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.

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 Client (Crans Montana)
“I’m happy we found your services everything was very smooth and professional. Chef Eric made our holiday”
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Our week with Eric was fantastic, he’s really made our holiday a holiday.

His meals were wonderful, delicious and innovative and he really understood what we needed from our initial discussion. He was patient, flexible and calm in a chalet full of chaos with 7 small children and 7 adults.

Eric is also just a really nice guy who was a pleasure to have around and it really felt like he took great joy in our happiness in the tasty dishes he created. We wish we could have Eric as a personal chef 365 days a year!

I’m happy we found your services Kate, everything was very smooth and professional.

Many thanks

Zsofia,
Private Client (Crans Montana)
Chef
“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,
Chef
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
Private Villa Clients, South of France
“They simply offer the very best service so why go anywhere else?”
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Kate and her team at Amandine have made our last five summers in France a total joy …always providing us with incredibly talented, exciting and hardworking chef teams.

They simply offer the very best service so why go anywhere else?

Gill & Paul Kendrick,
Private Villa Clients, South of France
Chef
“…the level of professionalism, depth of knowledge and understanding of the business shown by you and the team puts your agency ahead of the competition.”
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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,
Chef
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