If you think cooking for the Queen will bankroll you a life of opulence purely by association, that’s just rubbish. As it turns out, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II doesn’t pay her cooks much more than a fast-food worker.
Her majesty is currently in the market for a Demi Chef de Partie, which is the equivalent of a line cook here in the states.
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The job listing states that the position pays about $28,000 a year, which is, according to Business Insider, about $5,000 more than the average salary of a line cook at a US restaurant — or $8,300 more than a fast food worker at McDonald’s.
The position also offers live-in accommodations for which there is a salary adjustment (undisclosed amount) with meals provided. The listing also states that the role doesn’t require a long list of experience, as it’s more about “learning new techniques to deliver the oldest traditions.”
It’s being encouraged to learn new skills. And it’s helping to deliver extraordinary service in incredible surroundings. This is what makes a career with the Royal Household exceptional.
This is no ordinary Demi Chef de Partie role. 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.
Joining our accomplished and close-knit team, you’ll work hands-on to deliver food to the very highest standards.
Working with quality ingredients and highly skilled colleagues, you’ll develop specific technical skills, rotating through all sections of the kitchen.
Every day will be different. You’ll prepare receptions and state dinners, as well as staff lunches.
In an environment where development and training is commonplace, you’ll be supported to grow within your role.
And whether you’re based at Buckingham Palace or, when required, travelling to another Royal residence, you’ll look forward to whatever challenge comes your way.
The Royal Family is not easy to cook for, either. As previously reported by the BBC, those in line to the throne are banned from eating shellfish because it contains a high risk of foodborne illness. They are also strongly advised to avoid meats cooked rare and drinking tap water while visiting foreign countries to avoid any potential bug.
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Sadly, the application deadline for theDemi Chef de Partie was January 1, but the Queen is still on the hunt for two palace assistants and some seasonal workers for next summer.