We are urgently recruiting a barge chef to join a beautiful luxury barge hotel TOMORROW and guests will also be flying tomorrow! The Chef must have a good working knowledge of food in general and have an active interest in the food of the region. They will need to be able to demonstrate good presentation skills and be organised with your provisioning, as you’re not always close to a supermarket.
You will be providing the breakfast, lunch and dinner for the 6 guests who will be staying aboard with 2 lunches being had off of the boat. Also cooking for your fellow crew members and preparing crew food is essential for a happy boat!
Lunches can be plated or buffet, but ideally should include both. The evening meals are more formal and usually consist of four courses, starter, main, cheese and dessert with perhaps an amuse bouche to create a perfect balance of flavours and interest.
The hotel barge galley is the Chef’s domain, and safety, cleanliness, and food hygiene are the up-most priorities and the responsibility of the Chef. It is essential that the Chef has suitable training and holds relevant certificates. Safety must include awareness and management of all safety equipment. Food hygiene must correspond to the strict norms of the restaurant industry.
The Chef is also responsible for shopping, stock management and bookkeeping. A driving licence, a good knowledge of French (where appropriate) and good spoken English are desired.
A hotel barge holiday along the smaller canals and rivers is all about exploring a region in slow comfortable detail; through the cruise, the tours, and especially the local cuisine. So the dishes we serve should be a well-researched variety from the region in a first instance, other national dishes second, and maybe include the Chef’s own culinary speciality. There is certainly scope for individual flair and creativity.
There is a generous salary of €850 per week as well as the potential to earn great tips! You will be sharing a cabin with one other person. This position is to begin ASAP until the end of October.