Chefs fulfil a key role in the efficient and smooth running of an offshore installation. They provide a quality catering service, usually on an offshore installation drilling rig or vessel, or may be based at an onshore production installation or major office complex.

About this role

Typical duties

  • Plans all menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner and to cater specifically for night shift personnel
  • Deals with suppliers to order supplies and stock
  • Rotates stock and completes regular stock-taking
  • Manages the overall budget and reports to management on costs
  • Organises staff, including recruitment and operational rotas
  • Ensures the prompt service of all meals at the required times
  • Prepares, monitors and maintains the quality of the food
  • Ensures the kitchen follows hygiene and health and safety guidelines
  • Investigates and resolves and customer complaints
  • Reports any breaches of safety procedures to supervision / management
  • Actively participates in and promotes company health and safety campaigns, policies and procedures, and ensures personal safety and that of colleagues at all times

In the industry

Chefs play a key role in ensuring the overall health and welfare of personnel, and are employed by specialist catering and facilities management companies that supply catering services to the oil and gas industry. The role will involve shift work, which may have early starts and late finishes.


  • Office
  • Outdoors
  • Offshore


  • University
  • College
  • Apprenticeships

What do I need?

Key Skills

  • Managing people
  • Team working
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Analysing
  • Planning
  • Organising
  • IT
  • Numerical
  • Practical
  • Creativity
  • Working to deadlines
  • Flexibility


Entry requirements:

  • City and Guilds Hospitality and Catering Principles
  • Basic offshore induction and emergency training (BOSIET)
  • Offshore Medical Certificate
  • OPITO Minimum Industry Safety Standards (MIST)

Employers might also look for:

  • Experience in an offshore environment
  • Hospitality management qualification