Want to Work at Buckingham Palace? The Queen Is Hiring a Chef

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Being born (or marrying) into royalty isn't the only way to gain access to the inner sanctum of Buckingham Palace. For people who come from humbler backgrounds, working for the queen is an alternative route. Elizabeth II of England needs dishwashers, housekeepers, and even letter writers to keep her life running smoothly, and as Travel + Leisure reports, there's currently an opening for a chef's job at the queen's London home.

According to the listing shared by the Royal Household, Buckingham Palace's new chef will work full time preparing menus for various events. The position comes with a £22,076.04, or roughly $27,600 annual salary, with the option to live on-site with a salary adjustment. Other benefits include a 15 percent employer pension contribution, 33 vacation days, and free meals during work hours.

To have what it takes to work in the kitchen of the royal family, the new chef should be highly skilled, experienced, and passionate about food and cooking. The job description reads: "As you'd expect, standards are exceptionally high here, and every day is busy, so you’ll need to be an ambitious and qualified chef. You may have some previous experience within a premier kitchen or volume catering environment, but it’s your ability and enthusiasm to deliver across all sections of the kitchen that we're looking for."

The job is primarily based at Buckingham Palace in London, but the chef will occasionally be asked to work at other royal homes, like Balmoral in Scotland. Prospective candidates can apply for the position through the Royal Household's website. If you're interested in applying, here are some insight into the job (including the queen's eating habits) from past royal chefs.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

A Company Wants to Pay You $1000 to Watch 25 Hours of Friends

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Do you often cancel your plans to have a binge-watch session of Friends? Are you known to randomly drop some classic Joey Tribbiani quotes into your daily conversations? Then do we have the job for you: FrontierBundles.com is offering to pay one diehard fan $1000 just to watch 25 hours of the show.

This isn’t the first Friends tie-in in recent memory. Movie theaters will be hosting a Friends marathon and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf will be selling Central Perk coffee in celebration of the series’ 25th anniversary. Now you can join in on the fun from the comfort of your very own couch—and actually get paid to do what you were probably doing anyway.

So how do you participate? It’s fairly simple. The company is asking you to watch 25 hours of the show (easy!), which is about 60 episodes, before September 22. While watching, you’ll also be live-tweeting your experience, along with posting a photo to Twitter when you’re all done. Make sure to tag @FrontierCorp in your tweets and you’ll be fully in the running to get the cash!

In addition to the $1000, FrontierBundles.com is also offering a year-long subscription to Netflix (or a Visa card if you already have one), and a “Friends Fandom Fun Pack” which includes a T-shirt, mug, and more.

You must be 18 years or older and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to apply, and you can do so here.

Hotels.com Is Looking for a Discerning Dog to Review the World’s Best Pet-Friendly Hotels

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Your pet may not work a 9 to 5 job or have bills to pay, but that doesn't mean they don't deserve a vacation. As House Beautiful reports, Hotels.com is giving one lucky dog the chance to take a 10-day tour of some of the most luxurious pet-friendly hotels around the world—and if your dog wins the contest, you get to tag along, too.

The hotel-booking service recently posted a listing in search of its "first ever hotel Canine Critic." In an effort to compile a list of the best hotels for pets, Hotels.com is sending one dog and its owner to the hotels of their choice for 10 nights. Winners can choose to spend their whole vacation at one perfect spot or take the opportunity to test out lodgings in different locations across the globe. The prize consists of 10 vouchers from Hotels.com valued at $200 each, and the winners get to decide how to use them.

The pampered pooch who's selected will be tasked with seeing if the pet-friendly amenities and accommodations at various hotels meet their standards. Some examples of features at the most popular pet-friendly hotels in America include special dog food menus, "pawlates" classes, and canine massages. Meanwhile, their owner will be free to enjoy any luxuries designed for humans the hotels have to offer.

To enter your pet in the running for the gig of a lifetime, upload the cutest photo or video of them you have and tag @Hotelsdotcom and #CanineCritic in the caption. Follow @Hotelsdotcom on Instagram to make sure your submission is considered. The deadline to enter the contest is August 25, and the winner will be contacted via a direct message on Instagram no later than September 18.

[h/t House Beautiful]

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