Recommended Time In Role

An Executive Chef can and should stay in their role as long as the work is rewarding. As and when the time comes to look for a new role, an Executive Chef will have many valuable skills that would be well placed both in other yacht culinary roles, and in many on- shore positions.

Mandatory Qualifications

To be eligible to be an Executive Chef, all candidates must have STCW Basic Safety Training A-VI/I, Food Safety (Catering) Level 2, and Food Safety (Catering) Level 3.

The MLC Ship’s Cook CoC is
mandatory for vessels carrying more than ten crew members.

Recommended Qualifications

  • Trained Chef (Culinary Certificate, Apprenticeship, Cookery School) or Qualified Chef (formal Quals/ apprenticeship)
  • GUEST Introduction to Yacht Galley Operations for Chefs
  • GUEST Advanced Leadership
  • GUEST Accounting Budgeting and Bookkeeping Level 3 Supervision of Food Safety in Catering
  • Full driver’s license is expected.

Recommended Experience

Executive Chefs should have over five years of previous Chef experience at the Michelin-Star/gourmet level or onboard with culinary qualifications.

They should also have experience with provisioning, the ability to create menus, a good understanding of dietary requirements, and galley management.


Vocational Chefs will need previous yacht galley experience before stepping into this role.

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