Chef on a yacht is a professional cook who can follow the instructions of the Executive Chef and pass them on to the galley team. If there is no executive chef on the yacht, the chef will assume full command of the galley team and the galley.
Chef is an experienced person trained in upscale restaurants and private families. The Yacht Chef may be responsible for training cooks and their learning, management of the galley, its maintenance in good order, management of food stock, implementation of safety and hygiene standards in the galley, cooking meals and dressing dishes.
In addition, the chef follows the expense budget entrusted to him/her by his/her employer or by the executive chef. The chef should have great adaptability and flexibility. This job requires insistence on high standards and rigorousness appreciated by employers.
Morgan & Mallet Yacht Crew is a firm recruiting candidates with experience on yachts and having an extensive culinary knowledge. All candidates should have a file completed with photos of dishes, menu examples and references from former employers.
It is essential that chefs on yachts are inventive in finding local products based on the location of the yacht. Employers appreciate such findings and product discoveries.
A chef should also have a wide culinary knowledge, know cuisines of the world. An excellent chef is also a teacher with managerial and team management skills.
Given below is the non-exhaustive list of duties of a Chef on a yacht
Purchasing food according to the location of the yacht
Cooking meals for employers, families, guests and crew
Dressing dishes according to the employer’s request
Knowledge, use and compliance with food safety and hygiene standards
Follow the recommended budget and manage expenses
Adapt the menus according to the request of the employer
Follow or create the menus on his/her own
Inventory management, product rotation, inventory taking and replenishment
Galley maintenance, everyday cleaning after every service
Management of the team of assistants
Follow the instructions of the Executive Chef if there is any
Recruitment and training of new cooks
Given below are the skills required to be hired to a yacht as a Chef
Broad knowledge of the world cuisine, products by regions and seasons
Knowledge of replenishment methods
Knowledge of nutrition, modern diets, common allergies and new eating habits
Excellent creativity and presentation skills
Organisation, time management and adaptability
Accounting and IT knowledge (budget management)
Ability to overcome seasickness
High flexibility (ability to work several weeks on board)
Good team spirit and good communication skills
Be a teacher
Yacht chef salary
The salary of a yacht chef can vary depending on their experience, location, and the size of the yacht they work on. Generally, yacht chefs can earn a higher salary than land-based chefs due to the demands and responsibilities that come with working on a luxury yacht. The average salary for a yacht chef can range from $50,000 to $100,000 per year, with some experienced chefs earning up to $150,000 or more. In addition to their base salary, yacht chefs may also receive tips and bonuses for their exceptional work. Ultimately, the salary of a yacht chef reflects the importance of their role in ensuring that guests on board are satisfied with the highest quality of food and dining experience.