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Food budgets for private and charter yachts

Low budget

Chef: Stuart
Crew: 12
Budget: €43,000 (€10 per day per crew member)

Because of the nature of our business, costs are a lot higher than in the restaurant trade – we need companies to sort out all our paperwork and certificates to ship food worldwide, which costs a great deal.

Crew costs
I work on a very small budget, but that does not mean the crew don’t eat fillet of beef, sea bass and lobster sometimes. We get a lot of leftover charter food, which goes straight to the crew after each charter. I budget for €10 per head per day, not including drinks and snacks.

When it comes to guest provisioning I generally like to spend €130-150 per head, per day. Sometimes clients will specify cheaper meats, so the costs would then come down.

Obviously, if the client or boss wants expensive things like wagyu beef, caviarand white truffles, these costs go up, along with the freight costs because of where these provisions come from.

Originally published: March 2012

Mark Sims

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