working on a private yacht

Chris Alder Many season workers move on from a season in the Alps to the real glamour job - working on a private yacht.

This type of work can take you all over the world and can pay *very* well. If you're interested in working on a yacht, then read this case study on Chris Alder, now employed on Jacques Villeneuve's private yacht.

Case Study - Chris Alder

Chris is in the middle of his fifth season in the Alps. Although not a fully qualified chef, he cooked in restaurants for several years before he landing a job as chalet host with Crystal Holidays. Now he works as a chef with Chamonix specialists, Collineige (a job, incidentally, he found through Natives while on holiday in Bolivia!).

At the end of last season, Chris headed to Antibes. Thanks to his experience and a lot of luck, he soon found himself on an £11.5m yacht moored in Cannes, cooking for up to 14 guests and seven crew.

This is not a job for the faint-hearted. 'Supper can stretch to eight or even ten courses and when the owner was on board we worked 14-hour days for six weeks solid!', Chris told Natives. Unlike working in ski resorts, the food budget was unlimited, and the wages are 'double what I'd get as a head chef in London', all tax-free.

So how do you get this sort of job?

Firstly, you need to have the quality. Get experience as a restaurant or chalet chef where you have to organise everything yourself.

You need to be a team player as you're working (and living) in very cramped quarters and are expected to produce first class food all the time.


Head to Antibes...

If you think you fit the bill, you can then head down to Antibes in the South of France at the end of the season. Make sure you take your CV and references with you and be prepared to work hard to get a job. The town is packed full of people looking for work and you need luck and somewhere to stay while you job search.

Our second case study has more advice on where to go to find work and tips to find it.

...or let Natives find a job for you in advance

If you feel you have the 5 star cheffing quality required to work on a yacht, please email us your CV [between the months of March to May only] and we will try to match you to a suitable job.

We have excellent relationships with a number of agencies and captains and can arrange for the right candidates to go straight to interview, increasing your chances of finding the right job fast.

Apply at Boats and Outboards
Alternatively there are a wide range of positions available at the Boats and Outboards website and lots more advice available on its yacht crew forum.

Case Study 2 - Tim Chamberlain and Katie Matthews

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