- Buckingham Palace is hiring a pastry chef.
The role offers a ton of perks including live-in
accommodation and 33 days of annual leave.
There’s one bizarre detail, though. You need to have
“good IT skills,”
the listing says.
Do you love the royal family? Do you also love baking?
If so, your dream job is ripe for the taking — as long as you can
work your way around a computer.
Buckingham Palace is currently looking to hire a pastry chef,
according to the official
royal household website. There’s just one small, strange
detail, though — the role requires “good IT skills.”
Applicants must be “a highly qualified and skilled Pastry Chef,
with experience at a senior level from a fine dining or five-star
catering operation,” the description states.
“It’s essential that you can plan, organise and delegate
effectively, as you and your team will be delivering for varied
occasions, across several sites.
“It’s also important that you can follow all legislative
requirements, and have good IT skills.”
It’s not entirely clear from the job listing why a pastry chef
would need to be computer-savvy, but brushing up on your IT may
be worth it for the chance of baking for Her Majesty.
Furthermore, while the salary is simply listed as “competitive,”
the role offers the option of live-in accommodation and all your
meals provided. Employees also receive an enviable 15% employer
contribution pension scheme and 33 days of annual holiday.
“It’s developing your leadership skills. And it’s delivering
extraordinary service, in incredible surroundings. This is what
makes a career at the Royal Household so different,” the website
As well as Her Majesty and her esteemed guests, chefs might find
themselves cooking for the Queen’s furry companions.
Former chef for the royal family
Darren McGrady wrote that the Queen always took scones at
afternoon tea but never ate them. “Instead, at the end of her
daily tea, the Queen would take a scone and crumble it on the
floor for the corgis,” he wrote. “It seems the dogs quite liked