Permanent Cook/Chef and child help - to start July 2018 - New York, USA

A permanent chef/cook/ ad hoc child help/babysitter is required for 3 children – 15 (girl), 11 (boy), 9 (boy). Mother and father who are approx. 45 years old. This job will start in July 2018 and is offered on a permanent contract with a 3 month initial trial period.

This family have had the same candidate working for them for the past 15 years. This candidate is now in their 50s and is looking to return to London so the family are recruiting for a new person.

Their dream candidate would be an experienced cook/chef who is happy to be flexible and turn their hand to anything that can be required in a large busy household and family with 3 children. Main duties will include cooking an evening meal for the children on a daily basis, cooking for the parents approx twice a week, cooking for adult dinner parties (4-10 guests) once or twice a month, doing the shopping, keeping kitchen clean and tidy, replenishing food stock and keeping on top of it. You will also be required to travel with the family on occasional weekends to other properties in Connecticut and Long Island and for these weekends you will have more guests to cook for, and more meals to cook.

Your chef/cooking skills should be good enough to be able to prepare food that is beautifully presented for formal dinner parties for guests with a range of dietary requirements, but at the same time able to do more simple family food that is creative and exciting (not plain food). They enjoy healthy food but eat most things. The wife enjoys vegan plant based food, but will also eat meat. Fresh, clean food is important.

You must drive and be prepared to drive a large 4 x 4 car.

Although the day times may be quiet, there will be ad hoc tasks to run and this job is not for the faint hearted. You must be extremely hard working and able to cope with the clients demands. The clients are well known for their longevity of staff (most of them have been working for the family for 10 years plus) and the clients treat their staff very fairly, but you do have to prove yourself and work hard.

 Friendly, trustworthy and responsible are as important as cooking skills. The family would love someone fun and easy to talk to that the children will get on with.

This is not a pure nanny role, but there will be some sort of link by proxy and the candidate must be prepared for cross over and really be able to turn their hand to most things. The candidate will be looking after the children in so far as they will be left alone for periods, but the kids are very self sufficient and ‘grown up’ for their years.

There will be quite a lot of down time and large periods when the family are on holiday during which time the candidate would be considered on leave.

Visa arranged for the right person if the candidate is not American or Canadian.

Salary will depend on experience but is a very generous package however the clients are looking for someone to stay with them for many years, so if you are someone that is scared about commitment please do not apply.

Travel to NEW YORK is covered and one return flight to the UK per year is covered for the candidate if required.

 To apply, you must be able to provide excellent recent references and a good portfolio of pictures of your food.

Please e mail ella@sugarellacooks.co.uk for more information.