Cooking For The Royals: Queen Elizabeth Searched For A New Chef

Date January 2, 2018 13:12

If you know your onions (like, literally know your onions) and you are looking for a job, you may have missed the opportunity of a lifetime. The Queen of England was hiring! The position was formally advertised in an official notice on the royal family website, and the title "Demi Chef de Partie" is accorded whoever qualifies for the position.

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They all know what they like

The details of the position were clearly outlined. For starters, the royal cook is expected to cater for the Queen and the entire royal household. The Queen is known to be very particular about what she eats and has a menu delivered to her every week.

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And the Queen loved Kellogs. Darren recalls.

Breakfast was very simple for Her Majesty. Some Kellogg's cereal from a plastic container, which she'd serve herself. And some Darjeeling tea.

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The same can be said of all the members of the royal household who have their preferred diets. Speaking to, the former royal chef Darren McGrady once shared information about the preferences of the royal family. The princes William and Harry were known to have a thing for burgers. The late Princess Diana did not like red meat but preferred lamb. As for Prince Phillip, he loves his chops!

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This is what you get

There are several perks to royal chef. You get to be resident in Buckingham Palace as the job requires you to be in attendance 5 days in a week out of 7. The salary is however short of exhilarating. Standing at £20,604.52, which is just over $27,000 per year, there is more to be desired. And there is a suggestion that your salary could go up in time.

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The royal chef also gets to travel as required, whether it be with the Queen on official tours or with the entire family in other royal residences.

Holidays are allowed

You are expected to work hard but not around the clock. 33 days of holiday are available. There is also a pension scheme that allows 15% contribution and can be adjusted, based on the employer (in this case, the Queen).

The position also requires you to work with other kitchen staff to ensure that meals are of the highest quality and delivered on time. All in all, it seems like a very cushy job.

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Sadly, applications officially came to an end on the 1st of January 2018. You may have missed the opportunity to put your stars (and onions) to work. Better luck next time. We still do not know who got the job, but we say to whoever gets the job, all the best.

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