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 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
Operations Manager, Ocean Management
“…the default of a partner such as Amandine who have regularly been able to assist is very often invaluable.”
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The scope of requests for particular style and highest quality catering with yachting is practically limitless. When presented with some of the most extreme examples the default of a partner such as Amandine who have regularly been able to assist, even at very short notice, if very often invaluable.

Jason Gilbert,
Operations Manager, Ocean Management
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 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
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
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
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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