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Filled: Private Chef, Rancho Santa Fe, CA.

Updated: Jun 30, 2022

Location: Rancho Santa Fe. CA.

Type: Part-Time / Full-Time

Min. Experience: 15+ Years

Salary: $75k annually

Employment: W2

Accommodation: Live-out

Start Date: ASAP

Family dynamic: Mother, Father and daughter.


Handgraaf Estates is a privately held luxury company based in La Jolla, CA. that provides the highest level of Private Staffing and Estate Management. We tailor our service to the exact needs of every client and strive for nothing less but the highest level of service.



Family in Rancho Santa Fe is looking for classically French trained private chef to cook during the family’s dinner parties, events, and family dinners. The family often entertains during weekends, meaning the main work days will be Fri-Sat-Sun as well as (potential) two days during the week.

The ideal candidate has experience working in a Michelin star restaurant, is classically French trained, knows how to establish interesting and diverse menus and has extensive knowledge regarding formal etiquette.


  • Classically French trained

  • Able to perfectly cook a large variation of cuisines.

  • Can cook for large parties (30+ people)

  • Understand, manage, and execute all aspects of food sourcing, menu development, and preparation.

  • Resourceful in understanding that menus must be tailored to specific dietary needs.

  • Presentation is an important component of the meal and should be of world-class quality.

  • Produce and maintain the highest food quality and operating procedures.

  • Assure the highest health, hygiene, sanitation, safety, and food storage standards.

  • Shop, order, and acquire food needed for the meal.

  • Bakery skills to include fresh bread, cakes, and desserts.

  • Excellent communication skills, positive attitude, accept direction and deliver the highest standards to meet the principal’s needs.

  • Low ego and be open to all feedback and improvements.

  • Ability to remain in a stationary position for up to 3 hours at a time.

  • Ability to move about the workplace efficiently with care and consideration to noise and spatial awareness.

  • Ability to distinguish, with a degree of accuracy, the differences or similarities in intensity and quality of flavors or aromas.

  • Has a diverse experience with a variety of food styles.

  • A passion to produce consistently the highest level of personal professional service.

  • Able to cook for both large and small groups of guests.

  • Genuine communication style that is respectful, effective, formal, and sincere.

  • Takes ownership, shows commitment, is responsible and can provide solutions.

  • Reliable, on time and able to meet deadlines.

  • Results-oriented, able to meet and exceed goals and expectations.


  • Able to cook for large groups of people

  • Minimum of 15+ years Chef experience & a Culinary Degree from a 4-year accredited college.

  • Knowledge of California sanitation regulations.

  • Ability to demonstrate quick thinking and adaptability in a constantly changing environment.

  • Ability to grab, reach, push, pull, bend, stoop, kneel and crouch in order to retrieve and/or replenish merchandise and/or cooking equipment.

  • Ability to use hands to seize, hold, grasp, turn, or otherwise, in order to chop, whisk, slice, stir, juice and/or other techniques.

  • Ability to lift and/or move kitchen equipment weighing up to 40 lbs.

  • Environmental conditions: working with an open flame and/or other heating units, and exposure to variation in kitchen temperatures.

  • Driver’s license with a clean driving record.

  • Must pass extensive background and credit checks.

  • Must be able to legally work in the USA.

  • Must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated


Principal’s First

Ability to stay focused on meeting and exceeding the Principal’s needs.

● Learn from mistakes

Able to admit mistakes upfront and seeks the truth. Learns and grows from mistakes. Makes thoughtful choices and provides solutions to avoid future mistakes.

● Conscientious

Finishes duties mindfully, effectively, and promptly.

● Dedication

Shows a deep commitment to the role and people.

● Accountable

Takes ownership of tasks and time for due diligence.

● Independent

Thinks, acts, and finds solutions independently.

● Resilience

Does not complain or shy away from assigned work. Confronts difficulties with a positive outlook.

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