REWARDING YACHT CREW WORK FOR THOSE WITH A PASSION FOR DETAILS

A Silver Services a place for the Super Yacht community to share and discuss their experiences *REWARDING YACHT CREW WORK FOR THOSE WITH A PASSION FOR DETAILS* Do you think you have the skills to be a yacht steward(ess)? Are you a culinary professional looking for a job at sea? This is your chance to taste a new kind of success as a private yacht chef.

Crew: Job Descriptions

REWARDING YACHT CREW WORK FOR THOSE WITH A PASSION FOR DETAILS

Do you think you have the skills to be a yacht steward(ess)? The yacht steward(ess) (or “the stew”) maintains the cleanliness of the ship’s interior and services guests aboard the yacht. Are you a culinary professional looking for a job at sea? This is your chance to taste a new kind of success as a private yacht chef.

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Do you think you have the skills to be a yacht steward(ess)?

Responsibilities include daily meticulous cleaning of the entire interior, including all guest and common areas, cleaning the cabins (including the bathrooms, popularly known as “heads and beds”), serving meals, doing laundry, etc.
Interior yacht crew work is rewarding, but you must be discreet, polite and professional.
Entry Level Yacht Steward(ess):
• Service background
• Some working background, longevity and yacht steward(ess) training a plus
• Pleasant attitude
• Professional appearance
• STCW 95 training

Mid-level Yacht Steward(ess):
• All of the above
• Waitress/Waiter
• Basic mixology/Bartender
• Interior cleaning and sanitation
• Accounting
• Experience and training as a yacht steward(ess)

Yacht Steward(ess) Supervisor:
• All of the above
• More experience
• Organization skills
• Provisioning
• Flower arranging/Table settings
• Computer skills

Chief Steward(ess):
• All of the above
• Minimum 2 years experience of yacht crew work, managing at least 2 stews
• Advanced knowledge of:
o Food garnishing/presentation/flower arrangements/table settings
o Cleaning products, stain removal, care of fine linens, laundry
o Inventory control
o Provisioning
o Accounting
o Valet services
o Wines
• Always a plus: languages and first hand knowledge of areas traveled. Caribbean, Mediterranean, New England, Bahamas, South Pacific, etc.

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SUCCESSFUL CAREER AS A PRIVATE YACHT CHEF
Are you a culinary professional looking for a job at sea? This is your chance to taste a new kind of success as a private yacht chef. Yacht chef jobs are the only upper level position onboard that can be filled by a novice to yachting. A chef that is well trained, either in school or apprenticeship, has high-end restaurant background, and the right attitude can be successful aboard a yacht.
Many Chefs find that working on a luxury yacht challenges their creative skills, as they are not locked into cooking the same meal day after day. The chef is responsible for all guest and crew food, three meals a day, seven days a week. Yacht chefs are also responsible for galley cleaning, including all of the cooking utensils, pots and pans, menu planning, provisioning and gourmet research.
YACHT CHEFS: FEEDING ALL HANDS ON DECK
New Yacht Chefs:
• Culinary degree or equivalent training, apprenticeship, work as chef in another venue
• Menu planning “Sample Menu”
• Nutrition
• Proof of good presentation skills “Food Photos”
• A good repertoire of recipes
• Ability to build rapport with guests (food is a focal point of any yachting trip)
• Good attitude

Experienced Yacht Chefs:
• All of the above
• Excellent yachting experience
• Table settings
• Management skills

The biggest difference between a Chef aboard a yacht and a conventional (land based) Chef is the extensive planning required at sea. You will do your own provisioning and preparation work, cleanliness is essential! On some smaller vessels, you may also share other vessel responsibilities, while on larger luxury yachts you may have the services of one or more of the stewards/stewardesses for prep work, serving, clearing and cleaning.
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