Recommended Time In Role

Ideally, a Crew Chef/ Third Chef should stay in their role for two to four seasons before considering advancing their career. This is the length of time needed to perfect the skills to be a strong Crew Chef/ Third Chef and the minimum amount of experience needed for more senior roles.

Mandatory Qualifications

To be eligible to be a Crew Chef/ Third Chef, all candidates must have STCW Basic Safety Training A-VI/I, a Ship’s Cook CoC (if cooking for ten or more crew), as well as Food Safety (Catering) Level 2.

Recommended Qualifications

  • Trained Chef (Culinary Certificate, Apprenticeship, Cookery School) or Qualified Chef (formal Quals /apprenticeship)
  • GUEST Introduction to Yacht Galley Operations for Chefs
  • Full driver’s license is expected.

Recommended Experience

Crew Chefs/ Third Chefs should have previous Chef experience of at least one to two years either shore side or onboard.


Vocational Chefs may take this route into the industry to gain yacht galley experience before progressing their careers onboard.

Character Attributes

  • Self-motivated
  • Confident
  • Self Aware
  • Proactive
  • Positive
  • Flexible
  • Can take direction
  • Organised
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Honest
  • Trustworthy
  • Good communicator
  • Discreet
  • Resilient
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Good listener
  • Well presented
  • Personable
  • Collaborative