Hiring: Chef



Be responsible for creating an exquisite culinary adventure of the highest caliber aboard boutique expedition cruises along the coast in B.C. and Alaska, while exploring its spectacular nature and cultural history.

Our Company

Maple Leaf Adventures is a respected marine ecotourism company that operates small ship cruises to world-class wilderness destinations along the coasts of British Columbia and Alaska, focused on natural and cultural history.

Our Vessels allow guests to explore the wild spaces of our world in luxury and comfort:

– SV Maple Leaf: 92-foot schooner that accommodates up to 8 guests;

– MV Swell: 88-foot tug converted to a passenger vessel for 12 guests; and

– MV Cascadia: 138-foot expedition-style catamaran that accommodates up to 24 guests.

Description of Work Periods for MLA Operations

– Expedition Season: Typically from April to October (primarily based on two rotating crews)

– Winter Maintenance: Typically from November to March

– Shipyard: Annually between February to March

Our Ideal Candidate

The Chef aboard any of our vessels is a creative passionate gourmet with a love for coastal adventure.   Flexibility, great organization, and excellent planning and follow-through are all necessary attributes.   If you thrive in a dynamic working environment, are hardworking, like meeting new people and can produce inspired, creative, delicious and healthy meals in a small ship’s galley, you would make a great addition to our dedicated team.   Maple Leaf Adventures is looking for Chefs to join our crew (based on a day for day time on/time off rotation) aboard all our vessels as they sail into the expedition season for 2019 and beyond.

In addition to having a professional and positive demeanour at all times while engaging with guests, the ideal qualities for our Chefs include:

– Having outstanding culinary skills and experience from luxury private yachts, boutique hotels, private clubs or high-end wilderness resorts;

– Having the ability to work at sea for extended periods in a variety of weather conditions and sea states;

– Being flexible and organized with proven ability to anticipate the needs of guests and overall operations;

– Having strong interpersonal skills to establish respectful relationships with guests; and

– Having a personal interest in the nature of the B.C. coast.


The Chef duties aboard will include all aspects of planning, ordering, provisioning, stowing, and preparing meals and snacks for guests and crew.   This position will require long hours and successful candidates will be expected to go to sea for up to month at a time with little contact to the outside world, while surrounded and inspired by the beauty of our coast.   Chefs aboard our vessels may have additional crew duties to support the Safe Manning Documents in the unlikely event of a marine emergency.

While aboard MV Cascadia there would be additional galley support from a Cook, and the chef would be independently working aboard SV Maple Leaf and MV Swell with support from deckhands when needed.   Typical duties include:

– Preparing gourmet meals (3 daily) and snacks (2 daily) for:

* Up to 8 guests and 5 crew aboard SV Maple Leaf;

* Up to 12 guests and 6 crew aboard MV Swell, or

* Up to 24 guests and 10 crew aboard MV Cascadia with addition support from a Cook.

– Ensuring special dietary requests are adhered to;

– Creative menu planning from a fixed inventory, as meals are prepared and served both on board and on shore in
remote locations;

– Providing excellent customer service while working in close quarters with other team members and guests; and

– Ensuring all seafood served aboard is certified “sustainable” through the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program and educating guests about our Ocean Wise Certification.


Minimum Qualifications:

– Superb communication and customer service skills at all times to engage guests and form good working relationships with key crew members, especially the Captain and Expedition Leaders;

– Red Seal or equivalent experience;

– Excellent, well-rounded culinary preparation, presentation and plating with attention to detail and visual design;

– Applied knowledge of baking, butchery, and cooking in a variety of themes and styles focusing on a Pacific Rim contemporary menu including local sustainable seafoods and foraged foods from the natural environment;

– Able to easily accommodate individual guests’ dietary needs and preferences, which are typically known in advance of each expedition;

– Foodsafe Level One (1) and Serving It Right;

– Excellent time and inventory management to work within a budget and manage with limited resources, provisions and storage;

– Comfortable working independently in a small galley while sharing space with others;

– Providing maximum flexibility following Captain’s orders to change plans quickly;

– Ability to manage stress and handle adversity; and

– Must be eligible to legally work in Canada (a valid passport is required for our trips to Alaska).

Desirable Qualifications:

– Experience in passenger vessel operations;

– Knowledgeable about wine and wine-food pairing;

– Preferred candidates will have an interest in adventure tourism and the nature and environment of the B.C. coast;

– Willing to obtain prior to expedition season:

* Valid Marine Medical;

* MED A1/A2 or equivalent;

* Radio Operator Certificate – Maritime Commercial; and

* Marine First Aid and CPR;

– Wilderness 1st Aid an asset; and

– Expedition leadership experience, any guiding certifications or Small Vessel Operating Proficiency may be an asset but are not required.

Compensation and Benefits:

– Competitive daily wage + guest tips;

– Meals and accommodations will be provided while aboard, and transportation to and from the vessel will be provided during the expedition season; and

– Pro-deal relationships are available for crew with gear and equipment product lines that support Maple Leaf Adventures.

How to Apply:

– Send resume and cover letter to jobs[at]MapleLeafAdventures[dot]com. Please add Position: Maple Leaf Adventures Chef Application to the subject line.

– Due to the high number of applicants, only the top candidates will be contacted.

– No phone calls or drop-ins please.