Fit to Feed a Queen? Buckingham Palace Is Looking for a Traveling Sous Chef

Royal chefs prepare hors d'oeuvres in the Buckingham Palace kitchens.
Royal chefs prepare hors d'oeuvres in the Buckingham Palace kitchens.
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If your culinary prowess makes you fit to feed a queen, now’s your chance to prove it—Queen Elizabeth II is looking for a new sous chef.

Food & Wine reports that applicants are required to have a background in premier catering and training in classical French cuisine, so this isn’t the best role for anyone whose abilities stop at toast and cereal. Experienced chefs with strong leadership and communication skills, on the other hand, should definitely check it out.

The role is based at Buckingham Palace, but you’ll also be called upon to cook at other royal residences around the country. And, while the head chef is technically in charge, it looks like the sous chef will have plenty of opportunity to dream up new menu items, direct the kitchen staff, and organize large-scale catering events.

Though the listing doesn’t mention what the salary is, it’s probably not a jaw-dropping figure. The Daily Mail reports that it could be up to £33,000 (about $43,000) per year, and past royal chef positions haven’t even cracked $30,000. Having said that, it boasts some impressive perks, including 33 vacation days, access to Buckingham Palace’s many recreational amenities—a gym, swimming pool, book club, and choir, to name a few—and the option to live at the palace. Your salary will be adjusted if you decide to become a full-time resident, but meals are included, too.

The application is open through February 12, and you can find out more here.

[h/t Food & Wine]

You Could Get Paid $1000 to Host a Remote The Office Watching Party


If getting paid to watch The Office sounds like a dream come true, well, you're in luck. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, Overheard on Conference Calls, an online resource that provides helpful guides to navigating the workplace, is paying one diehard fan $1000 to host a remote watch party of The Office.

"In a time when most states in the U.S. are under stay at home orders due to COVID-19 and words like social distancing are common, it can be tough to still remember there are good things out there. Two of those things are friendship and the television show The Office," the company said on their website.

But there are a few important requirements. According to the site, Overheard is looking for someone who loves the show, has accessibility to host a video call, and will watch 15 episodes in the span of one week with their friends.

You also need to be 18 years or older and a current resident of the United States. If you fit all these requirements, simply fill out this form by April 27.

Even if you aren't the lucky winner, you can still host an Office watch party while social distancing. Check out this free browser extension that allows you to watch Netflix with your friends.

You Could Get Paid to Watch Disney+ While Social Distancing

She’s excited to belt out both parts of Aladdin and Jasmine’s "A Whole New World."
She’s excited to belt out both parts of Aladdin and Jasmine’s "A Whole New World."
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In October 2019, chose five lucky couch potatoes for its “Disney+ Dream Job,” a position that paid people $1000 and gave them a year-long Disney+ subscription to watch 30 Disney programs in 30 days.

Now, the technology review site is accepting applicants for a similar (albeit less time-consuming) role: 10 people will receive a $200 Visa gift card and a free year of Disney+ to watch one single Disney film. Since most Disney movies are around 90 minutes long, your one-time wage works out to about $133 per hour.

To enter, all you have to do is send an email to with “Dream Job” in the subject line and your name and the title of your favorite Disney film in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random, so you don’t have to worry about trying to pick the “right” movie or explaining why you’re the right person for the job. You do, however, have to be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen. Submissions will be accepted through Thursday, April 10, and winners will be notified by email on the following Monday, April 13.

While October’s dream job was more about drumming up excitement for Disney+, which was a brand-new platform at the time, this one is all about encouraging social distancing and supporting people through the coronavirus crisis. With Disney+’s wide array of entertainment at your disposal—from National Geographic animal documentaries to animated classics you loved as a kid—you might feel a little less bored while you’re camped out on your couch.

If you want to check out Disney+ for yourself, head here to learn how to get a free seven-day trial.

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