The Queen is hiring a Buckingham Palace chef

By Heather Cichowski

If you're a whizz in the kitchen and have always dreamed about working at Buckingham Palace, get your résumé ready because the Queen is hiring a chef!

The Royal Family has a sous chef job vacancy posting. The role is a full-time, permanent position based in London at the Palace, but will involve travel to other royal residences.

Who wants a piece? Her Majesty cuts into a cake during a visit to the King George VI Day Centre in April 2018 in Windsor. Photo: © Eamonn M. McCormack - WPA Pool/Getty Images

There's also the option of live-in accommodation (for which there's a salary adjustment) with meals provided. The posting doesn't specify the salary, but the successful candidate will get a "comprehensive benefits package" which includes 33 days of vacation time!

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There is training and growth in the role, but the average home cook probably won't make it to the interview stage. The posting stipulates the vacancy is for an "experienced and qualified Chef with a background in premier catering, looking to take on a new challenge." The candidate must also be familiar with recent catering legislative requirements and be able to follow them.

Alongside the Head Chef, the new sous chef will help prepare food to the highest standards, develop menus for events and manage stock levels and day-to-day operations.

A similar job posting for a Demi Chef de Partie at Buckingham Palace was posted in July 2019. It stated the salary was approximately $37,800.

There is certainly a lot of curiosity about the Queen and the rest of the Royal Family's eating habits and the new sous chef will get to learn all about their eating routines.

Former royal chef Darren McGrady, who was the personal chef to Her Majesty, Prince Philip, Prince William, Prince Harry and the late Princess Diana, has previously provided insight on some of the family's eating habits, including the traditional meal they have for Christmas.

The Queen, Duchess Camilla and Duchess Kate admire a Diamond Jubilee-themed cake at Fortnum & Mason in March 2012 in London. Photo: © Leon Neal - WPA Pool/Getty Images

In a recent interview with Delish, Darren revealed some fascinating tidbits about the British royals's eating habits he learned in the 15 years he worked for them. For instance, Her Majesty prefers traditional British and French cuisine and enjoys having food that comes from the estate. One of her favourite meals is a well-done Gaelic steak with cream sauce and organically grown vegetables.

"The Queen never was a foodie," Darren told HELLO! UK. "She always ate to live rather than live to eat.

"Prince Philip was the foodie. He'd want to try any new dishes all the time and got excited about new ingredients, whereas the Queen, if we had a new recipe, she'd have to look at the whole recipe before saying, 'Yes, okay let's try it'. But for the most part she stuck to the same dishes week in week out."

Interested candidates, take note!

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