Chef Jobs on Cruise Liners
One of the most exciting places to work as an executive chef, sous chef, chef de partie, first cook, or cook trainee among other jobs, is on a cruise liner travelling all over the world.
Executive Chef: The executive chef is the head of the galley and must have extensive restaurants or hotel chef experience. Most cruise liner companies only offer executive chef positions to chefs with more than 8 years in the industry in a subordinate position. The executive chef will be responsible for the entire galley staff, plan the food, and do quality control. You can earn between $ 4,300.00 and $ 5,200.00 per month as an executive chef on board a cruise liner.
Assistant Executive Chef or Sous Chef: The assistant executive chef or sous chef is the person in the galley that looks after the rest of the chefs and galley and also makes sure that the day to day running is smooth. The sous chef or assistant executive chef must have 4 to 5 years of cruise liner or restaurant experience and will also help the executive chef to plan meals, assist with quality control, and with the preparation. An assistant executive chef can expect to earn about $3,500.00 to $4,100.00 per month and the sous chef will also be considered for promotion to executive chef.
Chef de Partie: The chef de partie is also in the position of being promoted to executive chef, and must also have 4 to 5 years of experience in the relevant fields. The chef de partie is in charge of preparing all of the sauces and gourmet cuisine in the galley, and also manages the food displays and buffets in the restaurants.
First Cook: As the first cook in the galley of a cruise ship you will oversee the bakers and pastry chefs and also manage the second cook and third cook. You report directly to the executive chef and can be promoted to assistant executive chef. The first cook must have 2 to 3 years of experience on board in a subordinate position. Your monthly salary as first cook will be between $1,900.00 and $2,200.00.
Second Cook and Third Cook: The second cook will be directly under the first cook as will the third cook. You have the responsibility of supervising the bakers and pastry chefs, and you must also take direction from the first cook and executive chef regarding your food preparation and cooking tasks. You will earn between $1,400.00 and $1,600.00 per month and have the opportunity to be promoted to first cook.
Cook Trainee: The cook trainee is the starting position for many chefs to the cruise liner industry and you must have some experience in restaurants or hotels. You will earn about $700.00 per month and can be promoted to third chef or second chef. The cook trainee will take cooking and preparation directions from the first cook.
Baker Jobs: Bakers have various tasks in the galley and you can work as a baker supervisor, assistant baker supervisor, baker, or baker trainee. You are responsible for baking all of the good on board and as the baker supervisor you must have more than 3 years of experience in the hospitality field. The baker supervisor is responsible for the preparation and baking of all foods in the cold galley and will report and take orders from the executive chef. The baker supervisor will earn a salary of around $1,800.00 to $2,300.00 per month, with the other bakers earning from $1,900.00 to $900.00 per month.
Pastry Chefs: The pastry chefs also work in the cold galley preparing and making all of the desserts, pastries and tasty treats for the guests. The pastry chef supervisor is the head of the pastry chef section and will be in charge of the pastry preparation, production, and all pastry staff. The next cruise liner job in the pastry section is the assistant pastry chef supervisor, pastry man, and finally pastry trainee. These jobs will all involve making and preparing the pastries and all pastry staff will report to the pastry chef supervisor. You will make between $1,900.00 and $2,300.00 per month as a pastry chef supervisor and the other pastry chef positions will offer salaries of $2,100.00 to about $800.00 as the pastry trainee.
Crew Cooks: The crew cook makes all the food that is eaten by the crew. There are various crew cook jobs like crew cook, crew cook assistant and crew cook trainee. You will report and take orders from the First Cook and must have at previous hotel or restaurant industry experience. You can earn between $600.00 and $900.00 per month and there are strong possibilities of being promoted to third cook or second cook.
Other Cruise Liner Galley Jobs: There are lots of other galley positions available that require chefs, cooks or people will a food background, knowledge and passion. You can start off in the cruise line industry as a provision master or storekeeper collecting and keeping tabs on the supplies and ingredients on board. The provision master or storekeeper must have a food and beverage background and will take directions from the executive chef. The provision master or storekeeper must also have accounting knowledge. The crew messman or crew cook utility does not require you to have any experience and is a great place to start if you want to travel the world and also start to gain experience in the kitchen. You will be responsible for cleaning and general maintenance and will be directed by the first cook. You can earn about $600.00 to $900.00 per month.
These are just some of the top chef positions that you can get working as a chef or cook on board a cruise ship. It is a great opportunity to get promoted and gain valuable experience while traveling the world. Some cruise liners have many restaurants on board, which means that there are lots of jobs available all the time. If you are tired of working in a land based restaurant or resort or hotel, and want some adventure, then cruise liner chef jobs are just for you.