It goes without saying that a yacht jobs are not without their difficulties. But a career as a superyacht chef may be one of the routes with the most amount of pressure in the yacht crew industry. Each and every dish that leaves the galley must look and taste absolutely perfect. There is no time for complacency, no room for slacking, and definitely no space for carelessness. Yacht chefs are expected to be innovators, experimentalists, and creators. They must remember preferences, allergies, and dislikes. There is no respite from the continual need for top quality service. Superyacht chefs must be versatile, dedicated, and calm. It is no surprise, then, that superyacht chefs often come with previous experience in luxury establishments on land – whether Michelin-starred restaurants or 5-star hotels.
Yachting engineers have recently faced a dilemma: should they continue down the traditional yachting route or try the new Small Vessels engineering certificate, which will be offered from September 2017.
My name is Michael Wilshaw and I have been a professional chef for nearly two decades. At the end of the Mediterranean season, after a busy summer at sea, Helen at YPI CREW asked me if I was interested in going on a three-day course, or ‘formation’, at the Ducasse Education Training Centre near Paris. I jumped at the chance, booked myself a hotel, organised my flights and three weeks later I was honing my skills the Alain Ducasse way! This is a brief account of my experience there.
Whether on watch or on shore leave, yacht crew jobs on a luxury vessel never allow for a dull moment. Throughout the peak season, you’re guaranteed to be busy: occupied from the moment the sun rises until calmness descends with the strike of midnight (and possibly beyond!). Valuable time off will be spent exploring exotic locations, making lifelong friends, and wondering what’s next on the exhilarating itinerary. No two days are the same at sea – and nor would you want them to be, such is the thrill of what tomorrow may bring.
When The Crew Report asked me to write about whether owners and captains focus on the wrong requirements when hiring crew, I hesitated before accepting as it’s quite a loaded topic for a recruiter in a niche market.
While many watersports instructors have professional aspirations to work on a luxury superyacht, few pursue their dreams because they lack experience, knowledge and opportunity. Few realise that it is possible for qualified kitesurfing instructors – and other watersports instructors – to not only travel the world on a luxury superyacht, sharing their passion, but to forge a successful career doing what they love.
Laurence Lewis looks at how technology can aid the recruitment process and also how it will never truly replace the real life recruitment consultant.
Helen from YPI CREW spoke to Yacht Chef Eduardo Salvador, who recently completed a two-week Ducasse Education course, to find out more about his experience and to discover what makes Ducasse Education one of the most renowned culinary schools in the world.
Joining YPI CREW in 2009, Swedish-born Ulrica Lindström quickly became an integral member of the YPI CREW team, recruiting the industry's finest candidates to Captain and deck department roles. Her encyclopaedic knowledge of the yachting industry enables her to make the perfect match between qualified candidates and yacht crew positions. She values a personable approach in the process of yacht crew recruitment, which has helped her to establish an extensive network of contacts within the industry.