We are experienced in providing domestic staff to private clients including chefs and cooks in Kensington, Knightsbridge, Park Lane and other parts of London and the South East.
Well-experienced cooks and chefs, who cook from fresh ingredients and use their own flair and individuality, whether it be family meals or a large banquet or dinner party. Sometimes the role is combined with housekeeping or butlering.
A private personal chef may work for an employer from a primary residence and or 2nd homes, on a yacht, or even on their employer’s private plane. A private chef may also perform the majority of his or her work independently; or they may work closely with other chefs, a butler or housekeeper to ensure that their employers’ domestic operations run smoothly. The majority of private chefs may work for a single employer as a live-in or live out daily employee.
A private chef will develop an awareness of their employers’ needs, as well as their particular likes and dislikes as far as food is concerned. They can plan bespoke menus to their employers’ preferences paying attention to such things as intolerances to specific ingredients and other special dietary requirements. A private chef is responsible for provisioning/ shopping for food, menu planning, preparing and cooking meals for their employer(s), staff and guests.
They will produce visually pleasing meals and work in a clean and tidy manner maintaining the kitchen to high standards. A private chef will be very aware of food safety, hygiene and ensure food rotation is managed. They may be responsible for kitchen budgets and accounts or work closely with other staff on managing costs. In larger residences or staffed households a personal chef may manage a small team that they are able to delegate some of these tasks to.
Some personal chefs are also called upon to organise special events such as: dinner parties/ birthday parties, lunch parties, shoot lunches, BBQ’s, canapé drinks parties, cooking at chalets or summer villas. As the majority of personal chefs perform their cooking duties independently and as such are solely responsible for the dishes they prepare, a chef must already be fully trained and experienced in all aspects of their profession prior to taking a job as a personal chef.