Defending the skies of Britain and projecting Britain’s power and influence around the world. We identify and manage threats before they materialise through intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). We can rapidly deploy aircraft and personnel around the world to deter conflict and defeat our adversaries if necessary.



Job Summary:

As Assistant Chef in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA), you’ll be part of the team that provides healthy and nutritious meals for the ship’s company. Your hard work is what keeps them going, and vital operations on track.


  • Continue your professional cookery career by enhancing your use of a variety of ingredients and styles. You’ll work under the guidance of an experienced Head Chef, creating varied menus for the entire crew.
  • Outside of the galley, you’ll have crucial duties to perform as part of the ship’s company, including firefighting, first aid, and being a member of the damage control team.
  • Unlike most civilian chef roles, you’ll have real responsibility from the day you start, working in challenging environments all over the world. The ship’s galley is hot and hectic, so you’ll need to have a calm temperament at all times.
  • It’s your job to make the ship feel like a home from home for your crewmates. Many of them will be at sea for months at a time and will look forward to the food you cook, whether it’s Friday Fish, or dinner for a social event.


  • You’ll need to be aged 16, there’s no upper age limit
  • A current ENG1 medical certificate, unrestricted for worldwide sea service
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery, or MNTB Certificate of Competency to sail as Ship’s Cook
  • STCW95 Basic Safety Training
  • STCW10 Update Training in Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention
  • STCW10 Update Training in Personal Survival Techniques
  • Proof of recent sea experience aboard a Merchant Navy vessel, with at least 6 months of the last 36 months in the Galley
  • You must be a British or Irish national, a Commonwealth citizen, or a dual national
  • Pass the Naval Swimming Test
Skills and interests
  • A passion for cooking
  • Drive and enthusiasm
  • Great at working as part of a team
  • A sense of adventure


  • A starting salary of £27,000
  • Earned Voyage Leave (EVL) of 21 days for every month spent on board ship
  • Membership of a Civil Service Pension Scheme
  • World-class training
  • Potential to travel the world
Qualifications you’ll gain
  • Top-up your Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) certification portfolio
  • The ability to conduct a range of catering activities across the full spectrum of the Galley
Skills you’ll develop
  • A more in-depth knowledge of high-volume, high-pressure cooking
  • The ability to manage stores and ingredients, while creating interesting menus for a ship’s company




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