Queen Elizabeth Needs a New Chef… Assuming They Don’t Mind Taking a Pay Cut
Buckingham Palace just posted a job opening for a Demi Chef de Partie.
While the rapidly approaching royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19 has many people conjuring up dreams of living like a member of the royal family, Queen Elizabeth has offered the chance for anyone to come to Buckingham Palace… assuming they’re willing to work for it.
Open until May 24, the Royal Household has an online job posting (yup, in modern times, that’s even how the Crown rolls) looking for a Demi Chef de Partie to be based out of Buckingham Palace, a full-time, permanent position, working five days a week, with occasional travel to other royal residences required. As the Independent reports, the wage is actually slightly below average: At just £21,151.88, the British paper pegs it at “roughly £2,000 less than the average for similarly experienced chefs in London,” but as the job description clearly states, “This is no ordinary Demi Chef de Partie role.”
Instead, the advert boasts, “In our state-of-the-art kitchens, you'll prepare classical and contemporary menus for a wide range of events, learning essential skills that will provide stepping stones for a great career.” Additionally, “You will be rewarded with a comprehensive benefits package, including 33 days holiday (inclusive of Bank Holidays), a 15% employer contribution pension scheme (with the option for flexibility—to increase contributions or draw down as salary), all meals provided, training and development, as well as a range of recreational facilities.”
And for those with a bit of a Downton Abbey fetish, you can also choose the role to be “live-in,” though “your salary will be adjusted” accordingly.
Meanwhile, despite the slightly reduced pay, complete noobs need not apply. “You'll have some experience, possibly within a premier kitchen or volume catering,” the job posting suggests, “however, this isn't essential. We're more interested in your ability and enthusiasm to deliver across all four sections of kitchen.”
Still skeptical of the potential pay cut? Well, as former Royal chef Darren McGrady can attest to, the career-building goes beyond just experience. He’s built an entire enterprise out of knowing what the Queen and the rest of the Royal Family eats and has penned books like The Royal Chef at Home and Eating Royally. Because the only thing Brits appreciate more than their Queen is their gossip.