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International chef placement

ocean earth chefs is a leading private and personal chef placement agency with access to some of the world’s best chefs. We provide high quality chefs to super yachts, luxury villas, chalets, households, and estates worldwide. Our chef services are available for one-off special occasions and temporary, seasonal, and long-term permanent positions wherever you are in the world. We have chefs ranging from home cooks to chefs with Michelin starred backgrounds and those that specialise in particular cuisines and strict dietary requirements.

When you request a chef from us, you can be confident that you will receive a chef who has been thoroughly checked and carefully selected to meet your expectations of a private or personal chef. We carefully evaluate each chef to meet your culinary criteria. With over 24 years of experience in the private chef industry, we understand what it takes to satisfy our clients.

What could be better than your own private chef?

Some of our chefs have award-winning backgrounds in restaurants and hotels across the world and have worked for UHNW families and individuals on private yachts in villas and estates. These passionate chefs understand and like to keep up with current food trends so that every meal they make becomes a great occasion individually tailored to your specific requests.

Our range of chef placement services

Our chef guarantee

All our chefs are thoroughly checked and evaluated before placement. This process is undertaken before you receive any potential candidates for consideration, so we are confident that the chefs we present to you will be suitable. That’s why we can guarantee all our chef placements.

If you are unhappy with the chef you receive for any reason, we will replace the chef at no extra charge.

What to expect from ocean earth chefs

Our complete professional chef service is committed to finding the ideal chef for you. Our job is to listen, understand your needs and requirements, and match our chefs according to your individual needs. When you request a chef from us, we will only offer you chefs we feel most suited to your required skill set and fit your criteria.

We won’t waste your time with candidates that don’t meet your requirements. Generally, you will be presented with 3-5 suitable candidates within days whose backgrounds and references have been thoroughly checked. We will ensure you receive the best-suited chefs matched to you based on their character and compatibility with your requests and culinary preferences. With over 38 years of experience in hospitality, we know what it takes to satisfy our clients.

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Frequently asked questions about hiring a chef

What is the difference between hiring a personal and a private chef?

Personal chefs offer home cooking services for short periods and special occasions at a pre-agreed price. Private chefs usually work full-time for a client and sometimes travel with the client.

What are the benefits of hiring a private chef?

A private chef can individually design menus to suit the tastes and dietary requirements of you and your family. They may even live in your house or on your boat.

Do some chefs offer set menus to choose from?

Yes, some chefs allow you to choose various menus with a set price that can be tailored to suit your preferences. This way, you know exactly how much the service will cost you.

What are the benefits of hiring a personal chef?

Having a personal chef leaves you to enjoy having a qualified chef take care of the shopping and cooking duties for your holiday or special occasion and leave the kitchen spotless.

What is the cost of hiring a personal chef?

Generally, it depends on how many services are required. You could expect to pay anything from €150 for breakfast and €250 for a lunch or dinner service plus food costs.

Where do personal/private chefs work?

Personal and private chefs work in homes, villas, chalets, estates and yachts. Just about anywhere in the world where people would like a restaurant experience at home.

private chef agency founder - Barry

Our founder

Barry D’Arcy carved out a career as a chef/pastry chef in hotels, restaurants, and Directors Dining in Australia and London. The last 22 years were spent cooking in luxury villas in Europe and on private superyachts for UHNW individuals and families. He is also a qualified Toastmaster.

ocean earth chefs was launched to satisfy the increasing need to provide high-quality chefs to clients in the fast growing private and personal chef industry. Barry’s unique knowledge and hands-on experience in the hospitality and private chef industry are now used to match the best hand-picked chefs to clients. This in-depth knowledge makes him better positioned to find and match the best professional chefs selected from our global network and talent pools.

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