Family Cook | UAE

SALARY OPEN / D.O.E

 

An International business couple, living and working in Dubai with their two young teenagers, are looking for a cook, who is able to prepare a wide range of different styled dishes, typical of the Mediterranean, Pacific-rim and the Americas, and also including plant-based and vegan dishes.

The family enjoy and require meals which are tasty, imaginative, attractive on the plate, healthy and nutritious.

The cook will be responsible for preparing breakfasts and lunch (lunch is the main meal of the day) along with the occasional dinner for the family. When lockdowns and covid concerns lift, there may be occasional dinner and lunch parties hosted for guests. 

Already employing 2 housekeepers, the cook will need to work hand-in-hand with them, assisting them with the purchasing of cleaning materials and any equipment needed .

Applicants must hold a valid international driving licence, as a car will be provided for food shopping and running errands - consequently applicants must not be afraid to drive in Dubai!

Hours to be flexible depending on needs. E.g. 6am-3pm (for breakfast and lunch service) or 9am-6pm (for lunch and dinner service) or 2pm-finish when entertaining / having a small dinner party.

The cook will be offered expat terms of employment, which includes normal benefits, including sponsorship/assistance with the work visa application process, holiday allowance, flights home, health-insurance, self-contained accommodation etc.

The family are open to recruiting someone already in the UAE, or from further afield subject to being able to work around Covid travel restrictions and quarantines.

The employers stress they are an equal opportunities employer.

JOB REFERENCE

#7683

SALARY

SALARY OPEN / D.O.E

CURRENCY

USD

LOCATION

UAE / Dubai

POSITION

Family Cook

ACCOMMODATION OFFERED

Yes

LOOKING FOR COUPLE

No

TYPE OF HOUSEHOLD

Professional / Philanthropist, Informal Household, City Based

PERKS

Expat terms of employment are offered: which include all the normal benefits, including sponsorship/assistance with the work visa application process, holiday allowance, flights home, health-insurance, self-contained accommodation etc.

EXPERIENCE

5+ years

LANGUAGE

English - Arabic would be advantageous!

DRIVING LICENCE

Yes

PREFER NON SMOKER

Yes

VALID DBS

Yes

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Meal planning
  • Meal preparation for a family of 4 and guests
  • Provide nutritious, well-presented, timely meals for lunch and dinner 4-5 days per week (mostly to self-serve; occasionally to serve at BBQ station or at small events)
  • Table setting and clearing
  • Prepare breakfasts the day before for the family to self-serve (as needed)
  • Prepare occasional snacks and juices for the family
  • Prepare ‘food to go’ for relative who lives close by
  • Research and Errands
  • Weekly Reporting, improvement planning, future planning
  • Creating an online recipe book of all family favourites (can liaise with PA on this)
  • F&B event planning (small lunches or dinners), possibly assisting at the event (by serving food/drinks) and liaising withPA
  • Replenish F&B supplies; Grocery shopping, sourcing healthy produce, on-line orders
  • Maintain a clean and sanitary production kitchen, well-organised and logical
  • Maintain and clean kitchen equipment, appliances and utensils
  • Maintain all F&B related crockery and flatware – clean/polishing
  • Learn how to use new kitchen appliances and equipment safely and train other members of staff
  • Sweep/vacuum, polish, and mop hard floors
  • Empty bins and dispose of waste
  • Hours to be flexible depending on needs. E.g. 6am-3pm (for breakfast and lunch service) or 9am-6pm (for lunch and dinner service) or 2pm-finish when entertaining / having a small dinner party
  • Possible travel and meal prep (TBD after cook has had their own annual leave)

Accommodation

The costs for self-contained accommodation will be covered by the client.

 

Entry Requirements

  • Nutrition enthusiast, taking interest in investigating, trying new ideas etc
  • Cooking – must be talented at preparing whole food, plant-based cuisine as we have 1 vegan in the family and 1 becoming more vegan/vegetarian. The other two have mixed diets (meat/veg/carbs)
  • Knowledge and confidence in various cooking procedures and methods
  • Creativity in food presentation and table settings
  • Hygiene levels very high
  • Strong procurement skills
  • Capable of managing petty cash reconciliations, or credit card statements to allow expenditure for F&B supplies
  • Physical stamina and mobility
  • Excellent time management and organisation skills
  • High attention to detail
  • Diligent and reliable
  • A ‘quiet’ worker, happy in own skin, positive and glass half full nature
  • Respect of privacy
  • Honest and transparent way of working
  • Well presented
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing needs
  • Native (or fluent) English speaker
  • Experience cooking in private homes, cooking on luxury yachts a plus
  • Formal training and at least 5 years’ experience in a similar role
  • A driver with a clean licence

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