It's time to polish your resume! Soon enough, you could be rubbing shoulders with the royals.

By Kelly Vaughan
July 19, 2019
Credit: Kelly Vaughan

Here ye, here ye! It's time to sharpen your knives! Queen Elizabeth is hiring a new chef for Buckingham Palace-specifically a Demi Chef de Partie, who will oversee a certain section of the kitchen. According to a job description posted on The Royal Household's website, the chef will be "joining an accomplished team of professionals…You'll prepare diverse menus for a wide range of events, developing new skills that will help you to take the next step in your career." While this position seems to be an excellent learning opportunity for an "ambitious and qualified chef," we think the best perk of all is the opportunity to live in Buckingham Palace.

The hired chef will work under the "Master of the Household," or the head of operations, with a catering team at Buckingham Palace. This is certainly no average restaurant job; it will require "using your expertise to deliver the highest standards. It's being encouraged to develop your skills. And it's contributing to a team who deliver extraordinary service. This is what makes a career with the Royal Household exceptional," per the job description.

The position is a full-time role, Monday through Friday, and is based in London. The salary is £22,076.04 per year (approximately $24,781.13), which may be adjusted if the hired chef elects to live at the palace. The Demi Chef de Partie will get an immersive royal experience, as travel to other royal residences is expected (Kensington Palace, Windsor Castle, and Balmoral Castle are all possibilities).

Other benefits include 33 holiday days (including Bank Holidays), a 15% employer contribution pension scheme (with the option for flexibility to increase contributions or draw down as salary), and meals while on duty. While it's unclear who the chef will be cooking for, given what we know about the Queen's eating habits, we can expect requests for lots of chocolate, stewed plums for Prince Charles, game, and a bowl of Special K.

The job closes on July 28th, so start preparing your cover letter now.


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