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Chief Chef / Cook – Training Ship Royalist – Marine Society & Sea Cadets

TS Royalist, Marine Society & Sea Cadets

Chef / Cook – Training Ship Royalist

Location: Operating from Gosport, but sailing around the UK and near-continent

Contract: Full Time, Permanent

Salary: £27,000 gross per annum

Are you someone with catering experience who is looking for a unique offshore experience?

The Marine Society & Sea Cadets (MSSC) is a vibrant and growing charity delivering life changing nautical adventure for young people through the Sea Cadets to give them the best possible head start in life. We also provide personal and professional development opportunities for seafarers with the Marine Society. Working with our staff, cadets, and volunteers, we have built a vision and five-year strategy to take us forward and further improve the astounding contribution already made through our work to the lives of thousands of young people and seafarers, while fully supporting our volunteers who are vital to our success.

We are currently looking for a Chief Cook to join our team.

About the role

We are seeking to appoint a Chief/Sole Cook to our 32 metre Flagship, TS Royalist, which operates out from Gosport, in Hampshire.  The vessel undertakes 6-day voyages around the coastal waters of the UK and near continent for up to 24 Cadets (aged from between 12-18 years of age).  Applicants should have the requisite experience and ability to cook for up to 34 embarked crew, together with the ability of managing food ordering and management of food stores.  The position will work closely with the vessel’s Coxswain, to assist with Cadet administration, morale, safeguarding, welfare and discipline.

Catering experience and knowledge of working with young people are essential requirements for the role, as well as qualifications in food hygiene and first aid.  Good communication skills and a high level of emotional intelligence will also be required.

Applicants should also either hold a current Seafarer Medical Certificate or be willing to obtain one.  The ability to work effectively with young people as well as the permanent and relief crew members is essential. Ship system familiarisation, child safeguarding and any necessary sea safety course training will be given to the successful applicant.

The particular demands of seagoing employment requires the incumbent to be available for duty for prolonged periods and working hours necessarily need to be very flexible.  Although overtime will not be recognised, the working and rest hours for the role will be within the confines of the terms of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006.  The uncertain nature of the working hours are recognised by the holiday arrangements afforded.

For an informal discussion about the role of Chief Cook role on board our power vessels, please contact MSSC’s Offshore Office on 07798675147.

Applications should consist of a completed application form and equal opportunities monitoring form, both available from the website. You may submit your CV in support of your application, but the appropriate application form must be completed if you wish to be considered for these roles.


  • To plan menus and order victualing supplies in order to provide the cadets and adult staff with a well-balanced and nutritious diet (taking into account specialist diets and allergies).
  • The preparation and cooking of food.
  • To have custody and control of onboard stocks of food supplies.
  • To organise and run arrangements for serving of food, preparation and clearing away of dining areas, the ship’s galley and pantry.  This will involve close supervision of cadets as they undertake domestic mess duties.
  • Maintain appropriate records of food items (fridge temperatures, food delivery checks).
  • To operate and oversee a structured deep cleaning routine for all areas that fall under the responsibility of the Chief Cook, especially the Galley, Pantry, food stores and other associated catering spaces. 
  • To assist in the cleaning stations below decks, in conjunction with the vessel’s Coxswain.
  • To form part of the Ship’s emergency response team.
  • To assist with the completion of joining/leaving paperwork for visiting personnel.
  • To assist with the maintenance of cadet discipline on board.
  • To look after the welfare, safeguarding and pastoral needs of the cadet crew.
  • To assist with husbandry and other general maintenance tasks.


  • Cooking and Catering experience.
  • Experience planning menus, ordering and managing food supplies and working within meal budgets.
  • Experience of working with young people.
  • Experience or working with volunteers.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Administration experience.
  • ENG1 or ML5 medical certification, or ability and willingness to obtain.
  • Current Basic Food Hygiene Certificate.
  • Current First Aid Certificate.
  • Desirable if candidate has experience of catering in a maritime environment.

For further information, please download the Recruitment Pack.


  • 104 days annual leave per annum, 84 individual days during the sailing season (this runs from 1 Mar – 30 Nov each year) and 20 working days during the winter refit period (1 Dec – 28 Feb).
  • Life assurance (4x salary) for those that join the charity’s pension scheme.
  • Private medical insurance.
  • Pension (employer contribution up to 10%).
  • Wellbeing portal and EAP with 121 counselling.
  • Employee development: We are investing in our employees’ development and have an annual calendar of learning and development opportunities, designed to support employees to develop into their roles and stretch them to achieve their full potential.
  • National staff conference: All employees come together once a year to reflect on the past year and celebrate success a tour offsite staff conference. This is a great opportunity to listen to employees’ views, and for employees to network, share information and socialise.

If you are interested in this unique and highly rewarding Chief Cook vacancy, please apply here Chief Chef / Cook – Training Ship Royalist – MSSC (

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