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One’s recruiting! Prince Charles seeks Royal masterchef for his trips north of the border

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall (Brian Lawless / PA Archive)
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall (Brian Lawless / PA Archive)

PRINCE Charles wants a travelling chef to accompany him on his trips north of the border with “a working knowledge of organic food”.

The heir to the throne’s annual review last week revealed that he employed “4.8” chefs and kitchen porters.

Now he wants a chef de partie who will provide staff meals “to the highest standard” and support the head chef with events catering.

Mainly based in London, the advert says the successful applicant will have to travel to other UK residences “as required”.

The prince is a frequent visitor to his home at Birkhall on the Balmoral Estate as well as Dumfries House in Ayrshire.

He also spends a week at the Castle of Mey in Caithness every August and also resides at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. The prince is a long-standing advocate of organic farming.

It is not clear from the advert if the new chef is replacing an existing member of staff or is an addition.

“The successful candidate will plan and prepare meals for London-based and travelling staff, operating from other UK residences as required,” says the job advert on the Clarence House website.

“They will assist with the planning and preparation of meals for events, formal dinners, canapé receptions and functions, and liaise with the head chef on menus and budgets.

“Applicants must have demonstrable experience of volume catering and working in a professional kitchen, alongside a recognised qualification from a cookery school or college.”

The advert continues:

“Candidates must have a pride and passion for the industry, as well as a good understanding and working knowledge of organic food, or an interest to learn.

“Experience of menu planning and working to a time schedule is essential, as is being able to demonstrate a flexible and pro-active approach and working well within a busy team environment.

“A full, valid UK driving licence is required.

“The successful candidate must have the ability to travel to, and work from, other residences across the UK.

“This role will involve evening and weekend working, on a rota basis.”

In 2014 a former personal chef to Prince Charles claimed that Palace officials were so paranoid he would be poisoned, a dedicated secret services agent was employed just to watch him in the kitchen.

Michelin Star chef Atul Kochhar claimed a personal minder watched his every move at close quarters.