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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.

COOK NEEDED for Wedding Guest Catering
ST ac

29 April-3 May/nr Banbury

Cook needed to provide the catering for guests staying prior to and post wedding. You will need to be unflappable and organised and able to produce delicious, but non-cheffy meals for 13 people but rising to up to 30 people towards the weekend of the wedding. Meals will be at table until the numbers rise, then there will need to be buffet food that can be kept warm for guests as they arrive/get ready for the wedding. You will need to be relatively local to Banbury area as accommodation cannot be provided.

P cp

immediate start/Battersea

Family is looking for a regular Sunday cook to cater for core family of 6 plus occasionally extended family. Ideal candidate will be personable, confident and experienced and happy to work in an open plan kitchen. Client is more interested in enthusiasm and good attitude than experience, but will need to be an organised worker and must like children and animals!

Assistant Chef for Celebrity Lifestyle Baker, Chef and Cookery Writer
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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.

P eg

Jan/Feb start/Belgravia/Mayfair

Embassy is looking for an private chef for an active diplomat with high responsibilities based in London at their residence and at a small but busy embassy. Chef will prepare weekly menus, shop for ingredients and prepare fresh meals. They will be able to adapt to the nutritional requirements of the employer and their guests and ensure the food is always cooked and served to the highest standard possible. On some occasions the chef will cook for high profile guests and impeccable preparation and presentation will be required. This role will suit someone with a positive attitude who is able to work autonomously and has excellent manners. The Ambassador is looking for a chef who can cook simple and healthy food on a day to day basis while occasionally preparing more complex meals.

P mq

immediate start/W8

A private chef is required in Kensington to cook for a family of 4 people Monday to Friday approximately 4pm-8pm.

Private Chef for in SW1
P sl

immediate start/SW1

Chef is need for approximately 20-25 hours per week to cater for one person plus occasional guests. For health reasons, the client is on a restrictive anti-inflammatory diet (MCAS diet). A few days training will be provided by the current chef who has been cooking for her at a wellness centre for the last few months. Mondays- Fridays permanent part-time.

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
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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.

Full-time Permanent Private Cook
P nl

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.