Picture the scene

It’s a special occasion. The Cannes Film Festival perhaps or the Monaco Grand Prix? Throwing a birthday party or celebrating an anniversary? Whatever the event, it’s definitely a time to relax and experience some truly memorable food amongst good company. That’s where Amandine comes in. Our chefs will take care of all the shopping, chopping, preparing, perfecting and serving. You simply enjoy the company of your guests while we take care of the rest.

Many of our chefs are used to catering for large numbers and have experience of working for corporate as well as private functions. So if you’re looking for someone reliable, professional and personable to cater your event then look no further.

We can also help to find waiting staff or bar staff for smaller functions. We should mention however that we are not event caterers or party organisers. If this is what you’re looking for then we would be happy to recommend people that we know are very good. We can also put you in touch with companies that hire out equipment, crockery, cutlery or glassware.

Request a Chef

If you would like to know more about any of our services or have a specific request then please complete the form below and we will be in touch with you shortly. Alternatively you can call us on +33 (0)9 67 31 96 62, +44 (0)207 193 7306 or +1 954 607 2153

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!

Read more about our carefully tailored and rigorous process:

Chef Selection

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.

Compatibility Matching

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.

Personal Service

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.

Private Client
“I really appreciate that you met our brief for the right kind of chef that we were looking for.”
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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,
Private Client
Head Chef, MY Astrid Conroy (58m)
“The service is beyond standards experienced by other agents…”
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I have used Amandine to find a specialist Italian chef and my current sous chef. The service is beyond standards experienced by other agents, they put the effort in so you don’t need to and have supplied me with two great chefs. Thanks team.

Mark Dellabarca,
Head Chef, MY Astrid Conroy (58m)
Captain, MY Jeel (24m)
“Amandine very quickly understood the needs of the yacht which makes the selection process very easy for us.”
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Amandine has been helping us to find chefs on board for the last three years. Kate very quickly understood the needs of the yacht which makes the selection process very easy for us.

Nick Moulaert,
Captain, MY Jeel (24m)
Private client
“Everything was absolutely excellent. You should be complimented for recommending us to obtain the services of Michal.”
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Everything was absolutely excellent. Michal is a great chef. The food was great and surpassed our expectations. Furthermore Michal´s personality and his ability to adjust to our needs/requests were absolutely great.We will for sure ask for Michal´s services when we visit France again. And also you should be complimented for recommending us to obtain the services of Michal.

Christian Jul Madsen,
Private client
Chef
“Amandine is what I believe both chefs and clients need from an agent.”
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What is Amandine to me? Amandine is what I believe both chefs and clients need from an agent. Kate got to know me before she considered me for any positions. She finds out all she can about the clients with whom she suggests a match for placement and then runs the position past me before putting me forward on as informed a basis as she possibly can with the facts available to her. I went freelance in summer 2011 and Kate has found me short term placements over the greater part of the summer and into the winter. Amandine is my first port of call when I am looking for my next assignment.

Fiona Thomas,
Chef
Private Client
“Your personal service was perfect! I can’t find another word for it – it was fast, polite, you understood perfectly all our requirements.”
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We were really pleased and satisfied by your professional and prompt service.
You replied to me the first time on a Sunday and we succeeded in finding a chef in a very short period of time (1 week or even less).

My client, his family and friends were really pleased by the service of chef Olivier.
Your personal service was perfect! I can’t find another word for it – it was fast, polite, you understood perfectly all our needs, requests and special requirements.

One most important thing was that you were always available for us and asked me personally a few times if we were satisfied with the chef.

So thank you again and we’ll be glad to work with you again and to recommend your outstanding service!

Olga Shapiro,
Private Client
Barge Meanderer
“…every time he serves our delighted guests we think of you with great appreciation.”
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Chef Martin is going to stay with us for next season barring anything unexpected and every time he serves our delighted guests we think of you with great appreciation.

George Kovalick,
Barge Meanderer
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