Going on holiday is about recharging your batteries, relaxing, catching up with friends and family and spending your days doing what you enjoy.

If that means being in the kitchen peeling potatoes and chopping onions and peppers for hours, then crack on. This article isn’t for you. You may not want to spend time with the rest of the group.

hiring a chef in group accommodation

But if you’d rather stick pins in your eyes than shell peas and butter bread for the family’s lunch for an hour every morning, then you’re going to love the freedom that having your own cook brings for your next large group holiday.

Hiring a chef is no longer something for the rich and famous. It’s more affordable than you think.

And it leaves you the chance to join your friends or family in the pool, sitting on the patio in the sunshine or going to the beach.

What does a hired cook do on a large group holiday?

Many private chefs are trained by the best catering establishments in the world and have learned the art of discretion. Apart from the mouth-watering smells coming from the kitchen and the resulting dishes that feed the group, you’ll barely know they’re there.

messy kitchen

Want someone else to take care of this? A hired cook has your back

They will stay in the house during your holiday (or in accommodation on the estate), they will buy all the ingredients for as many meals as you’d like, prepare the meals, lay the table and serve all of your meals.

They can prepare a formal meal to be served in the main dining room or lay on a buffet breakfast or more relaxed evening meal – it’s entirely up to you.

They will also clear away and wash the dishes so all you need to do is show up at the table, sit down, eat your meal, and leave. Paradise.

Who buys the food when you hire a chef?

Your cook can source all the ingredients (in discussion with you) for your meals during your stay. They shop for the food and organise delivery, with the cost of the food added to their bill.

What types of food will the cook serve?

salmon cooking

Tell your cook what types of food you and your guests want and they will prepare dishes you’ll all enjoy

The easy answer is “Whatever you want”.

Your chef will talk to you in advance to find out what the group would like and what types of food to serve, whether you’re after gourmet cuisine made using the finest ingredients or affordable everyday family favourites that even the youngest members of the group will love.

How do I hire a cook for my group accommodation?

Talk to your holiday company and they will be able to put you in touch with a chef. At Scotts Castle Holidays we have a list of people all over the world who we know deliver the best service and the best food for large family groups, without breaking a sweat.

How much does it cost to hire a chef for my group holiday?

To hire a cook for your next family holiday is surprisingly affordable.

How much is it worth to you to know breakfast, lunch and dinner are taken care of? From buying the ingredients to preparing, cooking and serving delicious meals that the whole group will love? Many in-house cooks charge around £1000 a week – for a party of 20, this is incredibly cost-effective.

Read more on hiring a cook for your next large group holiday here.