6 Reasons to Be a Yacht Chef During Covid

chef Feb 08, 2021

Do you have cooking skills? Have you thought about working on yachts as a chef?

A yacht chef job is an incredible opportunity to use your cooking skills to travel the world safely, while quickly improving your finances.

In today's world with COVID lockdowns and restaurant closures, a superyacht job allows you to use your cooking experience and travel in a safe bubble. The nature of yachting is an isolated environment making it a perfect vacation destination for the guests.

Typically, both crew and guests are COVID tested regularly, ensuring a safe environment for all onboard.

So if you're a restaurant looking for a new exciting career direction, yachting could be a great choice for you now.

And if you love food, but don't have any cooking formal experience, you could also consider a job on a small yacht as a cook/stewardess or cook/deckhand.

Here are the top 6 reasons to be a superyacht chef.

1. You'll be in high demand! 

Yacht chefs are always in demand. Captains know that finding an experienced chef who can also work on yachts, is harder than it sounds.

So if you can cook and you're willing to learn the specific skills required to work in a yacht's galley  -- you'll be able to take your pick of yacht jobs.


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2. You'll make great money

As chef, you'll be one of the higher ranking crew onboard. You'll have the responsibility of providing top quality food and dining experiences for your guests, but you'll be well compensated in return.

Few other cooking jobs can provide you with the saving potential that a yacht chef job can give you. All of your living expenses are covered by the boat, which means you can save most of your salary.

How much does a yacht chef make?

Well, it depends on the size of the vessel, the yacht's program, and several other factors. But here's a general guideline.

On a small yacht - up to 35 meters (115 feet), a yacht chef's salary is between $4,000-6,000 a month before tips.

This goes up with the size of the boat – on 51-65 meter (167 - 200 feet) superyachts a salary of $8,500-10,000 per month is average, and on vessels over 100 meters chefs can earn from $12,000 or more monthly.

And if you're on a charter yacht, you'll be making tips on top of this.

Factors that can influence a boat chef’s salary include expertise in specialty cuisines, experience provisioning in specific cruising areas, and experience in top restaurants. 


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3. The Budget to Be Creative

Working as a yacht chef is an incredibly creative job. Unlike traditional restaurant jobs that would hold you to a set menu or a type of cuisine, yacht guests love to be surprised with a variety of menus throughout their trip.

This means you can take your creativity as far as you like, allowing for guest preferences of course. 

And along with this flexibility comes the money to support it.

A large or nearly unlimited budget will mean you can find the absolute best ingredients to create the best menus possible.

Think about it! How many cooking jobs would give you that much creative freedom?



4. Responsibility

You’ll have a lot of responsibility for managing your department.

This means you’re in charge of everything from menu creation to accounting, planning, and food storage.

It’s almost like owning a restaurant -- but you don’t have to pay the bills! 

You’ll be well-appreciated by the owners and guests. After all, the food is often what makes or breaks a person’s vacation experience, and superyachts are no exception.


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5. Explore Ports Around the World

Pulling into port along the coast of Italy? What about the Greek isles? Or perhaps, you’re on a yacht traveling along the NW coast of the U.S. and Canada.

Wherever you travel, you’ll have the chance to search out the best ingredients from local markets.

From specialty cheese shops and bakeries in France to pasta shops in Italy, these local markets often have the best local food.

In today's world, you'll need to wear a mask and practice safe distancing, but buying locally from small suppliers can be one of the best benefits of a yacht chef job. 


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6. Create an Experience


Food -- especially good food -- makes people happy.

Meals on a yacht are often a highlight of a guest's vacation experience.

Together with the stewards/esses who create the table settings and serve the meals, the chef can provide incredible dining experiences and lasting memories for guests. 

Having this creative freedom can motivate a chef to continuously try new things, reach higher levels of excellence and really have fun with the job.



So -- are you ready?

As you’ve seen above, working as a chef isn’t an entry-level job on a yacht, but if you’ve got good cooking skills a yacht chef position might just be an exciting opportunity for you during this challenging time of COVID.

Would you love to be a yacht chef?

If this career sounds like a good fit for you - 

watch for our Superyacht Chef Academy program opening for enrollment in a few weeks.

Go here to join the waitlist and you'll be the first to know when the doors open again very soon!



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