As far as catering jobs go, this is the crème de la crème, the cherry on top – if you will. Buckingham Palace is advertising for a new full-time Chef de Partie, whose responsibilities will include whipping up dishes for the Queen and her friends at state dinners and royal receptions.
The role includes live-in accommodation and complimentary meals, which sounds like you will actually be living at Buckingham Palace. There’s a catch though – if you take up this offer, your salary will decrease to reflect it, and it’s already quite low at £21,151.88 – nearly £2,000 less than the average for chefs in the capital.
There are other perks though: the pension contribution from BP will be 15%, while you’ll enjoy 33 days of holiday inclusive of bank holidays.
‘This is no ordinary Demi Chef de Partie role,’ the job description says. ‘In our state-of-the-art kitchens, you'll prepare classical and contemporary menus for a wide range of events, learning essential skills that will provide stepping stones for a great career.
‘Joining our accomplished and close-knit team, you’ll work hands-on to deliver food to the very highest standards. Working with quality ingredients and highly skilled colleagues, you'll develop specific technical skills, rotating through all sections of the kitchen.’
The description goes on to say that the Chef de Partie will not only cook for royalty and state visits, but also staff lunches, and that they may be required to move around the royal residences.
Interested? Be quick! The closing date is 24 May.