Fancy Becoming The Queen's Chef?
Buckingham Palace is on the search for a new second-in-command in the Royal Kitchen. Have you got what it takes?
Across the land, chefs have been scrabbling together their CVs and cover-letters. A vacancy has emerged in the Royal household, and the Queen needs a new cook.
Buckingham Palace is on the search for a new sous chef in the kitchen, and the role (view the listing here) sounds rather appealing: you get a solid pension scheme, accommodation provided and opportunity to travel from one Royal household to the next cooking for Royals, diplomats and politicians.
The sous chef is the second most senior position in the kitchen, and so the successful applicant will have an active role not only cooking the food, but in choosing the menu and leading the other chefs.
That amount of creative control sounds terribly exciting, but we can only imagine the amount of pressure these chefs are under to deliver, especially at state occasions or high-profile dinner parties.
As a result, the advert specifies that they need 'an experienced and and qualified Chef with a background in premier catering'. The listing emphasises the importance of 'volume catering', and this is natural given that during the 12-month period from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019, around 160,000 guests were entertained at Royal residences.
The listing also specifies that they are looking for someone who is fully trained in 'classical French cuisine'. Whether this is to impress Macron the next time he’s in town, or simply because Queen Lilibet loves Coq au Vin and Tart Tatin, we can do little more than guess.
The role is salaried ‘competitively’, according to the posting, and given that the Royal Accounts show that the Royals spent £1.7 million on food and drink between 2018-2019, we can only assume the budget for both salaries and ingredients is plentiful. But what is surely most exciting about the role is the opportunity to become part of the Royal bubble: the new chef will be living on the grounds; soaking up a ‘range of recreational facilities’; and shuttling from Sandringham to Balmoral. You certainly would feel part of the great, extraordinary circus of it all.
Not the actual Queen of England...
The whole thing sounds terribly exciting, especially to those of us who are privy to an episode or two of Netflix’s The Crown. The only real let-down of the job is that there’d be no Claire Foy and Matt Smith in the real Royal household!