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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.

Regular In-Home Cook - Kent
R ko

immediate start/KT20

Family of 5 is looking for a cook to come once a week or once every other week to batch cook dinners and lunches. Would be ideal for a graduate with lots of enthusiasm.

Summer Holiday Chef - nr Bordeaux
SH cbr

16th August start/France

Summer holiday chef needed to cater for 6-11 people at a beautiful chateau near Bordeaux. Role is for 1-2 weeks. Accommodation is provided. The cook will be asked to prepare informal breakfasts and suppers with picnic-style lunches. Very relaxed. Basic French helpful.

Family Cook - one week near Winchester
SH rm

7th August/SO21

Family looking for a chef for lunches and Dinners for 1 week staycation between 7th August and 16th August, there will be informal entertaining as the family will be using this time to to get together with local friends and family. Accommodation in the main house with separate bathroom can be provided.

Private Chef - 1-2 weeks in August
SH sc

August/Dorchester, Dorset

Private family chef is needed for one to two weeks in August (dates can be flexible) to provide breakfast, lunch and supper for 5-15 people. Fresh, healthy dishes Ottolenghi style or Mediterranean with lots of flavour and good quality ingredients are favoured. The family has a kitchen garden with veg and herbs, plus there is some meat from the organic farm where the role is based.

Private chef for family cooking - SW6
P db

immediate start/SW6

Private family chef needed as soon as possible to prepare 3 meals twice a week for a family of 4. No allergies, but a preference for healthy and tasty food.

Assistant Cook - Seasonal near King's Lynn
S er

August start/PE31

An assistant chef with a passion for baking and cooking fresh, seasonal local produce is needed to work alongside two other estate cooks in a busy cafe. Must be hard-working, well-presented and personable with a keen eye for detail. Must be local as there is no accommodation available.

Chef needed local to WINCHESTER for weekend drop-offs
WE rm

July and August/SO21

Chef need to menu plan, shop and prep up lunches and dinners for 6 adults and 4 children over the following weekend dates:

24 + 25 July

31 July + 1 August

14 + 15 August

18 + 19 August

Meals can be dropped off to be on hand in the fridge/freezer. Casual dining no need for anything too formal.

P dh

1st September start/W11

Family based in W11 is looking for a fulltime, live-out chef for a minimum of one year. Chef will be Leiths-trained to Diploma level and will be happy to travel with the family to Sweden and Colorado as required. Hours will be 9.5 per day for 5 days a week. The chef should be prepared to work occasional evenings/weekends if the clients are entertaining - reasonable notice will be given. Chef will be employed and will be entitled to 28 days holiday per year including bank holidays. Holiday to be taken only at times convenient to the employer. During travel periods, days and hours of work may be different, so the chef should be flexible.

Fulltime Chef for Family in London and Norfolk
P acf

latest start Sept 20/London and Norfolk

Chef is needed to provide dinners 5 days per week in London plus lunches and dinners in Norfolk during the school holidays. Ideally work weekends with 2 days off per week and work at Christmas. Numbers to be catered for 6-8 people. Accommodation can be provided as needed. You will be a driver and will have use of a car for shopping. Employment status can be either self-employed or employed with 20 days holiday entitlement per year. Client prepared to consider all levels of experience including newly graduated, enthusiastic and creative chefs.

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).

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.