How to Successfully Hire a Housekeeper Cook


Published on April 4, 2019

Need a housekeeper who can cook your meals too? Here are some pointers on hiring a housekeeper cook for your household. Click To TweetA housekeeper cook is a popular choice of home help for the modern family. They undertake all the usual housekeeping duties and prepare healthy and wholesome food for the family too. A housekeeper cook is a practical solution for a busy family with little time to prepare good-quality, healthy food.

What are the main advantages of hiring a housekeeper cook?

Cooking Duties

The cooking duties which the housekeeper cook undertakes will of course depend on the family’s requirements; from specific dietary adjustments and preferences to calorie-controlled cuisine. If a family prefers Asian or Mediterranean cuisine, the housekeeper cook’s job is to prepare and cook the preferred type of fresh food.

A housekeeper cook will also typically be involved in menu planning and shopping for the ingredients, which may be ordered online or by going to the shops. Each family has a different preference.

An experienced housekeeper cook with catering or cooking training will also be able to cater for dinner parties. Families that regularly entertain will want a housekeeper cook with a suitable level of experience to cater for their dinner parties and in some cases even serve at the dinner table as well.

One of the biggest benefits for a busy head of a household, a couple or family in having a housekeeper cook is that it takes the strain off having to plan menus, shop and prepare food. Instead, their focus can be on downtime and enjoying family life together.

What are a Housekeeper Cook’s Responsibilities?

Additional responsibilities which a housekeeper cook may have to take on, depending on their specific role, might include:

  • Cooking all meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Bulk preparing meals for family members to cook – for example, a freshly-made lasagna which is then frozen for the family to easily pop into the oven at the weekend

  • Menu planning
  • Shopping for food
  • Dinner party catering
  • Kitchen upkeep and deep cleaning
  • Ensuring the kitchen utilities are maintained
  • Stock control and inventory
  • Managing the pantry and food areas
  • Regularly cleaning out the refrigerator and freezer, and discarding out-of-date products
  • Polishing silverware
  • Preparing beautiful table presentations for meals and dinner parties

As well as these kitchen and cooking-related duties, the housekeeper cook will continue to manage and clean all other aspects of the property, ensuring the family’s needs are met with the housekeeping and cooking requirements.

How can you hire a housekeeper cook?

Here are three ways you can hire a housekeeper cook:

Use your existing network: Personal recommendations are always a good source. Try asking friends and acquaintances if they know of someone who can work as a part- or full-time housekeeper cook.

Make sure you do detailed background checks, including a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) assessment for a criminal record.

Self-recruit: You could use websites such as Gumtree and Facebook, which allow users to post and apply for job opportunities.

Keep in mind that you’ll be exposing yourself, your family and your home to strangers. Always have extensive background checks performed. Protect yourself with reference checks, DBS and vetting.

Use an agency: A professional employment agency can give you support to speed up the process, as well as giving you peace of mind that the candidates have been vetted.

Each agency has a different vetting process, so ask prospective agents how they vet their candidates, and never pay upfront for an agency to start work.

Why is Polo & Tweed the best housekeeper cook recruitment agency?

Polo & Tweed is the UK’s leading employment agency for hiring domestic staff for the perfect match between a principal and candidates. We have more than 10,000 candidates around the world with clients in London, the Middle East and the USA.

We work to your time line, so we can perform the search for your ideal candidate quickly or at a leisurely pace. Plus we give you peace of mind that we are with you for the long-term. Whether you need just one housekeeper cook or an entire team of housekeepers, our experienced consultants will find the perfect match for your specific requirements.

We would love to hear how we can help you further, so please get in touch with us here, and one of our consultants get back to you to discuss your job requirements.


  1. Barbara Woodard says:

    Am looking for a housekeeper/cook or butler/cook.
    Would prefer older, single individual and work schedule is somewhat flexible.

    • mm LucyChallenger says:

      Hello Barbara, I have just sent you an email. You are most welcome to call us on +44(0)203 858 0233 and we can discuss how we cam help you! I look forward to hearing from you. 🙂

  2. Niccolo says:


    We are a busy couple who currently have a cleaner coming 7 hours a week but would love to have a housekeeper cook who could also take care of groceries (we eat at Home only 3/4 dinners a week) and cooking.

    Probably a 10-12 hours a week committment.

    We like healthy food, with lots of veggies and fish preferred over meat. And we love good food!


    • Aafke Meelen says:

      Hello Nico,

      Thank you so much for getting in touch and we would love to help you find a great housekeeper/cook. One of our consultants will be in touch over email – however if you would like to chat to us regarding your search please do give us a call on +44 (0) 203 858 0233 and we look forward to getting the search started for you!

  3. Tina Fordham says:

    Seeking a part-time housekeeper and cook.

    My teenage daughters live with me every other week, I am on my own in between.

    I need help managing the cleaning and upkeep of the flat, which includes looking after a lot of houseplants and two well-behaved kittens, plus grocery shopping and cooking, less when it’s just me.

    Laundry is sent out, so only light ironing. Help with occasional errands like going to the post office etc would be very helpful.

    Must speak English and be an excellent but simple home cook.

    • Aafke Meelen says:

      Dear Tina,

      Thank you very much for getting in touch, and we would be delighted to help you find a great part-time Housekeeper/Cook. One of our consultants will be in touch over email, but you can also call us directly on +44 (0) 203 858 0233 to speak to us! We look forward to helping you.

  4. Sandy says:

    I am looking for a housekeeper cook for my son and I.

    • Aafke Meelen says:

      Dear Sandy,
      Thank you for your message. We can definitely help with that. One of our consultants will be in touch over email. If you would like to speak to us directly already, please do not hesitate to give us a call on +44 (0) 203 858 0233 and we look forward to getting your search started for you.

  5. Jonathan Crutchley says:

    Retired gentleman and companion (we are gay) seek housekeeper/cook for live-in position in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  6. Mona Alfaour says:

    Hi I’m looking for a live in housekeeper cook in Saudi Arabia, jeddah. We are a couple and looking for someone that can cook and prepare meals for us. Thanks.

    • Aafke Meelen says:

      We can certainly help with that – one of our consultants will send you an email to get in touch. But if you would like to reach out to us directly already, you can do this via our website here.

  7. Valerie Salcido says:

    I’m a single, working professional and need a housekeeper-cook to help me manage my house in Austin, TX.

    • Aafke Meelen says:

      Thank you for getting in touch, Valerie. One of our recruitment consultants will email you directly. If you would already like to get in touch with us directly now, you can do so via this link here. We look forward to helping you!

  8. Natalie Steadman says:

    Do you provide services for the USA for a housecleaner cook?

    • Aafke Meelen says:

      We can certainly help with that, as we place staff all over the world. One of our consultants will be in touch over email, but if you’d like to get in touch with us directly already, you can do so by contacting us on our website here.

  9. Jacob says:

    Do u have any Chinese speaking, housekeeper cooks . That live in Canada BC that are willing to live with the family in their house and make all meals

  10. Debbie kirby says:

    Need a cook for all three meals and clean up

  11. Sheila Murthy says:

    hi i have 3 children 7,5 and 2 and we are looking for a housekeeper / cook. We are a busy family and need someone who can take charge of the cooking, inventory, menu planning … and groceries .

    please let me know how to proceed. We live in New york

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