Buckingham Palace seeks skilled pastry chef

Buckingham Palace is searching for a new pastry chef, who will oversee culinary operations for both individual family members and state events.

Applicants must be ‘highly qualified and skilled’ with ‘experience at a senior level from a fine dining or five-star catering operation’, according to the palace. It also emphasised the need for good IT skills.

The appointed chef will cook at numerous sites for the royal family, as well as volume catering for big events. It is also expected that they will be involved with staff lunches, meals for individual family members, receptions and state dinners.

Additionally, they will provide support to the head chef with day-to-day catering management, such as the creation of menus, stock management, staff training, health and hygiene.

"As pastry chef, you'll help to lead a team of talented professionals in the royal kitchens to deliver food to the highest standards," the job advert stated. "Supporting the head chef, you'll help manage day-to-day operations in our kitchens, developing and preparing both classical and contemporary menus for a wide range of events."

The pastry chef will report to the Master of the Household’s office – who handles hospitality, catering and housekeeping activities across Buckingham Palace.

Live-in accommodation and prepared meals are offered, as well as 33 days of holiday with a working schedule of five days out of seven, Monday to Friday.

Previous royal pastry chef Kathryn Cuthbertson worked there for over 11 years. "Whilst working here, I completed my BA Honours in International Culinary Arts, and have improved my sugarcraft skills,” she said previously.

The deadline for applications is 26 June.

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