If you have experience working as a fine dining chef and especially if you have managed to gain Private Chef experience from chalets, villas or private households then a move into the yachting industry is an option. It enables chefs to work outside of their comfort zone, face daily challenges and really develop as a chef.
All yacht chef jobs will involve working in the small galley kitchen, which takes some getting used to and learning how to provision becomes an essential skill. However, once you have some experience, the role of a yacht chef enables you to travel the world catering for the rich and famous and make some good money. A private yacht enables you to really get to know a family and cater to their tastes, a charter yacht will keep you busy with different guests each week.
You need to be flexible, happy to work long hours and be able to say yes to any request. You will provide breakfast, lunch, dinner, food the crew and the odd midnight snack if requested by the guests. Smaller chefs will have sole chefs, the larger yachts will have a team of chefs, so if you are new to the industry you may choose to work your way up through a galley kitchen before moving into a sole chef position.
Generally speaking, all chef jobs on yachts are incredibly hard work. However, find the right yacht and crew for you and you’ll have the most fantastic experience.