Picture the Scene
A Provençal sunset marks the end of a perfect day – and the start of a perfect feast. Your dining table disappears under beautifully presented food that makes your mouth water. The evening air carries a heady scent of lavender and herbs gathered from the garden. And the most magical ingredient of all? You didn’t even have to set foot inside the kitchen. Or catch the early markets. You left all that to your Amandine chef.
What better way to ensure you completely unwind and relax when on holiday than to have your own personal chef. Just tell us the sort of food you like and what meals you would like your chef to cater for and we will take care of the rest. From Michelin star cuisine to family cooking we have a range of chefs available to create mouth-watering meals for you and your guests. We can find you a chef for the whole season, a few months or weeks, or for one or two special meals.
If you have accommodation available at the villa then our chefs can stay on the premises, alternatively we will find you a chef nearby with their own means of transport.
To book a cook or chef for your villa please call us or send us a request and we will call you back straight away.Request a Chef
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Firstly, we would like to say thanks to you personally, you professionally guided us through the chef search process and the questions asked were straight to the point, with the accent on the genuine requirements of the client. Your response with three chef candidates was very quick. We understand, every candidate was carefully evaluated by you. The calculation of the services was presented in a simple way, so we did not find it overly complicated to understand the economics of the engagement of each chef. We also liked that the profiles were submitted on a unified letterhead which made it very easy for us to compare. We liked that you were regularly following up with us on our decision, with an understanding that Dubai expats are busier than anyone else on this planet. Finally, the administrative side of the deal (regular communication, various confirmations, invoices, financial details, confirmations of receipt of the payments etc.) was done in a very professional and convenient for us manner. Thanks again for your support.Olga,
Private Client, Dubai
Lisa was fantastic! She put together a great menu, exactly what we wanted and we enjoyed everything she made. She was extremely organised, calm and tidy in the kitchen and worked discreetly and efficiently given the kitchen is small and everything was new. We were able to relax and enjoy our lunches and dinners knowing everything was in hand. She was a pleasure to have around and we all thoroughly appreciated her help.
Thank you for all your help with the booking, your timely replies and sourcing appropriate chefs to meet our brief. We were thrilled with the result and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend your services to any friends and family. I’m not sure I’ll be able to do a holiday without a chef now, such a game changer!!Aileen Tappin,
Private Client (Mandelieu)
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,
We had an excellent holiday thank you for asking.
We have been taken well care of by Eric, he is fantastic and I can only give him my deepest respect for his cooking skills as well as his personality. He arrives with a smile and leaves with a smile and we all put on weight, thus trying to eat light, but it’s all so delicious.
I highly recommend you and Amandine to our friends, we always feel so well taken care of, many many thanks.
Have a lovely summer, we will be back in France around the same time next year – where we hope to see Eric again.Annemarie Stolt ,
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,
Mission Impossible? Not with Amandine!
As Manager of a vast property in Cap d’Antibes I had the near-impossible task to find, interview and appoint a chef at very short notice.
It was an absolute lifesaver when I came across Amandine, the specialist chef agency, dedicated to providing exactly the right chef for even the most demanding gourmand.
Kate Emery personally met with us and made available a selection of chefs from the Amandine portfolio, providing various levels of experience and providing all cooking styles with matching sample menus. All three Amandine chefs that we used on various occasions and for different lengths of time, operated with great skill, organization and complete flexibility.
Amandine also provided us with the best financial arrangement with various options of how we could structure the deal.
Not only financially but on all levels there was no comparison between Amandine and the agencies we used in the past.
Needless to say our high profile guests, their families and friends were all content throughout the languid months of summer and we were happy to be at the receiving end of many compliments during a most efficient operation – thanks to Amandine.Annette Leroux,
Estate Manager, Pershore Comercio Internacional, SARL
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,
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, PamelaPamela Nicholson,
Private Properties Abroad
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,
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,