IamA Superyacht Chef who has travelled to over 100 countries, and it's my birthday today AMA!
Hey everyone! I just ticked off my 115th country the other week as a side hobby. But I've been working as a private chef on superyachts, cooking for the rich and famous for the past 5 years now. I'm between jobs and hanging out by myself in Thailand and want to give the IAMA a go. I'm hoping it helps my birthday pass painlessly :P
Edit 1- sorry guys it’s just gone 2am here, and we have been online for a solid 10 hours hahaha keep the questions coming if you have them, and I’ll reply tomorrow. Thanks for a great AMA session, some really awesome questions being thrown around, and a few weird ones, but anyways...! :) I’d be keen to answer any more country/travel specific questions you have too- most of my travel has been done not on the boats. Thanks for all the birthday wishes too 🥂
Edit 2- For anyone wanting to get a job on yachts, please google Stcw and find your nearest stcw course. This is a basic safety and training course everyone needs before they step foot on a yacht as crew, regardless of job role. You will also need an eng1 Which is a medical certificate. That’s the bare minimum. Chef courses and ships cook certificates are additional and required for most boats. If you come in green like I did be prepared to start at the very bottom on 30m boats and work your way up. If you come in with heavy restaurant experience and Michelin Star background you could get a job on a bigger boat right away working under a more experienced head chef.
If anyone wants more yacht chef specific resources www thesuperyachtchef com has a section for green yacht crew, and an instagram page to connect yacht chefs. From there you can contact any of the agents for yacht crew who can help with more specific questions.
My Proof: https://www.instagram.com/p/By4VTT7hm-F/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link if that doesn't work, I'll post something up on my blog www.roundtheworldrachel.com