The Queen's hiring a chef - but the salary's way under the UK average

Danielle Stacey
Royal Correspondent
The Queen visited a replica of an original Sainsbury's store. [Photo: PA]

The Queen is hiring a new chef at Buckingham Palace - and the salary is just £22,076.04 a year.

That’s around £7.5k less than the average annual wage in the UK, which in 2018 was £29,500, according to the Office for National Statistics.

But there are some added perks to the royal job.

As per the advertisement on the royal household’s website, the person who successfully fills the role of Demi Chef de Partie, will get a package that includes 15% employer contribution pension scheme plus benefits.

The position also offers live-in accommodation with meals provided.

Imagine sending out those ‘new home’ announcements with Buckingham Palace listed as your address?

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The position offers accommodation at Buckingham Palace. [Photo: PA]

A Demi Chef de Partie assists the Chef de Partie, who oversees a particular section of the kitchen.

As outlined on the advert, the royal household are looking for “an ambitious and qualified chef.”

The job specification continues: “Attention to detail is vital too, as is your ability to meet deadlines and make sure food is delivered on time.

“Most importantly though, you have a clear passion for food and the catering industry, and will be eager to learn new skills.”

While it doesn’t say specifically who the new recruit will be cooking for, the person will be based in London and the five-days-a-week role “will involve travelling to other Royal residences.”

The Queen’s former royal chef Darren McGrady recently revealed Her Majesty’s favourite dishes to Hello! magazine.

He said that she is “absolutely a chocoholic,” and Gaelic steak and fillet steak with mushroom whisky sauce were among her preferred main courses.