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.

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    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
    Amandine’s service is personal, professional and expert…the Chef’s we received were highly trained and produced excellent meals with minimal fuss.
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    We have used Amandine for the past few years while travelling in Europe.  Their service is personal, professional and expert and most importantly the Chef’s we received were highly trained and produced excellent meals with minimal fuss.  Unlike other companies I have used they work to find the right fit for your particular needs.  The Chef’s we worked with produced wonderful locally sourced meals and were very adaptable to changes and dietary needs of guests.   I highly recommend their services.

    Theresa Mersky,
    Private Client
    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
    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)
    “Amandine has helped me to get my dream job…”
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    Amandine Cuisine, a fresh approach to hiring It has been a pleasure working with Kate over the last few weeks. Amandine private chef agency came to my attention through a recommendation, so I signed up as a candidate through their attractive and easy to use website when I first arrived in France in April. 2011. I originally intended to come to Antibes to find a position on a private yacht, so I also signed up to around another 15 or so yacht agencies. After having very brief interviews with the yacht agencies I was able to meet with Kate. Kate took her time to interview me and we were able to have an in depth chat about myself and what makes me tick as a chef. Kate is a keen “foodie” herself so it was so easy to talk to her about cooking, ingredients and restaurants; she even gave me a couple of tips for eating out in the area. It was really refreshing to see that Kate was interested in me for everything rather than simply just looking at the fact that I’m young and have yet to work on a yacht. Kate has helped me to my dream job working as a private chef for an American family between their houses in Maine, Houston and Aspen. I’m so grateful for everything she has done for me and if she continues to interview and really get to know candidates before placing them then I know she will have some very happy clients and chefs.

    Ryan Turner,
    Private Client
    We had the most superb holiday, five days none of us will ever forget… and one of the reasons was the brilliance of chef François.
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    Dear Kate

    Many thanks. We had the most superb holiday, five days none of us will ever forget. Truly wonderful – and one of the reasons was the brilliance of Francois.

    I have sent him an email “reference” for his website. It says exactly what we all thought about him. What he cooked for us was absolutely superb in every way – and he couldn’t have been nicer.

    He looked after us for the five days of our stay in St Paul de Vence. There were six of us and we are all agreed that his selections of what to give us for breakfast, lunch and dinner were superb and his cooking outstanding. Before we met him, he gave us a list of the menus he liked to cook, so we knew what to expect. Every meal we had was based on fresh local produce bought that day from the market. That includes the croissants and the bread we had at breakfast, the wonderful salads we had at lunch, and the fish and meat we ate. Every dish was prepared beautifully, and tasted wonderful.

    Chef Francois consulted us each day about what we might like to eat. (He made a point of asking if any of us had things we couldn’t eat so, if necessary, he could make an alternative choice). We asked for a light lunch, two courses usually, a salad followed by fish, and then a three course meal in the evening. On our last night, his piece de resistance was an incredible chocolate soufflé that was light as a feather and absolutely delicious.

    Chef Francois himself could not have been nicer or more easy to deal with. He is a most charming man. He speaks perfect English. We can only say that he gave us a gastronomic experience that we will never forget. It made our holiday truly memorable.

    I cannot recommend him too highly.

    You have a truly gifted chef on your books – and one of the nicest people one could meet, a winning combination.

    Francis Bennett,
    Private Client
    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
    Director, 5* Luxury Chalet Company, French & Swiss Alps
    “Amandine are always supremely honest about a candidate’s suitability, quick to respond and hugely efficient”
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    At Bramble Ski and Haute Montagne we need world class chefs, sometimes at short notice, they have to have a very broad repertoire to suit our international clientele and be great with the guests.  Kate, Nicola and the team at Amandine have always been our go-to agency. Amandine totally understand our products, are always supremely honest about a candidate’s suitability, quick to respond and hugely efficient. I have used them for several years and look forward to many more years of collaboration!

    Natasha Robertson,
    Director, 5* Luxury Chalet Company, French & Swiss Alps
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