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New regulations for Yacht Chefs

As from the 7th of August, 2014, the ‘ships cook certificate’ is now a requirement as part of the MLC 2006 (Maritime Labour Convention).
This is required by all chefs either:
a) Cooking for 10 or more crew
b) Working onboard yachts operating more than 60 miles from a safe haven.


Thanks to negotiations between the MCA & PYA, there are now solutions for all current yacht chefs.

These are the two possible options:
Should you be professionally trained as a chef (with a qualification recognised by the MCA) and have over one month’s experience working onboard a yacht, you can now apply directly to the MCA. In order to apply, all chefs should hold a valid STCW basic training certificate & ENG1.

Should you be a self-taught chef, with more than one year’s experience in the galley you are able to do a ships cook assessment. This will be 2.5 days in which your skills will be assessed, the full list of tested skills can be seen here.

We are on track to be the first yacht training provider able to offer this assessment in collaboration with Secrets de Cuisine! We will be running the first assessment in the week of the 18th of August in order to gain approval and have several spaces left.

For this pilot course, we will be offering a 50% discount from the normal price of €1250. This price includes all provisions and the examination fee. Contact us for more information!