The royal family is hiring!
And for any chef who has dreamt of working in state-of-the-art kitchens preparing meals that are literally fit for a Queen, the recently advertised Demi Chef de Partie position could be the job of a lifetime.
According to the official job advertisement, which closes on New Year’s Day, the role is about “learning new techniques to deliver the oldest traditions. It’s being encouraged to learn new skills. And it’s helping to deliver extraordinary service in incredible surroundings.”
The Queen’s new chef will be expected to be able to prepare meals en masse and at speed, five days out of seven from Monday to Sunday, either at Buckingham Palace or other royal residences.
The Royal Collection Trust notes “the Queen receives a large number of formal and informal visitors to the Palace, including the Prime Minister at weekly audiences.”
“Investitures regularly take place in the Ballroom and more than 50,000 people visit the Palace each year as guests to banquets, lunches, dinners, receptions and the royal garden parties which are attended by some 30,000 guests.”
Candidates must be “an ambitious and qualified chef”, but the royals are really looking for a team player, with “strong communication skills and adaptability”, and the “ability and enthusiasm to deliver across all four sections of the kitchen.”
Most importantly, the ad says, the successful candidate will “have a clear passion for food and the catering industry, and will be eager to learn new skills.”
The lucky new hire will start on a salary of approximately $35,500 (£20,604.52) a year, including a 15 per cent employer-paid pension (superannuation) contribution. They’ll also get to live at Buckingham Palace, with meals included.