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Just recently, the Queen Mother was hiring for a social-media guru. What that sounded fun, she’s now casting for a job that’s ever so much more important: Buckingham Palace is looking for an “ambitious” chef with “exceptionally high standards.”
It’s a foodie’s dream, with a chance to work with an accomplished team of professionals and the most “quality ingredients.” You’ll also be given plenty of chances for personal development and the opportunity to work in all areas of the kitchen.
“As you’d expect, standards are exceptionally high here,” the posting reads. Noted.
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You should have experience working within a “premier kitchen,” have plenty of enthusiasm and excel at working in a team. Also important: meeting deadlines, attention to detail, and the willingness to learn new skills.
Oh, and one thing you should know about the Queen: she hates garlic.
There are many Palace secrets about the Queen and her dining habits, according to former Buckingham Palace chefs who have spilled the beans.
Former royal chef Darren McGrady – who went on to work for Diana, Princess of Wales and now runs his own catering company – told the MailOnline in 2016 that Queen Elizabeth II not only hated garlic because she thought it was “anti-social;” she was “not a foodie at all. She eats to live; it’s Prince Philip that lives to eat. He loves food, he’s interested in food, he wants to know where it comes from. The Queen, not so much.” What she loved to do what host, McGrady said.
The royal chef job could be grueling work. For special occasions like state banquets, there would be 20 chefs on duty. “They were long, hard days,” he said. ‘You might be working from 7 am to 10 pm.”
Former royal chef John Higgins said the job also included preparing food for Queen Elizabeth II’s beloved corgis, as he told the National Post.
If you are still interested in the job, it’s based in London, but will involve travel to other royal residences. You can live on-site (in Buckingham Palace!!!) with meals provided if you wish. Shift meals are already provided. There’s a 15% employer contribution to your pension, plus benefits, and 33 holidays off.
The deadline to apply is 7/28/2019. Apply here.