Adapt your culinary talents to a Superyacht environment. Successful completion of this course will allow you to work as a chef on superyachts of any size anywhere in the world.

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Yacht Chef Workshop

A private four day workshop designed to qualify an experienced Chef as a Yacht Chef. The course includes the Internationally recognised IYT RIB tender driving certificate and a one day mentoring on Chef's duties and responsibilities aboard a Superyacht. This course, plus the 6 day STCW95+10 course will give you the qualifications needed to use your chef qualifications aboard a Superyacht.

Chefs aboard Superyachts will be cooking for a very exclusive and sophisticated table. 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 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.

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.

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.

The Superyacht Crew Academy instructors will show you how to meet these challenges and we 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

4 Day Chef & Basic Seamanship (including Small Power Boat & RIB Tender certificate)

3 Day Basic Seamanship --The Superyacht Industry --

  • Small Powerboat & RIB Master Theory & Practical assessment

1 Day Chef --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 Chef (Advanced Galley Management)

For those who already have background skills on small boats and do not require the Small Powerboat & RIB Master certificate.

What other qualifications will I need?

Chefs also require STCW95+10 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 our Marina Office in Newport NSW Australia and the Superyacht Crew Academy Training Facility at 8 Kalinya Street, Newport. The facilities are a 45min drive North of Sydney’s CBD. To see a map of how to find us, CLICK HERE

How much does the course cost?

1 DAY CHEF - $485

4 DAY CHEF, including SPB & RIB - $1,185

STCW 95+10 PACKAGE OFFER – save $100 if you book the STCW95+10 course at the same time you book the 4 Day Chef course.


The 4 day chef course is normally held Monday – Thursday. The 1 day chef/advanced galley management course is co-ordinated by appointment, however the 3 day Small Powerboat & RIB Master courses are permanently scheduled Monday-Wednesday, dates can be seen below. Dates for the 1 day chef course can be co-ordinated around these SPB & RIB Master course dates. Please complete the booking form below to submit your preferred course dates.

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