Recommended Time In Role

A Head 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, a Head 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 a Head 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

Head Chefs should have over five years of previous Chef experience at the gourmet/Michelin 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 may take this route into the industry, but they will need support to gain industry experience.

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