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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.

Christmas Cook - Oxford
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23, 24, 25 December/Oxford

Family is looking for a cook over Christmas to arrive 6pm 22nd December to unpack and leave at 6pm on Christmas Day. There will be 12 on 23rd, 10 on 24th and 6 for lunch on Christmas Day. Would suit new graduate.

CHRISTMAS & BOXING DAY CHEF - Taplow, Bucks
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25th & 26th December/Taplow, Bucks

Very accomplished chef required to produce Christmas and Boxing Day lunch for 8-10 people. Canapes and 3 courses for each lunch sitting. Dessert should have 2 options per lunch, one festive and one chocolate. Probably turkey for 25th and beef for 26th. Chef would need to be confident and of a very high standard. Use of an assistant can be discussed.

Christmas Day cook - Kew
X ts

25th December/Kew

Chef needed for Christmas Day meal for 23 people. Canapes, starter, traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings, pudding. Two waiters may also be necessary.

Chef for Private Chalet in Courchevel 1650 - 5 months
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6th December start/Courchevel

Chef required for private chalet from 6th December for approximately 5 months. Chef must be professionally trained with proven experience in catering and be comfortable working on their own to deliver a fine dining experience. The chalet is owned by an English family and is used by themselves, friends and family only. Not essential to be a driver as the host is a driver. Weeks when family is in residence can be full-on, but then the weeks with no guests make up for this. Chef would be required to put together a weekly menu included cooked and non-cooked option for breakfast, afternoon tea with homemade cakes, canapes and 4-course evening meal including cheese course. There would also need to be a separate children's menu. Chalet accommodates up to 14 people.

Familly Cook - Chigwell
P cc

immediate start/Chigwell, Essex

Family cook needed to prepare healthy family meals including salads incorporating herbs and spices, organic produce only, and juice preparation. Family of 5 with 3 children aged 3,6 and 9. 5 days per week.

Private Cook in Megeve from 26th December for 2-3 weeks
X jr

26th December start/Megeve, France

Private chef needed for a couple from 26th December for 2-3 weeks. Light lunch for one, then simple, healthy dinners for 2 people with a party for 12-14 people on New Year's Eve. There is plenty of help so no service needed but experience appreciated and high standards of hygiene.

Christmas Cook nr Stow on the Wold
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24/25 December/Gloucestershire

Christmas Cook needed to prepare Christmas Eve dinner; Christmas Day breakfast and Christmas Day lunch for 16-20 people near Stow-on-the-Wold. Will need to be local as no accommodation available.

Family Cook - Richmond
P rm

immediate start/Richmond

Family is looking for a private chef 3 times per week (minimum) for a core family of 5 people - 2 adults and 3 children (14.11 and 8 years old). Good, nutritious, home cooking. Chef will do the meal planning and the shopping (or leave a list for the housekeeper to order). Each visit approximately 5pm - 8.30pm.

Private Chef - Chelsea Creek
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immediate start/Chelsea Creek

Chef needed 2-3 times per week during the football season to cater for a premiership footballer. Looking for healthy meals - nutritious, balanced diet. Chef will need to have knowledge of professional athlete diet. Meal-planning, shopping and possibly prepping food for other days when the cook is not in situ. Approximately 2 hours (5.30-7.30pm) per visit plus shopping time.

Household Chef and Manager - Seasonal, South Africa
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December 2019 - March 2020/Franschhoek, South Africa

A British family is seeking a couple to work for them in their South African holiday home between December 2019 and March 2020. Chefs responsibilities will be planning, shopping and preparing up to 3 meals per day, taking account of various dietary requirements of the family and guests; delivering consistently good, simple, healthy and tasty food; working together with the host.

Household Manager's duties will be day-to-day management of the property, rooms, public areas as well as gardens and out-buildings. This involves managing up to 6 members of staff responsible for cleaning and service of the property as a whole; preparation of monthly house accounts; all service rendered to guests; looking after 10-20 guests at any given time as a sole steward; overseeing general maintenance of the property; assisting the chef with menu planning as well as all shopping for the menus, guest amenities and cleaning equipment; guest concierge.

Accommodation and use of a car provided.

Family Cook in Central London - 30 hours per week
P jh

immediate start/Bloomsbury

Family in Central London seeks child-friendly cook to work 30 hours per week Monday-Friday. Foodie family particularly passionate about baking so knowledge, creativity and variety essential. Cook will be responsible for menu planning, grocery shopping at nearby Waitrose, cooking three meals per day (breakfast to be prepared in advance). The family lives in a small, two-bedroomed flat and there are 4 children aged 7,5, and 11 month old twins, so the cook will need to be happy to work in cheerful chaos, be kind, hardworkiing and flexible.

Family Cook for Ad Hoc Prep of Meals
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immediate start/SW15

Family cook needed to prepare meals mainly at weekends for 2 adults and 2 children. Nothing too fancy required, just healthy, nutritious, family food. May be possible to work as a drop-off.

Private Family Cook - Permanent Part-time
P ec

latest start November 2019/Kings Langley

Family is looking for a live-out cook to prepare evening meals for 5-7 people at 6-6.30pm and clear away, Monday to Friday in Kings Langley, mid-way between Hemel Hempstead and Watford. There will be some weekend entertaining, but otherwise the cook will shop and leave food for the weekend. Will need to be a driver with own vehicle.

Christmas Cook - Worcester
X im

25th-26th December/Worcester

Christmas cook required for 1-2 days in Worcester.

Christmas Day Cook - Fulham
X cd

25th December 2019/SW6

Christmas Day cook needed to cater a traditional Christmas lunch for 10-12 people at 3pm.

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.