• The Yacht Crew Coach

Exceptional Yacht Crew: Stefan Schenk

I speak to Stefan Schenk, Head Chef on S/Y Perseus 3 about his career as a chef onboard yachts.

Sandra


I found you specifically through your website, and more and more, I am finding that social media is playing a really big role in not only yachts presenting themselves for charter but also in crew members and assisting them getting hired. Why do you have a website? What do you feel that it brings to your role or representing you?

Stefan


When I started in yachting nine years ago, I got jobs through word of mouth. And then at some point, I was fed up with a job, and started looking for my dream job, so to say. I was sitting in the crew house, I didn't have much to do because chefs don't really dockwalk, so I thought why not set up a website while I'm here waiting to get calls? So I set up this website. It took me a week to do that, and after that, the job offers, they rolled in. I found a really good job and stayed with them for two years. So the website really, really helped me to get to where I wanted to be. Also, social media and Instagram is playing a big, big role. Have you seen my Instagram page?

Sandra


I don't think I've actually seen your Instagram. I've been on your website. What is your handle?

Stefan


It's @chefan_schenk

Sandra


Oh, there we go. Oh wow. Yeah. Okay, so you've got nearly 20,000 followers, so that's definitely…

Stefan


Yeah, so [laughter], it's really working for me. I get a lot of offers to collaborate with brands. I haven't really done it yet because I don't really find the offers really pay enough, and brands are not really what I want to represent. But it's getting there.