Relief Chef Services was founded by Chef Keith Clifford. With his roots here in South Florida Keith worked his way through local restaurants and hotels; where he excelled at crew training and management at an early age, earning an advanced placement in the prestigous Johnson & Wales program of Culinary Arts, Charleston, South Carolina in which he graduated Summa Cum Laude and had the opportunity to apprentice at The Cloister, Sea Island, Georgia. Upon graduation Keith then took to the sea to train the staff of Wind Jammer Barefoot Cruise Line, where he got the love of the open water and call to travel and experience cultures from port to port.
During his 30 plus years in the Hospitality/Food Industry Chef Keith has been Executive Chef in Fort Lauderdale, Eustis & Miami in Florida, to St. Thomas, USVI. He has spent about twenty years working and traveling on yachts in the Mediterannean, Caribbean, Bahamas, Turcs and Caicos, Eastern United States, Mexico and Central America. Chef Keith relishes the diverse cultures experienced through different ports and their cuisines; and more importantly the relationships created with working with people in the Yachting Industry from all different backrounds.
These experiences have deepened his passion for creative dishes utilizing the best local ingredients at Relief Chef Services we believe in providing the best ingredients, food and service to all of your culinary needs. We understand the importance of leadership, teamwork and friendly professional service. whether it is for guests, crew, charter or private or simple service provided; Relief Chef Services creates the ultimate experience for you.
Excerpts From Letters of Recommendation
“I have valued you, as a culinary artist and as a friend for a long time….We so appreciate everything you’ve done for us and our kids.”
Mrs. Selene Devaney, Owner M/Y Positive Carry & M/Y Dorothy Ann
“His cooking and presentation throughout was second to none, during the year he seldom repeated a meal for owners and crew alike. I found his hygiene management to be of an excellent standard and he has an uncanny ability to please even the most demanding of clients. Keith has a calm and very engaging personality with a great sense of humor, which I find to be essential for survival in the yachting business.”
Captain Phil Burgess, M/Y Intrinsic
“We thank you for the loving service you provided to make this trip one of our most precious and treasured memories! Your skill…. Combined with your wonderful creativity… it has been a delightful experience to try new things… to savor delectable bites …to inhale the tantalizing aromas from your kitchen! You have such skill!! But you’ve also the sweet quality of desiring to please your guests….”
The Wicker Clan, Charter Guests of M/Y Netanya II
“ He who refreshes others will himself – be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25