I’m David, I became a chef 12 years ago and have never looked back. Studying my apprenticeship through Westminster Kingsway College with internships at the Gordon Ramsey group gave me a great foundation.
I began in restaurants in London, Barcelona and New York and slowly moved to high-end events then into private houses.
Within this blog, you will learn a little more about the life of a private chef plus some lessons I have learnt along the way.
What are the 5 top tips you would give a candidate wishing to start a career as a Private chef?
How would you advise a client when choosing the right private chef for their household?
An invaluable piece of advice
People love the kitchen, it is often the hub of every private house, so be prepared to work while holding conversations. You can’t be head-down in silence like in a restaurant kitchen.
A new skill you have learned whilst working as a Private Chef
Be prepared to be more than a chef, don’t be surprised to become a waiter, barista, porter, driver, nanny, security, gardener and a whole load more of other random exciting opportunities. You really are joining a family however always remember you are staff, not family, always remain professional and don’t overstep the line.
Your career highlight
Winning Young Spanish Chef of the Year which gave me the opportunity to work at El Bulli is something only a very small handful of people can ever say they got to do and it really started my career. It’s something very special and hard to top!