Buckingham Palace seeks pastry chef for royal kitchens


Something for the weekend: If whipping up batches of mille feuille sounds like a piece of cake, then Buckingham Palace’s latest job opening for a live-in pastry chef could be the ideal career move for a dab hand in the kitchen.

Working as part of the Master of the Household’s department at London’s Buckingham Palace, this full-time, permanent position offers a host of regal benefits, namely that the chosen candidate can opt to live at their new workplace, and have all of their meals provided courtesy of the Royal Kitchens.

If living in the Queen’s abode is not enough of a draw, Buckingham Palace’s newest pastry chef will also receive 33 days of annual leave, including bank holidays, a workplace pension with 15% employer contributions and access to a range of recreational facilities. Furthermore, the lucky candidate will also be encouraged to undertake training and development opportunities.

The selected candidate will work five days a week and be required to help lead the team of chefs within the Royal Kitchens, supporting the head chef to manage the day-to-day operations of developing, preparing and executing both classical and contemporary menus for a variety of events.

As pastry chef, the winning applicant will also work strategically with the head chef and royal chef to generate new ideas and menus to tantalise the tastebuds of members of the Royal family. The chosen candidate will also assist with the recruitment and development of fellow chefs.

However, Buckingham Palace as some exacting requirements for its latest recruit. Candidates must ensure they have experience at a senior level, with either a fine dining or five-star catering background. Applicants must additionally have an extensive knowledge of classical cuisine and the food industry generally, and be confident preparing and developing menus for any shindig Her Majesty wishes to hold.

Experience in volume catering and people management is essential, although having good IT skills is also important for the role.

Although the pastry chef role is primarily based in London, the lucky candidate will also be required to travel to other Royal residences.

Sweet-toothed chefs can apply for the role until 26 June 2018.

Here at Employee Benefits, we know our eclairs from our Eccles cakes, and we certainly have plenty of experience sampling fine dining. We wonder if the employer-provided meals would consist entirely of delectable dessert treats…