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 Properties Abroad
“The chef was a great success…her cooking was the highlight of the holiday.”
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Please may we congratulate you on the success of the resident cooking service you kindly organised for our client during their stay at Mas des Anguilles.

The chef Sandrine was a great success, not only with our clients but also with the resident housekeeper. Her ability to organise and offer her menu and dishes was without doubt the highlight of the holiday for the very large and changing house party numbering from fourteen people to fewer on some days.

We do hope we may be fortunate enough to use your services again for future houseparty clients. With my regards, Pamela

Pamela Nicholson,
Private Properties Abroad
Owner - Alexandra Lloyd Properties
“the level of service is excellent…Amandine really tries to understand the tastes & requirements of the client and always finds the right chef…”
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I have been working with Amandine for the past two years, placing chefs into luxury villas along the Cote d’Azur.  First of all, the level of service is excellent – all of my clients were extremely happy with the chefs who were placed in their villa. Secondly, I love the bespoke service that Kate herself offers. She really tries to understand the taste/requirements of the client and always finds the right chef rather than just supplying one who is available. Results matter and all of my clients have re booked Amandine chefs!  I wish Kate and Amandine all the luck in the future, although she does not need it!

Alexandra Connolly,
Owner - Alexandra Lloyd Properties
Private 45m Motor Yacht
“The team at Amandine are extremely good, doing in-depth interviews with their candidates and providing us with honest, detailed references…”
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I have been contacting Kate at Amandine for the last 2 years regarding finding good, professional chefs; she has never disappointed providing people who can cater to some strange dietary requirements and still keep a sense of calm and good humour.

The team at Amandine are extremely good, doing in-depth interviews with their candidates and providing us with honest, detailed references and the chosen chefs have always been a success.

Whenever in need of any chefs, Amandine is my first go-to crew agency and it has been a pleasure working with Kate and her competent team.

Manager,
Private 45m Motor Yacht
Hidden Dragon
“It is rare to find agents like you who are so dedicated to finding the perfect match.”
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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,
Hidden Dragon
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
Private Chalet Client
“Robby is amazing, without a doubt one of the most organised and professional chefs I have had the pleasure to work with.”
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Robby is amazing, without a doubt one of the most organised and professional chefs I have had the pleasure to work with. The staff and the guests are loving the food. What more can I say apart from thank you.

Justin Stanley,
Private Chalet Client
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)
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