Superyacht Chef Certification and Superyacht Chef Training.

Adapt your culinary talents to a Superyacht environment

superyacht chef Arnaud - read his review in the left column.Are you an already skilled Chef looking for additional training for a Superyacht Certification?

The Superyacht Crew Academy 3 day Superyacht Chef course includes the IYT Internationally recognised RIB tender driving certificate and a one day course on Chef's duties and responsibilities aboard a Superyacht. This course, plus the 5 day STCW95 course will give you the qualifications needed to use your chef qualifications aboard a Superyacht.

Qualified & experienced chefs come from all walks of life & from diverse backgrounds. Formal training & qualification is essential, not only as a chef, but also as a member of a superyacht crew. A chef aboard a superyacht is far more challenging than being a chef in land-based kitchens. It requires an aptitude for learning new produce, concepts & culinary variety.

A yacht chef must work alone unless fortunate enough to have a galley chef or sous chef onboard. Generally the chef is the source of the entire crews state of culinary satisfaction and contentedness…. as well as the owners, of course.

Yachting etiquette, hygiene and galley sanitation are essential elements of the chef superyacht training process. Provisioning is also vital be it in remote island areas where produce & some supplies are virtually impossible to procure or in a new country where ingredients are very different and come in packages that are unintelligible or unrecognisable.

A superyacht chef needs to be flexible, adaptable, creative, easy going & love the sea…and the motion that comes with it whilst under passage! The chef's understanding of the dietary needs, allergies & alternative eating habits of the crew, owners, and guests are of primary importance to a happy vessel.

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Chef's Introduction to Superyachts

Superyacht Chef’s Introduction to Yachting is a short course for chefs and cooks with existing restaurant and hotel backgrounds. The course will give you detailed training to adapt your culinary skills to chef/steward/ess positions on superyachts.

Your Trainer, Helga Kramer

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Hello, I am Helga Krammer, the instructor for the Chef courses at Superyacht Crew Academy.  I have been a successful chef aboard yachts worldwide over the past 9 years undertaking including several Atlantic crossings and enjoyable cruising seasons in the Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Caribbean, East & West Mediterranean, USA, New Zealand & Australia.

Whether you are a Chef on a large, high profile yacht or a cook on a smaller, less-formal yacht, you will need special skills for galley management, and menu planning, including preparation and planning for extended cruises, finding and buying supplies in foreign countries where the foods, labels and spoken language may present challenges, storing the supplies in the limited space available, and confidently preparing meals while at sea.

My job at the Superyacht Crew Academy is to show you how to meet these challenges. I look forward to helping you make the most of an exciting and rewarding career aboard superyachts.

The main features of our Chef's Introduction to Superyachts Courses

3 Day Chef's Basic Seamanship (including RIB Tender certificate)

Day 1 & 2 --The Superyacht Industry --

  • RIB small power boat theory
  • basic seamanship
  • practical assessment

Day 3 --Advanced galley management --

  • Daily routines & yard periods
  • Health, hygiene, rubbish disposal
  • Guest chef/cook versus crew cook
  • Provisioning and passage planning
  • Language recognition of produce
  • Loading and storage
  • International cuisine
  • Preference sheets and menu planning
  • Guest entertaining
  • Dietary requirements, cultural and allergies
  • Superyacht Chef tips

1 Day Advanced Galley Management

For those who already have background skills on small boats.

What other qualifications will I need?

Chefs also require STCW95 certification. Superyacht Crew Academy can assist with this requirement if you are not already qualified.

Where does the course take place?

The course is run from the Superyacht Crew Academy's modern new hospitality training annex at Warriewood NSW, 45mins North of Sydney’s CBD. To see a map of how to find us, CLICK HERE

How much does the course cost? -




We are able to offer you a special $100 savings if you book to take the STCW95 course at the same time you book the 3 day Chef. Just tick the "STCW95" reservation box in the sign up below. 

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1 Day Advanced Galley Management

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It is advisable to be covered by an insurance policy for the adventure sailing trips to safeguard yourself in the case of cancellation. A copy of the policy is to be forwarded to Club Sail.

Whilst every effort will be made by the Instructor to give the students/passengers maximum time on the sea, weather conditions may be such that, in the opinion of the Instructor, the yacht or crew may be in danger and in such circumstances the vessel will remain in a place of safety. If the weather conditions are such that a prevention of the start or curtailment of a course or sailing trip occurs then no refunds will be given but alternative dates will be offered.

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