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Full time chef 

Deadline for application: February 28th 2023 (extended)

The Embassy of Denmark is looking for a competent, creative and service-minded chef to work full time at the Residence of the Danish Ambassador in Washington DC.

The Residence hosts representative events including breakfasts, lunches, dinners and receptions for politicians, companies and other high level contacts. The Residence is also venue for cultural events to promote Danish design, music, art and architecture.

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • Running the kitchen in the Residence.
  • Preparation of menus, shopping, cooking and baking for events in the Residence.
  • Arranging for additional assistance from waiters etc. if needed.
  • Budget and bookkeeping for the provision of food in cooperation with the Ambassador’s PA.
  • Responsible for maintaining the Residence kitchen in a sanitary excellent condition.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Working hours will be flexible depending on activities in the Residence and Embassy and will include working during evenings.

Required qualifications

  • Documented experience as a chef is required. Experience running a kitchen would be preferred, incl. manage the provision of food items.
  • Previous Embassy Residence employment is an advantage, but not essential.
  • An approachable personality and good communication skills are essential.
  • Must be flexible with working hours.
  • Knowledge and experience with Danish or Nordic Cuisine is an advantage but not a requirement.
  • Good English skills required.

We offer 

  • An exciting, inter-cultural and dynamic work environment with a wide range of diverse tasks. 
  • Great colleagues and a Scandinavian work environment where we practice freedom under responsibility.

Employment conditions

  • You will be offered full time employment for 3 years with the possibility of extension on a local contract. Initial probationary period of 3 months.
  • Your standard working hours will be 37 hours per week whereof approx. 10 hours a week will be between 5.00pm and 10.00pm (working hours according to activities in the Residence and Embassy).
  • You will be entitled to 25 days of paid vacation per year.
  • Your salary will reflect your qualifications, relevant experience and proven work-related results.
  • Attractive health insurance.
  • Benefits and other conditions will be based on the Embassy’s Staff Handbook.
  • Accommodation will not be offered. 

Application and recruitment process

To apply for the position, please send your application (cover letter, CV, recommendations) in English to Head of Administration Martin Bo Brander at [email protected] marked “Chef” no later than February 28th 2023.

The Embassy embraces equal opportunities for all and therefore welcomes applications from all qualified persons regardless of race, sex, religion, age or disability. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview.

The chosen candidate must be able to present a “No Criminal Record” and pass security clearance by the Danish authorities prior to appointment. Driver’s license is required.


For any questions regarding the position, please contact Martin Bo Brander, [email protected], +1 (202) 894-3520.

About us

The Embassy of Denmark is part of the Danish Foreign Service. The Embassy covers the United States of America. The Embassy is an ambitious, high-paced and dynamic workplace with approximately 55 employees, 17 of whom are posted from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other ministries in Copenhagen.


Type of employment: Full time employment for 3 years on a local contract with the possibillity of extension

Starting date: As soon as possible