working on a yacht as a chef
Hopefully they'll jump in with some of the details about how you land those sorts of jobs.
If you want to look into it maybe read up on Gordon Ramsey who worked on board a private yacht for the boss of Granada Television Studios, you can read all about Ramsay's experience working aboard a yacht in his autobiography Humble Pie, Chapter 5 entitled Oceans Apart
there are several reasons I prefer commercial vessels over yachts or cruise ships--I like research crews best and enjoy where freighters go.
Here is a link to a yacht forum and I have a couple of headhunters in my files if I haven't deleted them?? will check and get back.
I recommend this book right now. The way he gets to a yacht is very interesting! I sent it to a friend, but will read it again. Bargains on amazon now--
Don't know where you are located, but might check out day charter boats or passenger ferrys to get and idea of cooking where nothing stays where you left it.
Also depending on the size of vessel and crew, there are Coast Guard documents you must have and they are not inexpensive. Sometimes the owner will help with the expense if you stay your contract, if not you will pay back.
Also if you have had a drug conviction or a DUI, bye-bye.
I'm not sure what happened to Patricki as his website was taken down some time ago.
There are private cruise lines in the PNW too. Some of the people I worked with went on to work yatchs in Florida. I never ran with the idea, but I may someday before I get too old. It always sounded like a learning experience to me. That is to say: I think they're looking for a deckhand who can cook. :)
Not to sound disparaging; the 'chef' title is more than handy, but there are other responsibilities you'll need to manage. And it's FUN! You get to travel!!! It's an experience.