The salary for the position will probably shock you.
For many chefs it would be a dream come true—and one of the most prestigious positions he or she could ever hope to fill: A cook in the kitchen at Buckingham Palace, preparing meals for Queen Elizabeth II herself. And for one lucky cook, that fantasy could become a reality. Buckingham Palace is currently hiring a Demi Chef de Partie.
The position would look great on any resume, and it comes with perks like free meals and accommodation, but the salary leaves something to be desired: The position only pays £20,604 per year, around $27,563—not exactly a living wage, but perhaps worth it if you’re especially committed to serving queen and country.
The Sun reports that the job description informs applicants that they’ll be cooking for receptions, state dinners, and staff lunches, and will require some travel to other royal residences, but will mostly be based at the Queen’s home, Buckingham Palace.
The Queen’s eating habits are well known by now: According to one former chef, she loves mangoes and chocolate mousse, and the staff knows to never add garlic to any of her meals. Another former chef, Darren McGrady, revealed that she enjoys the occasional gin cocktail (although probably not four times a day) and takes a slice of chocolate biscuit cake with her when she travels. Whoever ends up accepting the Demi Chef de Partie position will surely have to become deeply familiar with these habits and rules (as well as many more that the royal family has so far been able to keep secret).
Although Queen Elizabeth doesn’t often dine out, she was spotted leaving The Ivy, a popular restaurant for London socialites and celebrities, back in May (Princess Diana was also a frequent guest). It was the first time she had been seen eating out since 2016. She has one other favorite restaurant: Bellamy’s in Mayfair, where she celebrated her 80th birthday.