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Working on Private Yachts

by Iain Martin,

After a ski season, many workers move on from their winter in the Alps to the real glamour job - working on a private yacht. This type of work can take you all over the world and can pay *very* well. If you're interested in working on a yacht, then read this case study on Chris Alder, now employed on Jacques Villeneuve's private yacht.

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Case Study - Chris Alder
Chris is in the middle of his fifth season in the Alps. Although not a fully qualified chef, he cooked in restaurants for several years before landing a job as chalet host with Crystal Holidays. Now he works as a chef with Chamonix specialists, Collineige (a job, incidentally, he found through while on holiday in Bolivia!).

At the end of last season, Chris headed to Antibes. Thanks to his experience and a lot of luck, he soon found himself on an £11.5m yacht moored in Cannes, cooking for up to 14 guests and seven crew. 

This is not a job for the faint-hearted. 'Supper can stretch to eight or even ten courses and when the owner was on board we worked 14-hour days for six weeks solid!', Chris told Natives. Unlike working in ski resorts, the food budget was unlimited, and the wages are 'double what I'd get as a head chef in London', all tax-free.

So how do you get this sort of job?
Firstly, you need to have the quality. The standards are very high. Get experience as a restaurant or chalet chef where you have to organise everything yourself. You need to be a team player as you're working (and living) in very cramped quarters and are expected to produce first class food all the time.

Head to Antibes...
If you think you fit the bill, you can then head down to Antibes in the South of France at the end of the season. Make sure you take your CV and references with you and be prepared to work hard to get a job. The town is packed full of people looking for work and you need luck and somewhere to stay while you job search.

...or let Natives find a job for you in advance
Alternatively email us ( your CV and we will match you to a suitable job before the season has finished. We have excellent relationships with a number of agencies and captains and can arrange for the right candidates to go straight to interview, increasing your chances of finding the right job fast. Please note that demand for these jobs is high and only those with experience and qualifications will stand a chance of landing as good a job as Chris.

Should you have any questions about working on yachts please call Iain Martin from on 01273 837745.

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