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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.

Part-time Permanent cook for private household in Kensington
P mq

immediate start/W8

A part-time permanent cook is needed to work Monday-Friday from 2-8pm preparing healthy, nutritious, balanced meals for a family of 4. Client is happy to consider newly qualified or more experienced chefs.

Help needed with food delivery service in HA5
ST hg

immediate start/HA5

Leiths graduate is looking for help with her food delivery service. You will be working in her kitchen strictly observing social distancing rules. 1-2 days minimum, 3 days maximum per week. Fridays definitely, then one other day depending on how busy she is.

You will need to be local to HA5 for early starts - 7/8am - and to avoid use of public transport.

DORNOCH FIRTH one week
SH cr

Dornoch Firth/w/c 11th July

Chef needed for a family gathering of 14 people for one week from 11th July. DIY breakfast, simple lunches of interesting salads, cheese, cold meats, fruit etc. Kids tea @ 5pm and 2/3 course supper required. Ideally you are a driver. Accommodation provided and flights to Inverness (or mileage if you are driving). Would suit a recent graduate in terms of experience level.

PRIVATE HOUSEHOLD chef in W8
P jr

immediate start/W8

Chef needed in private household to plan, prepare and cook daily meals as well as monitoring and replenishing food supplies and equipment. Chef will prepare all meals for the Principals and when required, family and guests. There will also be the opportunity to cook for lunch and dinner parties. Chef will also be responsible for preparing lunch for a small team of staff. You will have a professional qualification and ideally experience gained within a private household. You will have excellent organisational and timekeeping skills and be able to plan and prepare menus within an agreed budget. Exceptional eye for detail and a commitment to high standards of presentation is required. You will be self-motivated and happy to work both independently and as part of a small team. Benefits package includes a 15% employer contribution pension scheme and 33 days annual leave (including bank holidays).

Isle of Mull - 8 days in August
SH sf

14th August start/Isle of Mull

Chef needed to cater breakfast, lunch and dinner for 10 guests in a rented house on the Isle of Mull. Excellent provisioning and organisational skills required and must be a driver with own car.

Summer Holiday Chef nr St Emilion - 2 weeks in August
SH am

8th August start/Bordeaux area

This is a small houseparty of 5 adults and 4 children (aged 4 and 5 years) but a busy job as children's and adult's meals will be served separately. A DIY breakfast will be ready from 7am; children's lunch served at 12.20pm and adult's lunch at 1.30pm. Children's supper at 5.20pm and adult's supper at 8.15pm. Sample menus can be provided to illustrate client preferences. Travel and accommodation included - accommodation may need to be shared with the nanny, but this is yet to be confirmed. Otherwise chef will have a separate room. You will be a driver, have strong organisational and interpersonal skills. Would suit a graduate with a couple of years experience in private cheffing.

SOUTH OF FRANCE - month of August
SH rl

month of August/South of France

​Client with a private home in the South of France is looking for a chef from 30th July until end of August. The house has a well-equipped kitchen and has a British housekeeping couple who live on site who will help to lay tables, set out breakfast, assist with shopping, kitchen chores and washing-up. The work is flexible but will generally involve some breakfast prep and planning, though cooked breakfasts are only required on rare occasions; a delicious two course lunch plus cheese and a more sophisticated dinner. The style is elegant and rustic Mediterranean with a focus on light and fresh. High quality ingredients can be sourced locally. There will typically be 12 to 24 guests. Chef will have 1.5 days off per week and will be provided with board and accommodation. Salary will depend on experience. May suit a couple who wish to job-share.

You will need to be a driver and some French is helpful for shopping.

Permanent part-time family cook - Kings Langley
P ec

immediate start/Kings Langley

Cook needed to prepare and serve family meals at 6-6.30pm and clear away, Monday to Friday. Some weekend entertainment, but otherwise shop and leave food for the weekend. Will need to live locally.

SW France for 2 weeks
SH jm

24th July start/SW France

Chef needed to cater for 8-10 people in SW France from 24th July for two weeks. The house is about an hour and half's drive from Bordeaux. Accommodation is provided. Must be a driver.

CORFU - 10 weeks from mid-June
SH cb

mid-June start/Corfu

Experienced chef required to cater for up to 14 guests in a luxury villa in North East Corfu. You will be working in an open plan kitchen, so it's essential that you are an organised, efficient and tidy chef. You will be working with a front of house manager and two housekeepers for guests renting the villa over the summer season.

PRIVATE CHEF for 1 MONTH in SE France
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.

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.