Becoming a Town + Country Chef
If you have significant professional experience as a Chef in a private residence, we’d love to hear from you! Town + Country represents the best Chefs in the business. We will take the time to understand you and your unique strengths so we can present you in your best light to our clients.
Town + Country is the Bay Area’s most established and largest staffing agency. Most of our clients are repeat customers or referrals from their family and friends. Because of these long-standing relationships we are able to provide you with access to the best jobs in the Bay Area.
Our clients come to us seeking the best Chefs in the Bay Area – and we deliver. Most of our clients want Chefs with several years of professional, in-home experience. For most assignments, qualified candidates will have been in a similar position for at least two to three years, although we do occasionally have unique positions with varying requirements for experience or education. In any case, it’s best if your experience is recent.
We always contact every previous employer to check your references and make sure that all previous employers are able to provide an excellent reference before recommending you to our clients. Also, we conduct thorough background checks prior to our final placements to make sure that everyone feels safe as they enter into a very important relationship.
Finally, Town + Country is here to make the right match. Every family is different and each Chef brings a unique combination of strengths, skills and experiences. We’re here to make sure that every match we make is rewarding for both our clients and our Chefs.
Chefs, also called Private Chefs, can provide a variety of meals requested by an employer, from a casual dinner for the family to gourmet meals prepared for formal entertaining. Many chefs have formal training and degrees from well-known culinary schools.
The duties of a Chef may include:
- Managing the operation of the kitchen
- Planning and presenting menus
- Accommodating special dietary needs
- Grocery and market shopping
- Preparing a variety of meals
- Preparing, overseeing or assisting with food for special functions and events
- Serving meals or overseeing other staff members who serve meals
- Keeping the kitchen stocked and organized
Compensation for a Chef is usually based on two factors: the amount of experience you bring to the position and the duties included in the job description.
Full-time Chefs typically earn $35 to $55 per hour.
For full-time Chefs, some families provide benefits that may include:
- Paid sick days
- Paid vacation
- Paid holidays
- Medical insurance
What candidates, clients and staff are saying
“Town + Country provides such great service pairing service professionals with families. Thank you for all your help!” —Joel
“Walter is amazing! Guests are raving about him. Our last menu was unique, carefully thought out and just delicious. We are foodies so have high standards yet the dinner was among the very best I’ve ever had.” —Jocelyn, San Francisco
“A Chef from Town + Country makes our Client’s lives so much better! If you have significant experience as a Chef in a private home and are looking for your next position, I’d like to talk to you.” —Nancy McIlvaine, Town + Country Resources