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Yacht Cookery

Have you always pictured yourself working in the Mediterranean or Caribbean? If your goal is working as a yacht chef, then our four week cookery course will equip you with the skills and techniques you will need in order to face the challenges of working and cooking aboard a variety of yachts and super yachts.

During the cookery course you will develop a solid working knowledge of cookery techniques from basic through to advanced skills. Working on board a yacht will require you to be a good planner and organiser; to be imaginative, creative and capable of improvising especially when owners plans change or the weather deteriorates. As you learn how to respond by using time-saving cooking methods and workarounds, you will become more confident and effective. Take a look at our student feedback to see how others have benefited from our course.

A yacht galley chef will be expected to cater for the yacht owner and guests plus crew during cruises to a variety of exotic locations. Menus will need to exciting and varied but also take account of the dietary needs of those on board. You will also have to ensure all relevant food supplies and ingredients are aboard before your yacht leaves port.

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Yacht cookery is often carried out within limited work space. We teach you how to develop planning and preparation skills. Yachts may come with varying cooking facilities so you will find our professionally equipped kitchen will give you the chance to try out and use a wide variety of kitchen equipment. Be sure to view our virtual tour of our fully equipped kitchen.

 If I had to sum up my 4 weeks in one word it would be ‘inspirational'. Bridget F 

We cover dining etiquette including formal and informal table laying and we also teach kitchen management, organisation and food hygiene. We also include a session on how to match food with wine. These skills will be particularly useful if like some of our former students you find yourself working on a yacht owned by a millionaire or a royal family. We are a Royal Society for Public Health registered training and examination centre for the Foundation Certificate in Food Hygiene, which you will undertake whilst on the course.

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The four week cookery course syllabus also includes budgeting and stock control, client liaison including handling complaints, and housekeeping skills such as cleaning and bed making are also covered where required.

Course fees include accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner. You do not need to bring any special cookery equipment, you will be provided with everything you need to enable effective learning. This includes a well researched and presented 500 page course book (yours to keep and make notes in). Past students affectionately call it their bible!

Finally, we offer our students free use of a nearby luxurious four star sport and fitness centre (including pool) at Tortworth Court ( http://www.four-pillars.co.uk/Tortworth/lclub.html)



Our approach to your Cookery Training

The Gables School of Cookery has an excellent teacher/student ratio, with one to one help for students experiencing difficulty.  We are a small personal school and get to know our students well. We help students on the cookery courses with development of their CV’s and discuss career options. We also provide follow up support once students have left our cookery school, offering advice and help with job seeking and circulating incoming vacancies.

Our students develop good practical cookery skills, which they can apply confidently in a range of environments.  In addition to clear practical tuition we provide close support with the development of their cooking skills to the standard that you would expect to find in a good restaurant.

Our four week cookery courses are multi-disciplinary and typically have a mixture of yacht, ski chalet, gap year, people wanting to work in hotels/restaurants and those planning to run their own catering businesses. The beauty of this arrangement is that you will be exposed to a wide range of influences.

You may well come on a course intending to work in ski chalet cookery and end up going into yacht cookery.

In addition to teaching you to cook to a very high standard, the four week cookery course also offers an invaluable way to re-assess your career or business plans. We help students on our cookery courses with development of their CV’s and discuss career options, offering Myers Briggs assessments for those looking for help with planning or changing their careers. We are always happy to provide follow up support once students have left our cookery school, offering advice and help with job seeking and circulating incoming vacancies.


 I just very successfully finished my luxury charter as chef on board a motoryacht. I had to cook for kosher people (luckily not
too very strict, in regards of using pan, pots and plates...). Been cooking up a storm, breakfast lunch and five course dinners!
They loved it! Me too! Thank you so much for being my back bone! I have to admit, that I was pretty nervous before the charter.
This people pay a lot of cash and have high demands. But I was very well organized and always prep the food/ingredients well!
Thanks again!. Gabriela A - France 


 I came to the course with a few years of yacht cooking experience but now I
can provide more upscale cuisine and presentation. Not only did I learn quite a
bit, but I had a great time in the process. Anna K - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA 


 I wanted to say BIIIIIG Thank You for great four weeks I've had in your school. I have learned a lot and enjoyed every minute of it.
You guys were very caring and I really like the variety of different teaching techniques you provide. Each of you taught us
a lot and I think learning based on practice is the best way to go. Thanks All of you again.!!!
Sorry, I didn't have time write you earlier. I was very busy with organizing my work.I'm in Turkey at the moment working on a yacht
called Capri as a Sous Chef.It is very very busy and I'm glad I can use everything what I've learned at your cookery course.It's great
to have a little base I can build on. I'll keep you posted with my little travels. - Zuzana




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