Personal Private Chefs
We have a wide selection of chefs and cooks looking for permanent work . Our chefs can range from highly experienced private chefs, chefs with experience gained in award winning restaurants or recently qualified candidates looking to start out in the industry.
All of our chefs go through a rigorous interview and selection process with our consultants and we only pick individuals who have the necessary qualities to work as a personal chef. Our job is to really get to know our candidates, not just the type of food they love to cook but also their personality and character in order that we can place them in a job that’s just right for them and that equally they are just the right chef for you.
Nearly all of our chefs are able to cook a range of different international cuisines and are used to tailoring their menus to suit different requirements. We also have chefs that specialise in certain types & styles of cuisine and chefs with in-depth knowledge of nutrition and diets. Once we know what you want, we will ensure that we find you someone with exactly the right skill set to match your needs. If we don’t have the right chef on our books already we will head hunt the candidate for you.Request a Chef
Right first time
Great chefs select the finest ingredients, and fine tune their dishes drawing on years of experience and detailed knowledge. At Amandine, we work the same way. We don’t throw endless CVs at you, hoping something sticks. Instead, you get a hand-picked shortlist of chefs, filtered initially using 40 different levels of compatibility including ability, style, character, location and availability. The end result: right chef first time!
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All of our chefs have to complete a 7 stage application process online before they are even considered for an interview. Many other agencies ask only for a CV and written references but at Amandine our in depth registration process requires our chefs to answer over 70 questions relating to their job preferences, style of cooking, work experience, location, availability and detailed employer references that we check verbally. Once they have completed this process our team then review the quality of their application and only the most promising of chefs get to the next stage of being interviewed.
Interview & Skills Test
Every candidate recommended by Amandine will have been interviewed - and we don't just mean a quick telephone chat. We conduct at least an hour-long interview either face to face or via video skype. All of our chefs will tell you that the Amandine interview isn't quite like other recruitment or crew consultants. We talk extensively about food with our chefs and take time to really get to know their individual stories and what makes them tick. When required we conduct skills tests in the Amandine kitchen and all of our chefs are offered the chance to cook a trial dinner for our judging panel of industry experts in order to become an accredited Amandine chef.
Getting to know you
We like to try and meet our customers in person. We think it’s a better (and much nicer) way to do business. And after all, it’s just as important to get to know you as well as we know our chefs if we’re to get the mix right. If we aren't able to meet with you to discuss your request, we always follow up by phone to find out as much about your specific requirements as possible. The more details we can obtain from you about the kind of food you or your guests like and the type of chef you are looking for the more likely we are to find you the right match.
After confirming your request for a chef we put a shortlist of suitable candidates together. Our proprietary software allows us to search for the right chef using at least 40 different criteria to create an initial list of candidates that "on paper" fit with your requirements. From here we then fine-tune the selection based on our knowledge of the individual chef, discussing the role with them and further cross-referencing your criteria with our notes and other information such as previous employee references. Normally we recommend a short list of no more than 3 candidates who we think are suitable unless specifically asked for more. If there is just one chef who perfectly matches all your criteria then we will only recommend that one chef rather than ten others who aren't suitable.
Verifying Chefs' Details
In addition to thoroughly verifying all documents, written references and qualifications we speak to at least two verbal references for each candidate. These have to be people that the chef has worked for in the past two years or their most recent two jobs.
When we recommend a chef we provide a personalised profile that summarises the key relevant experience of the candidate and any personal details worth noting. The aim of this is to give you more of a personal picture of the chef and to share with you some of the details we have uncovered that you may not find out on a CV. We provide sample menus for all of our chefs when we send you their profiles along with references and food photos on request.
It was a real pleasure speaking with you and meeting the team. It was by far the most detailed and informative interview I’ve had to date with a private chef agency. This is not to denigrate other people or companies, simply that the level of professionalism, depth of knowledge and understanding of the business from both angles shown by you and the team puts your agency ahead of the competition.
What really sold it for me was asking me about my influences and where I’d like to eat next. To have that level of enthusiasm for the key ingredient of why we work in this industry after years of high quality and demanding service shows you really understand and love your work and what drives passionate chefs.
It’s great to be represented by a committed foodie.Kieran Creevy,
The Owner of Yacht Space introduced me to Amandine International Chef Placement after the successful placement of a Chef for his house.
In our experience when you hire a chef through Amandine you will get a professional chef that has been thoroughly reference checked and time has been dedicated to making sure they are compatible with the job description provided by the client.
Sourcing a high quality chef for important clients with expectations of excellence can be difficult and time consuming, when using the services of Amandine the process is made a great deal more straightforward and successful.Michael Hole,
Captain, MY Space (45m)
Firstly, we would like to say thanks to you personally, you professionally guided us through the chef search process and the questions asked were straight to the point, with the accent on the genuine requirements of the client. Your response with three chef candidates was very quick. We understand, every candidate was carefully evaluated by you. The calculation of the services was presented in a simple way, so we did not find it overly complicated to understand the economics of the engagement of each chef. We also liked that the profiles were submitted on a unified letterhead which made it very easy for us to compare. We liked that you were regularly following up with us on our decision, with an understanding that Dubai expats are busier than anyone else on this planet. Finally, the administrative side of the deal (regular communication, various confirmations, invoices, financial details, confirmations of receipt of the payments etc.) was done in a very professional and convenient for us manner. Thanks again for your support.Olga,
Private Client, Dubai
Thanks so much for arranging a chef to come and cook for us. She was fantastic and really made the holiday so relaxing and enjoyable – especially for me and my mother in law! We will definitely use Amandine again as I really appreciate that you met our brief for the right kind of chef that we were looking for. The food was excellent and again exactly on brief and she was great at clearing up, serving and being really obliging in picking up wine etc for us as part of her shop and making Jubilee cupcakes for the children! She was also discrete but lovely personality to have around the children and our family. I have already recommended you to my friends and will definitely be in touch to organise a chef again when we next have a villa holiday or if we need someone here in the UK. Many thanks again, Harriet.Harriet Patterson,
It is rare to find agents like you who are so dedicated to finding the perfect match. I am extremely grateful for all your time and efforts and hope we work together in the future.
I wish you all the best for a lovely Christmas.Ashlee Benis,