European Waterways is a hotel-barge company which offers luxury cruises. Our hotel-barge cruising on the different French canals, especially on the Canal de Bourgogne, the Canal de Nivernais, the Canal du Midi and the Canal de la Marne au Rhin.
We are the owner and operator of 10 barges measuring from 30m to 39m. These barges are composed of a crew on board of 4 to 6 people to accommodate 8 or 12 guests maximum, depending on the size of the barge. The crew on board including, at least, a pilot/captain, a tour guide/deckhand, a chef and a host.
Our tourist activity is seasonal and runs from April to the end of October. We are looking for Chef, under seasonal definite contract.
The chef main task is to organize and coordinate all the activities related to the preparation of a menu. He is responsible of the provision of quality meals and his cooking is the key to an exceptional stay for guests.
The different missions of the position are :
- Preparation of all meals on board:
Breakfast: The chef prepares hot options as well as any hot preparation requests from guests
Lunch and dinner: The chef must prepare a starter, a main course, as well as the cheese-dessert part. He can set up a buffet to replace the main course at lunch.
Aperitifs: Before each dinner, the chef must prepare canapés and aperitifs for the guests.
The chef must establish balanced menus, based on fresh, local and seasonal products (no frozen dishes, preparations already made, cans…) He must establish French gourmet menus with one or two specialties of the region per week. A weekly budget is allocated per client for the establishment of his menus.
He must also be able to integrate the dietary preferences and restrictions and allergies of the guests they will receive two weeks before their arrival.
In addition to meals for our passengers, the chef must also cook for our crew.
- Inventory :
The chef is responsible for managing the stocks of foodstuffs on board. He restocks twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, in order to have the ability to make his menus throughout the week.
He must therefore hold a driving licence and be sufficiently prepared to plan the volume of food needed on board while avoiding food waste as much as possible.
- Hygiene and HACCP :
The chef must obviously respect the standards of hygiene, traceability of the products and check the temperatures of the refrigerators. The chef will make sure to the permanent cleanliness of the kitchen. Indeed, guests can come to the kitchen at any time in case of special request to the chef and some boats are equipped with an open kitchen.
- Interaction with guests :
The chef must present his meals throughout the week and interact with passengers to identify their needs.
We offer to guests to carry out if they want a cooking class, once a week. The chef may be required to give a cooking class to our guests if they request it.
What is required?
- Having previous hospitality experience in the luxury sector, you will have an engaging personality, good organizational skills and be a proven team player.
- You are EU resident or hold authorization to work in France.
What do you get?
- Post fed and housed.
- Salary according to experience from €3300,- gross monthly.
- Accommodation – personal cabin / Meals and Beverages / Uniform / Social security coverage.
Are you excited about this job opportunity? Apply today by clicking on the green “apply now” button!