How To Create A Chef CV

Jun 26, 2023 | Chef Guides, How to Become a Private Chef, How to create a Chef CV


In the highly competitive world of culinary arts, presenting a well-crafted CV can be the key to unlocking exciting opportunities as a professional private yacht or household chef. With a touch of creativity and a strong dose of professionalism, you can create a CV that not only showcases your culinary prowess but also leaves a lasting impression on potential employers. This page will guide you through the essential sections to include for a captivating private chef CV.

1. Header and Key Contact Information:

To kickstart your CV, begin with a clear and concise header that includes your full name, professional title (“Private Chef”), and contact details. Provide your phone number, email address, and, if applicable, your website or portfolio link. Make sure your contact information stands out, allowing recruiters to reach you easily. It’s important to include nationality and current visas / passports. If you’re a wandering chef and want a culinary career of discovery and travel, then these points are crucial.

Non Negotiable Key Mentions :

  • Crisp clear profile image.
  • Name
  • Phone
  • Location or usual base
  • Nationality
  • Visas / passport
  • Smoker / non smoker
  • Tatoos if visible. This isn’t necessarily a restriction, worth a mention all the same.
  • Marital or relationship status may or may not be relevant depending on the type of role


2. Profile / Personal Summary :

Create a punchy and compelling profile summary to grab the reader’s attention. In just a few sentences, highlight your expertise, unique culinary style, and any notable accomplishments or awards. Emphasise your passion for creating extraordinary dining experiences and your ability to tailor menus to clients’ preferences and dietary requirements.

REMEMBER! You need to have your reader’s attention within the first few lines. it’s said, an employer makes a decision to short list after no more than 20 – 30 seconds in!


3. Professional Experience:

Your work history is the heart of your CV, showcasing your culinary journey and professional growth. List your previous roles in reverse chronological order, starting with the most recent position first. For each role, include the following information:

  • Job title and duration of employment.
  • Name and location of the establishment (yacht, private residence, etc.).
  • A brief summary of responsibilities. You’re not writing a novel here. Keep it short and concise.
  • Be mindful of NDA’s you may have agreed with previous employers. No names!
  • If you haven’t had any experience yet, this is where you can add volunteering or college / school work experience.

Remember to group experience where appropriate. Your reader needs to grab a snapshot within 30 seconds.

An example of a yacht chef CV

A nice clear profile head shot wearing your chef jacket or uniform. 

Chef gallery page example

Add a separate food photography page or add a small selection of images to your CV.

4. Responsibilities and Achievements:

Under each professional experience entry, detail your specific responsibilities, accolades and notable achievements. Focus on aspects such as menu planning, culinary innovation, client satisfaction, and team leadership. Quantify your accomplishments whenever possible by mentioning the number of guests served, successful events catered, or positive feedback received.

5. Culinary Skills:

Devote a section of your CV to showcasing your culinary skills and expertise. Highlight your proficiency in various cooking techniques, cuisines, and specialised areas such as pastry, seafood, or international cuisine. This is where you slot in your dietary knowledge too.

6. Education and Training:

List your educational background related to culinary arts, including degrees, diplomas, or certificates. You might also want to add in other specialist courses in specific areas of cooking. Maybe that sushi diploma, or chocolate course. Perhaps you spent a week baking and cake making in Provence or even wine and food pairing. Specify the name of the institution or school, location, and the year of completion.

For yacht roles, you must get your Eng1 seafarer’s medical and all important STCW certificates on the list as top priority. If you’ve a certificate of Ship’s Cook competency, in it goes too.

7. Additional Sections:

Consider including additional sections to further enhance your CV. These can include:

  • Certifications: Highlight any relevant food safety certifications or courses you have completed.
  • Awards and Honors: Mention any accolades or recognition you have received throughout your career.
  • Languages: If you are fluent in multiple languages, note them here, as it can be advantageous in diverse culinary environments.
  • Memberships: Include any professional culinary associations or organisations you belong to.
  • Hobbies. Yes, hobbies! You never know when your summer surfing or guitar playing could come in handy.
  • References : Whilst good to include a couple of written testimonials in your portfolio, a mention of 2 contactable referees with name, establishment and phone number may sway the decision to shortl list or not. 

8. Profile Photography:

Selecting the right profile photograph is crucial to make a positive first impression. Opt for a professional, high-resolution image that reflects your personality and professionalism. Dress in appropriate chef jacket (avoid logos) or shirt / polo, with a clean and tidy appearance. Clean shaven is optimum and go easy on the makeup. Choose a well-lit background that complements the overall aesthetic of your CV. Many of us memorise information through visuals. A name and a face will sit firmly in the forefront of your employer’s mind!

Let’s Wrap it Up!

By layering up these essential elements into your professional private chef CV, you can present a top notch compelling document that highlights your culinary expertise and experiences. Remember to keep your CV concise, relevant, and visually appealing. With a well-crafted CV (and don’t forget that crisp profile photo!), you’ll be one step closer to securing your dream position as a private chef in a private estate or on a superyacht. Good luck!

Need your CV or portfolio in a hurry? Check out the HEC Services to see how we can help you. 




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