Picture the scene
You want a chef for a yacht. Someone who can source the best ingredients and create amazing dishes day in day out. Someone to see into the future and plan for mouthwatering meals in the weeks ahead. To maintain a happy, healthy crew. To keep your guests impressed at every meal. To remember a multitude of dietary needs or work with any last minute special requests. And, perhaps the tallest order, to keep cheerful through it all. Such people do exist –may we introduce you to a few?
With a worldwide network of chefs on our books Amandine is perfectly placed to find you an excellent yacht chef wherever in the world you may be. We pride ourselves on personally meeting, rigorously interviewing and thoroughly background checking every single one of our candidates before recommending them and with a fully equipped kitchen in our offices we are also able to try our chefs cooking for ourselves.
Our approach to finding you the right chef means that it may take us a bit longer and you may only get one or two candidates suggested by us rather than 10 at a time, but it’s our job to save you time and the candidates we suggest are always the ones worth seeing.Request a Chef
Test a chef
If you’re interested in hiring a chef but would like to try their food first, let us organise a tasting for you so you can sample their talents before making any big decisions.
Since April 2014 Amandine have been a fully MLC Compliant crew placement agency in line with the Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliancy (DMLC). As such we are able to work with all MLC certified yachts and guarantee that all of the necessary procedures and processes required of an MLC certified agency are fulfilled.
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.
The Owner of Yacht Space introduced me to Amandine International Chef Placement after the successful placement of a Chef for his house.
In our experience when you hire a chef through Amandine you will get a professional chef that has been thoroughly reference checked and time has been dedicated to making sure they are compatible with the job description provided by the client.
Sourcing a high quality chef for important clients with expectations of excellence can be difficult and time consuming, when using the services of Amandine the process is made a great deal more straightforward and successful.Michael Hole,
Captain, MY Space (45m)
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
I have used Amandine to find a specialist Italian chef and my current sous chef. The service is beyond standards experienced by other agents, they put the effort in so you don’t need to and have supplied me with two great chefs. Thanks team.Mark Dellabarca,
Head Chef, MY Astrid Conroy (58m)
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
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)
We were very happy with the highly professional service that we received from the Amandine team. With challenging tasks and very tight timeframes, you put all your effort into ensuring that the chefs you suggested were a good fit for our requirements. It’s been a pleasure to work with Amandine and we look forward to working with you again in future.Emma Eriksson,