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Buckingham Palace seeks new sous chef

30 April 2013 by
Buckingham Palace seeks new sous chef

The Queen is looking for a new sous chef to help run the kitchens of the Royal Household under its chef Mark Flanagan.

Buckingham Palace has advertised for the £23,000-a-year role, adding the ideal candidate must have a City and Guilds qualification and should have experience within a five-star premier catering operation.

The job description, posted on the Buckingham Palace website, added that candidates will be willing to spend approximately three months of the year away from London working at other UK residences and will also have a "good understanding of kitchen French".

It added: "From state banquets for 200 to lunches for two; and from canapé receptions for 800 to staff restaurant meals; our chefs prepare it all to the same exceptional standards.

"In this hands-on position you will help to lead and train the junior chefs to deliver quality fresh food to the highest standards, and you will also take charge of the kitchen operation when working from smaller kitchens and when deputising for senior colleagues.

"Although primarily based at Buckingham Palace, you will also work as part of a team at other Royal residences throughout the UK, spending a total of approximately three months away from London."

Candidates are required to have experience of "menu planning and development" and have "proven planning and organisation skills".

Applications for the sous chef post close on 10 May.

The Royal Household employs around 1,200 staff, around 450 of whom are funded by the taxpayer. The staff work across a wide range of professions, including catering, housekeeping, accountancy, secretarial, media relations, human resources, art curatorship and strategic planning.

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