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Successful career as a Private Yacht Chef

Are you a culinary professional looking for a job at sea? This is your chance to taste a new kind of success as a private yacht chef. Yacht chef jobs are the only upper level position onboard that can be filled by a novice to yachting. A chef that is well trained, either in school or apprenticeship, has high-end restaurant background, and the right attitude can be successful aboard a yacht.

Many Chefs find that working on a luxury yacht challenges their creative skills, as they are not locked into cooking the same meal day after day. The chef is responsible for all guest and crew food, three meals a day, seven days a week. Yacht chefs are also responsible for galley cleaning, including all of the cooking utensils, pots and pans, menu planning, provisioning and gourmet research.

Yacht Chefs: Feeding All Hands On Deck

New Yacht Chefs:

  • Culinary degree or equivalent training, apprenticeship, work as chef in another venue
  • Menu planning "Sample Menu"
  • Nutrition
  • Proof of good presentation skills "Food Photos"
  • A good repertoire of recipes
  • Ability to build rapport with guests (food is a focal point of any yachting trip)
  • Good attitude


Experienced Yacht Chefs:

  • All of the above
  • Excellent yachting experience
  • Table settings
  • Management skills

 

The biggest difference between a Chef aboard a yacht and a conventional (land based) Chef is the extensive planning required at sea. You will do your own provisioning and preparation work, cleanliness is essential! On some smaller vessels, you may also share other vessel responsibilities, while on larger luxury yachts you may have the services of one or more of the stewards/stewardesses for prep work, serving, clearing and cleaning.