be within 40 minute commute of OX7). Must be able to travel with the family for the month of August to the South of France, and for 3-weeks-at-a-time trips to French West Indies in December/January/March and November. Christmas and Bank Holidays are also required work days. Chef will be require on a weekly basis to cook for 3 days - this is normally fridge prepared meals for the family members to heat up themselves. Chef will be creative around specific likes and dislikes and different dietary requirements for family members. There will be more formal lunches and dinners on occasion, but notice will be given of these events. There are several dining areas and kitchens on the estate, each of which is well laid out and well-equipped. When travelling there is a very good standard of staff accommodation, and plenty of down time as the family and guests will often be out for lunches and dinners.

LYMINGTON - family cook 26-30 July
SH cf

26th July start/Lyminton

Cook who is based in the Lymington area is needed for a family gathering in the last week of July. Family lunches and dinners needed for 8-10 people plus a small drinks party. Ideally you are available for 5 days, but would be possible to do 2 or 3 days with some freezer filling. Client is flexible. No accommodation, so needs to be a local chef.

Summer Holiday Chef RAMATUELLE, Var, France - 1-24 August
SH am

1st August start/South of France

Enthusiastic and friendly chef required to cater for a family holiday near Ramatuelle. The group will be 8-14 people plus guests on occasion. Buffet breakfasts and lunches, afternoon tea, and for dinner rustic canapes followed by Ottolenghi-style suppers. The family enjoys light Mediterranean dishes that make the most of local produce. The kitchen is the hub of the house, so chef needs to be a tidy worker and happy to have people coming in and out of the kitchen. Would suit a new graduate. Needs to be a driver.

Summer Holiday Cook - Mallorca for 1 week from 8th August
SH fl

8th August start/Mallorca

Friendly and flexible chef needed for 1 week in Mallorca from 7th August.

8 adults and 4 children.

One adult completely gluten free and one child has a severe nut allergy.

Fly out on 8th August

Own bedroom

Use of an automatic car

. Breakfast spread of breads/yoghurts/fruit platter/smoked salmon etc. there might well be requests for eggs.

. Lunch. Big salads, barbecued meat/fish for example

. Probably kids tea, but simple

. Dinner....same as lunch really.

. No starters required, but canapés/nibbles/tapas before dinner.

. very simple puddings....ice creams/brownies/poss bought tarts/fruit platters/cheese board

All menus will be decided ahead of time, so there will be no nasty surprises, but if chef wants to have some fun and try some new things, then fantastic.

Would suit a new graduate but friendly, fun and flexible will be the key.

Chef for 2 weekends 2-4 July and 16-18 July in North Wales
WE cm

July/Llandudno, North Wales

A recently qualified, organised chef is needed to cook for a weekend party 2-4 July for 10-12 guests in an informal setting. Separate kitchen to work in and other housekeeping staff to help. There is use of a car for shopping and a good train service from London Euston, if needed.

There is a second weekend, 16-18 July, and ideally it would be the same chef if possible.

NORTH NORFOLK - 2 weeks
SH lnh

17 July start/North Norfolk

Cook required for a family holiday in North Norfolk from 17th July for two weeks. Core family of 2 adults and 2 children aged 6 and 4 years but there will be friends and family visiting. Simple lunches and picnics, children's supper (usual kids' food) and dinner for up to 6 adults. Food does not need to be over-sophisticated or fussy. Would suit new graduate level confident cooking family food. Ideally a driver with own car.

PART-TIME PERSONAL CHEF
P vk

startApril 2021/SW18 & SE1

A boutique hospitality service for HNW individuals is looking for an assistant chef to join the team. The food service includes providing ready-to-eat lunches, refined table service dinners, team picnics and afternoon teas. Also provided are hospitality solutions from cooking demos to bespoke themed food and drinks pairing events. The team works around clients' busy schedules to provide exceptional service and make the product personalised to the individual in question.

The chef will be passionate about deliciousness and comfortable cooking in private kitchens. The ideal candidate will operate with utmost professionalism. Role includes support with food prep and mise en place; following menu plans precisely; assembling and leaving ready-to-eat lunches for clients; cooking, plating and serving weeknight dinners for clients; cooking, plating and serving hosted dining experiences for clients approximately once per week; receiving and examining food orders; managing stock rotation; daily cleaning of kitchen cooking area. You will have food safety training and certification; experience as a personal or restaurant chef; knowledge of a variety of dietary lifestyles and restrictions; ability to cook different cuisines.

This is a part-time opportunity working Mon-Sat. Average prep shift 9am (for 3 hours) in SW18; average shift 2.30pm (for 5 hours) in SE1 (& various locations). Currently 2-3 shifts per week available with opportunity to increase.

PRIVATE HOUSE - Beccles, Suffolk
F pe

Summer '21 start/Suffolk

Locally-based chef is required in an ongoing, flexible role catering for a large house during school holidays. Typically, a couple of weeks of help required each holiday, plus the occasional shoot weekend etc throughout the year. Chef will be confident catering for large groups of friends, providing good, traditional food with the occasional formal dinner. An interest in getting involved in ideas outside the kitchen e.g. outdoor cooking, picnics, bbqs is an advantage.

ALDEBURGH, Suffolk - local summer holiday chef
SH jc

14th August/Suffolk

Family is looking for a local chef for one week from 14th August. 4 adults and 4 children under 8 years old. The family would be happy with a newly qualified chef to prepare breakfasts (cooked as required); 4 lunches; children's tea every day; 4 dinners for the adults. There is no accommodation available, so chef will need to be locally based or have access to accommodation elsewhere. Great food will be a focus of the holiday, but dining will be relaxed.

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.