The requirements for Private Chefs have increased dramatically in recent years. Households in the past would use a chef / cook on a more casual basis, often when entertaining or at events that were larger and more demanding for the regular household staff to manage. However, due to busier lifestyles and less time a chef in the home is becoming a necessity rather than an occasional luxury.
Most chefs will have commercial background experience with a college City & Guilds certificate or similar level of education. All should have previous experience in menu planning & design, catering for various allergies and dietary requirements. These will most likely include low fat, low calorie, low sodium, kosher practices, halal, vegetarian, vegan, diabetic, glucose free, wheat tolerances and so on, the list is ever increasing.
All chefs will have a valid food hygiene certificate.