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An informal Toronto-based family of four (a mother, father,  and two school-aged children) is seeking an experienced Private Chef for their Toronto residence as well as a family cottage. These residences are scent free and non-smoking. The position is full-time, permanent, and live-out (while in Toronto). There is a cottage and the Private Chef will travel to the cottage with the family (accommodation provided). Peak season is the summer. The Private Chef must be child friendly. There is a cat and a dog, so the person must also be pet friendly. 

 

The Private Chef should be comfortable preparing “hi-lo” meals (both family-friendly and elevated) for both adults and children. It is a friendly home in which respect for all members (including other employees) is a virtue.

 

The ideal chef is a professional who takes pride in what they do, is self-directed, and checklist minded. They will take ownership of all kitchen responsibilities. The Private Chef should have the confidence to ask appropriate questions when unsure, but be resourceful in finding answers through creative research. They provide diversity when it comes to meals and avoid repetition. They must ALWAYS have family safety in mind.

Applicants must hold current status to legally work in Canada. They must have a valid G-level driver's license and, ideally, have access to a vehicle. They must also be fully COVID vaccinated.

SCHEDULE: 

FALL, WINTER, SPRING SEASONS: Tuesday to Saturday

SUMMER SEASON: Thursday to Monday

NOTE: Flexibility is required

 

Responsibilities Include:

  • Create weekly menus in advance for healthy and fresh meals (lunch and dinner) for both adults and children

  • Use seasonally fresh ingredients whenever possible

  • The Private Chef will be expected to prepare either à la minute meals or “heat and serve” meals with instructions for their days off

  • Attention should be paid consistently to the presentation of food

  • The Private Chef will prepare a fridge program so that family can help themselves to prepared foods

  • Preparation of foods in a cooler when the family leaves for the cottage

  • Table setting and service is required when numbers and the menu permits

  • Provisioning (grocery shopping), inventory management (a list exists of foods that should always be in stock), and placing items away in an organized manner while practicing “first in / first out” fridge management

  • Organize the fridge in such a manner that food for school lunches is readily available

  • Maintaining a “clean as you go” meal preparation regimen

  • The Private Chef is responsible for cleaning (daily and regular deep cleaning) and maintaining the kitchen, appliances, drawers, cupboards and the pantry at both the Toronto residence and the cottage residence. This includes outdoor BBQs as well as a wine storage area. Cleanliness in all things is imperative. 

  • Practice preventive maintenance and inform the Household Manager when appliance repairs and or replacements are required

  • Planning, menu planning, coordinating, and executing events in conjunction with the Household Manager and the employer

  • The kitchen is open concept and the Chef must be comfortable working in an open kitchen environment

  • The family enjoys cooking and the children enjoy baking cookies, etc. The Chef must be child-friendly and comfortable sharing the kitchen space with family members and have fun baking or making pasta with the children.

  • Relocation to the cottage during the summer. Accommodation is provided (bedroom, bathroom, living room, kitchenette).

  • The work spirit of the residence is collaborative. The Private Chef will assist other staff members as needed and when able.

  • Removal of trash and management of composting along with other staff members

  • Occasional travel for family vacations

  • Other duties that may be required from time to time

  • Be discreet… always

 

Skills and Attributes:

  • Experience as a Private Chef or equivalent (personal chef, catering, etc.) is preferred

  • Should have a culinary certificate / diploma

  • Experience working for a high net worth family is an asset

  • Demonstrates respect for their work environment

  • Experience in proactively planning, organizing, and executing events

  • Must be comfortable providing menus for approval in advance. The Private Chef will not be asked for menus. The expectation is they will understand it is part of their job.

  • Must be able to drive with a clean driver’s abstract. Ideally have their own vehicle and mileage will be paid for work purposes. (There is a shared household vehicle)

  • Be willing to explore dietary objectives with the family

  • The Private Chef should be a quiet and methodical worker

  • A broad culinary repertoire

  • Should have a respectful, calm, polite demeanour, with no ego. For example, the Private Chef should be willing to prepare a favourite family recipe.

  • Must be a clean worker with a polished appearance

  • Must have a passion for cooking and always looking to broaden their culinary horizon. A curious mindset is essential.

  • Should be organized and not flustered by a busy kitchen or last minute changes

  • Flexible and accommodating

  • Must be willing to sign a confidentiality and social media agreement

  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and willing to receive boosters as required

  • Willing to receive their annual flu vaccination

  • Should be comfortable around water (while at the cottage)

  • Must have current legal working status for Canada

 

PLEASE NOTE: We thank all applicants for their interest in this position. Due to response volume, however, only those who meet the position's requirements shall be contacted.

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