restaurant or private chef jobs in London and beyond

A chef job, whether in a restaurant or as a private chef, is an incredibly rewarding career for those who are passionate about food and cooking. The responsibilities of a chef will vary based on the type of business or household they work in, but the common thread is an enthusiasm about the culinary arts and bringing fantastic dishes to life.

Chefs can work in a range of settings including restaurants, hotels, cafes, resorts, chalets as well as for an individual and their family. They may specialise in a certain cuisine or take a holistic approach and can work on a permanent, temporary or seasonal basis.

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Looking for a chef role? Check out Tiger’s live chef jobs, or refer to our full job listings below.

Executive Head Chef - Fine Dining Italian Cuisine new

London (Greater) SALARY: £65,000 - £85,000 PER: Annum TERM: Permanent

I am currently looking to recruit an experienced and self-motivated executive head chef for a renowned fine dining Italian restaurant situated in the heart of Chelsea.This is a full time permanent position to start from December...

POSTED: 30 Sep 2022 JOB ID: AF24823EHC

EA/OM – Private Members Club new

London (West End) SALARY: £35,000 - £40,000 PER: Annum TERM: Permanent

This is a lovely EA/OM temp to perm role based in the West End working for a boutique members club. A hangout for modern family living. Bringing together families, loved ones and friends. You will be...

POSTED: 29 Sep 2022 JOB ID: IFEA027037

Sous Chef - Dubai

Middle East SALARY: AED15,000 - AED25,000 PER: Month TERM: Permanent

Sous Chef – 6 days per week- 4 month contract   Dubai – LIVE OUT15,000 – 25,000 AED per month**Must be immediately available and living in Dubai ** Our client is seeking a Sous Chef to live-out...


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The responsibilities of a restaurant or personal chef

A chef job’s duties will depend on the kitchen in which you’re cooking! If working within a restaurant or other hospitality business, you will be required to design menus for various service times; identify and work with reliable suppliers; plan for the week ahead by ordering relevant stock; manage a team of commis and sous chefs; and of course, cook guests’ orders!

You will also oversee the kitchen’s health and safety procedures, work with the front of house team to run the pass and ensure the highest standards of cleanliness.

If you are working a private chef job, the responsibilities will vary slightly. Most private households don’t have a team of chefs, so you will often be the only person in the kitchen! However, you will still be responsible for sourcing ingredients from trusted suppliers, designing menus and creating dishes for the individual or family. You may also be responsible for catering larger events, working within a team of wait staff to provide a range of different foods for the occasion.


What soft skills does a restaurant or private chef require?

A chef job is a high-pressure role so requires a resilient and dedicated approach. You will obviously need to have a passion for cooking, but beyond this, will need to be able to think creatively and hold a strong work ethic – after all, practice makes perfect!

You’ll need to hold a high level of self-motivation and be able to take a flexible approach to your role, thinking clearly under pressure. As you’ll generally be working with others, communication and teamwork skills are also essential.

Working in a kitchen, whether in a hospitality business or home, can also be demanding and require a certain level of dexterity, meaning you need to be physically capable of standing on your feet for long hours.

Temporary, contract and seasonal chefs

Temporary chef jobs are a fantastic option for those looking for a little more flexibility. These can range from one-night bookings for specific events, through to a contract chef role in a chalet or villa for a season.

A seasonal chef position offers an opportunity for entry-level chefs to build their skills, as it exposes them to a variety of working environments, styles and cuisines. As they are often very busy kitchens, these roles can be a baptism by fire, with plenty of learning and development opportunities.

In contrast, temporary chef jobs, such as one-night or event bookings, require a higher level of expertise, as you are required to take a brief and deliver in a short timeframe, sourcing ingredients, designing menus and preparing meals.

You can find out more about working as a temp for Tiger Private here

How do I become a chef?

Should you want to take on a chef job, there are many avenues to explore. You can opt to study a formal qualification such as a degree or diploma in professional cookery, or move straight into a restaurant kitchen, starting out as a porter or commis chef.

At this point, you’ll learn the fundamentals of cooking, assist the chef de partie and prepare basic elements. If you move into a chef de partie or section chef role, you’ll build on these skills, overseeing the preparation and assembly of a certain dish or ingredient, like sauces or fish. From there, you can move into a sous chef and then head chef role.

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