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The Role of a Chef/Cook

Chefs and Cooks are usually required to cook three meals a day for families and in many cases may also have to cook the staff lunch. A Chef or Cook in a private household will be responsible for the cooking, shopping, menu planning (in consultation with the employer) and kitchen accounting.

Chefs and Cooks will normally work on their own although many employers will bring in extra assistance for large functions if necessary.

  • A Chef will be expected to cater for the most formal of functions to a very high standard but should also be prepared to cook for small children and prepare informal family meals. Sometimes an employer may wish for simple food, like Welsh rarebit, or simple childrens' meals. The Chef should not feel that this is beneath them to prepare.

  • A Cook will be required to be flexable to their employers needs. Prepare meals to a good family standard and to cater for informal dinner parties. Both Cooks and Chefs will be responsible for cleaning the kitchen and utensils.

In some households Chefs and Cooks may be required to carry out other tasks which could include walking the dog, occasional driving, lighting fires or any other duties which should be specified at the interview.


Salaries for Chefs may range from £500 per week net for a qualified Chef to £1000 per week net for a qualified Chef with a lot of experience, particularly in 5-star establishments. Salaries are dependent upon age, experience, the duties required and whether or not accommodation is part of the package.

Salaries for Cooks may range from £300 - £500 per week net again depending upon age, experience, the duties required and whether or not accommodation is part of the package.




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