Executive Chef on a yacht is a professional cook and manager whose experience is formed in private companies during permanent or temporary contracts.
The executive chef is responsible for training the chef, management of the galley staff, management of the galley, its maintenance in good order, management of the inventory and products, implementation of safety and hygiene standards in the galley, cooking meals and food presentation.
In addition, the Executive Chef manages the expense budget entrusted to him/her by his/her employer. This budget will be observed according to the number of guests, meals and dishes to be made while taking into account the cost of products depending on the location of the yacht.
Executive Chef on a yacht is a person with great adaptability and flexibility. This job requires insistence on high standards and rigorousness appreciated by employers.
Morgan & Mallet Yacht Crew Recruitment Agency recruits candidates experienced in yachting, qualified as executive chef and with verifiable references from their former employers.
During interviews with candidates, the recruiters will also discover the knowledge of the Executive Chef relating to supply options in various regions of the world.
It is essential that the Executive Chef have a hands-on experience and understanding of logistics and specific aspects of selection of fresh and local food products.
The Executive Chef should also have gastronomic knowledge of cuisines of the world. The employer may wish to have fish, organic or vegan dishes. His/her primary quality is his/her ability to adapt to the demands of his/her employer.
An excellent Executive Chef is also a person with managerial skills and values, certain pedagogical qualities, who is able to listen and has stress management and team management skills.
He is the head of the galley and the main liaison between the employer and the galley team selected by him/her.
Given below is the non-exhaustive list of duties of an Executive 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 or cooks
Recruitment and training of new cooks on board
Given below are the skills required to be hired to a yacht as an Executive 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
Knowledge of wines and how they go with a dish
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 good manager (understanding, listening, training, pedagogy)
Yacht executive chef salary
The salary of a yacht executive chef can vary depending on a variety of factors, including experience, location, and the size of the yacht. Typically, an executive chef working on a large, high-end yacht can earn a salary of around $70,000 to $100,000 per year. However, this figure can increase substantially for chefs working on some of the largest and most luxurious yachts, where salaries can exceed $150,000 per year. In addition to a base salary, many yacht chefs receive additional benefits such as health insurance, paid vacation time, and bonuses for exceptional performance. Overall, a career as a yacht executive chef can be both lucrative and rewarding for those with the necessary skills and experience.