Working with us

We are looking for committed and passionate cooks who have a variety of cooking skills from those starting out to those who are knowledgeable in many different types of International cuisine.

As an initial starting point, please send us your CV and a covering email or letter explaining the type of work you have been doing and the sort of work you would be interested in doing for us.

You can complete the registration form online and attach your CV too. If you have menus that have recently cooked then these can be emailed to us.

All of our cooks must have references from recent jobs or from their cookery school tutors. You must be available for interview, as we meet all applicants either in London or in Oxford before sending them on a job.

Work on offer

Most of the jobs we offer are temporary cooking positions but we also place cooks in full time/permanent positions.

Examples include:

  • A London dinner party
  • A weekend cooking job at a family home
  • Cooking for a family over half-term or the summer holidays
  • Cooking at a family villa or chalet abroad
  • Shoot weekends
  • Christening parties
  • London drop-off food

What is expected on a job?

Our clients like well-presented, clean and discreet cooks. You may be asked to lay and clear tables, wash-up and do any food shopping. You must always keep receipts for any purchases made on behalf of the client for reimbursement.

You should aim to work quietly and always ensure the kitchen surfaces and floor are thoroughly cleaned at the end of each day or when the job is completed. We will give you a Book a Cook apron to wear on our jobs.

Some clients like you to wear your chef’s whites, but in other cases dress conservatively. Most clients will not expect you to sit with them at the table although on longer jobs this might be something they invite you to do.

Please always be respectful of a client’s home and family time, hopefully most of our clients will enjoy having you around but some clients are more private than others. If a client wishes to use your services again in the future, please always ask them to contact Book a Cook to make the arrangements.

We are an agency and as such, rely on repeat fees which are well documented in our terms which every client signs. Our expectation of our cooks is that when accepting a job they will honour it.

Cooks should not take our jobs early in the year as an “Insurance Policy”. By accepting a job, you are contracted to do that job and if you pull out we will not use you in future and reserve the right to charge you the equivalent of the booking fee.

Above all, we work hard to match the right cook with the right client and have a good reputation because of the excellent and hard working cooks and chefs whom we place.