A Cook will prepare and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner for the employer. Further duties will include clearing away, tidying and cleaning the kitchen areas and the room in which the food is consumed.
For a Cook working in a private household, duties will be wide ranging depending on the individual needs of the client and their family as necessary.
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Timely preparation of all meals for the family.
Ensures the kitchen is kept in good condition, cleaning all surfaces and floors after use.
Presentation of menus for approval and discussion of daily requirements with their employer. Preparing and cooking of all meals as per the daily plan.
Ensures that the refrigerator is clean and tidy and any out-of-date items discarded.
Ensures groceries are purchased and regular shopping trips are attended to.
Places orders for all supplies and perishables. Stock control of the larder, pantry and fresh goods.
Larger estates may have a team of kitchen staff that the Cook may potentially supervise.
Keeps kitchen accounts. Deals with tradesmen. Carries out any other task the employer may reasonably ask.
A selection of Cook job opportunities throughout the UK.
This sociable and outgoing couple are looking for a professional chef to join their household. You will have a good knowledge of a wide variety of cuisines and be able to cater for dietary requirement...
Job Reference: 8349
Weekend Chef/CookWeybridge, Surrey
This family are looking for a flexible, warm and calm person to cook for them and any guests at the weekends. You will need to have some flexibility to help in the week if required [to cover holidays...
Job Reference: 8423
Chef Temporary for Christmas coverGstaad,
Our client is looking for an experienced chef to cook for her and any guests over the Christmas period. Accommodation self contained....
Job Reference: 4984
Skills Required for a Domestic Couple
A Cook should have a commitment to quality above anything else; cleanliness, creativity with attention to details are all required skills.
Whilst Food Safety qualifications are preferred, a Cook should be able to demonstrate that the food they prepare is not only of good quality but is safe for consumption. A good Cook will show the quality of their skills through the tasting.
Some Cooks may be required to have a range of culinary skills from make a basic sauce through to the preparation and presentation of a dinner party.
Flexibility is a must as the demands from the client may change day to day. Some households may have second homes that you will move between, seasonally.
Average salaries for a Cook can range from €4K a month Europe to yearly salaries in excess of £45K in the UK.
Salaries will also depend on whether you have a live-in or live-out contract with the client.
If you are considering a career as a Cook or you are looking for your next move, take a look through our currently advertised roles.
In most cases, it will be preferential for the client to have a Cook live within the household full-time and will be provided with accommodation as part of the role. This may be a separate with your own entrance and privacy or may be within the household. This would be included in your contract details.
Holidays and days off could be weekends or in the week depending on the household.
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Frequently Asked Questions.
Some of our commonly asked questions regarding the cook position. If you have queries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 020 3033 0000 or Mail@MasseysAgency.co.uk.
Do your candidates come with a DBS?
We don’t automatically undertake a DBS for every candidate that registers with us as sometimes candidates may find their own jobs and only stay on our books for a short while. However if a client employs someone who we introduce and who does not have a current DBS but is required to have one for the position, then we are happy to do this for you.
What locations do you cover?
We are able to supply staff across the whole of the UK, including Scotland and Ireland. We also cover International positions.
Do you have any upfront costs?
No, we provide a free service for candidates who are looking for work and we only invoice clients if they employ a candidate who we have introduced to them.
Do you provide temporary staff?
Unfortunately we do not provide staff for short term assignments, however we do accept some contracts for a minimum of three months upwards.
Can I register with you?
We absolutely love hearing from candidates with good, relevant experience in private households. Unfortunately without previous experience it is unlikely we will be able to help you but we are always happy to advise. Chauffeurs must have previous experience of working as a private chauffeur and not purely in chauffeur services or taxi driving.
How long will it take to fill my vacancy?
A vacancy could be filled within a matter of days or it could take longer. The timescale depends on which candidates are registered at the time of you giving us your vacancy, and whether they match your requirements. We will never just send a CV for the sake of it or to ‘make up the numbers’.
Will I be able to trial the candidates?
We are happy to organise short trials wherever possible, however you need to bear in mind that it might not always be possible if a candidate is in a full time job. In order to address the fact that very occasionally things may not always go to plan, we offer a rebate/replacement period for your peace of mind.
Do I need a cook or a chef?
We often hear the terms cook and chef used synonymously and clients will ask us for a chef when they probably just need a cook and vice versa. How do we distinguish? Generally we will do this by checking the level of cooking required: if a client is looking for someone to produce what is termed as ‘family style’ food, and by that we mean simple, relatively unfussy food, then we would recommend that they probably just need a good, solid home cook. If, however, they are looking for someone to cook for formal dinners and someone with extensive knowledge of a wide variety of cuisines and dietary requirements, then we would recommend that they consider a chef who would have a more specialist knowledge of presentation, menu planning and recipe creation.
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