Blues Agency

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Why Choose Blues

For nearly 40 years we have been providing cooks, waiting staff, butlers, and kitchen hands to leading city firms and private clients. We supply temporary and permanent staff in the UK and overseas. We specialise in ensuring that the skills, experiences and personalities of our staff match the expectations of our clients. We pride ourselves on building and maintaining long term relationships with both our clients and candidates through our consultative and professional approach.

Clients

Clients

All our staff are interviewed in person and references are taken up before their first appointment. We employ on behalf of our clients, a complete range of staff to suit particular requirements. All Blues staff are provided with a set of company rules covering issues of safety, hygiene, allergens and dress code, ensuring that the high expectations are observed at all times.

We have a reputation on building long term relationships with both our clients and candidates through our consultative and professional approach. We tailor our procedures to clients’ needs as we appreciate they are all different.

What We Provide

What We Provide

We provide cooks, waiting staff, butlers, and kitchen hands to corporate and private clients on a temporary and permanent basis in the UK and abroad. Our main priority is to ensure that the skill, experience and personality of our staff match the expectations of our clients.

LONDON:

  • Directors dining
  • Private houses
  • Catering companies
  • Delicatessens
  • Dinner parties
  • Cocktail parties
  • Schools
  • Teaching sessions

COUNTRY:

  • Weekends
  • Weeks
  • Seasonal lodges
  • Major sporting events

ABROAD:

  • Summer villas
  • Private houses
  • Chalets
  • Embassies

Who We Recruit From

Who We Recruit From
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Candidates

We are always looking for well presented, professional cooks and waiting staff for both corporate and private positions. With nearly 40 years experience we know that the needs of our clients and staff are both individual and important.

If you have a minimum of a year’s experience or have recently completed a professional cooking course and are interested in registering with Blues please call us on 020 7731 7533 or email your CV to blues@bluesagency.co.uk.

Blues In Schools

Blues in schools is a project designed to teach children with learning difficulties how to cook. The sale of our cookery books and a percentage of our annual turnover goes towards funding the classes.

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Our Team

Sarah Willes

Director and founder of Blues agency

Sarah Willes

Director and founder of Blues agency
Sarah completed her Cordon Bleu diploma in 1971 and worked in a wide range of jobs from teaching at the Cordon Bleu School to cooking director’s lunches for Sir James Goldsmith. After setting up Blues in 1978 she went on to write cookery books and took on the role of governor at Gibbs Green School. She then founded the charity Blues in Schools, which runs regular cooking classes for children with learning and behaviour problems. Sarah keeps in touch with new products coming onto the market by judging for The Great Taste Awards, organised by the guild of fine food. Sarah continues to be actively involved in the running of Blues liaising with the cookery schools and advising students on how to prepare for the future.

Cathy Synan

HR Director and Payroll Coordinator

Cathy Synan

HR Director and Payroll Coordinator
Cathy previously worked in recruitment in Australia before she joined Blues in 1989. Since then she has built an invaluable rapport between staff and clients. In 1998 she was appointed a Director. Her responsibilities include coordinating our staff payroll, managing the accounts and placing staff. Cathy is also actively involved in Blues staff training.

Annabel Graham-Wood

Director of Recruitment

Annabel Graham-Wood

Director of Recruitment
Annabel graduated from Newcastle University in 2007. After completing a cookery course, she moved to London and worked in the kitchen at Mr Christian's delicatessen in Notting Hill, and then for private equity firm Accel Partners in St James, before joining Blues in 2010. Her responsibilities include running the office, coordinating staff payroll, recruiting and placing cooks and waiting staff in temporary and permanent positions in London, country and abroad. Annabel also helps with Blues In Schools.

Katie Stothard

Senior recruitment Consultant

Katie Stothard

Senior recruitment Consultant
Katie graduated from Northumbria University in 2012. Prior to university, Katie completed a cookery course at The Orchards before doing a ski season in Verbier with Ski Armadillo. She has also undertaken many private cooking jobs in the UK. Katie joined Blues in 2012 and her key roles include interviewing candidates and placing cooks and waiting staff in positions in London, country and abroad. Katie also runs the waiting master class and takes part in Blues in Schools when possible.

Martha Bell

Recruitment Consultant

Martha Bell

Recruitment Consultant
Previously Martha worked at the Cordon Bleu school for 5 years. Her role includes interviewing candidates and placing cooks and waiting staff in positions in London.

Caroline Scott

Administrator

Caroline Scott

Administrator

Having had a cooking career for the last 32 years. Caroline has a greater understanding of how Blues works, so is especially helpful to us with our admin.

Sarah Willes

Director and founder of Blues agency
Sarah completed her Cordon Bleu diploma in 1971 and worked in a wide range of jobs from teaching at the Cordon Bleu School to cooking director’s lunches for Sir James Goldsmith. After setting up Blues in 1978 she went on to write cookery books and took on the role of governor at Gibbs Green School. She then founded the charity Blues in Schools, which runs regular cooking classes for children with learning and behaviour problems. Sarah keeps in touch with new products coming onto the market by judging for The Great Taste Awards, organised by the guild of fine food. Sarah continues to be actively involved in the running of Blues liaising with the cookery schools and advising students on how to prepare for the future.