The Ultimate Chalet Cookery Course

By natives_cs, 11 Aug '15 at 10:11







At only £575 The Ultimate Chalet Host Cookery Course is THE ORIGINAL AND LEADING CHALET HOST COOKERY COURSE in the Alps to teach you everything you need to know about running a successful chalet with style and the minimum of fuss. If you are looking for a job as a Chalet Host or Chef this winter, competition for jobs is now very fierce as people defer going to uni and take a year off, as well as lots of previous staff returning for a second season and lots of people wanting to take a break from the UK. Our course is an absolute must to get a job! We have been running the course for 9 years and it is highly regarded by the leading tour operators as well as many independently run chalet operators. Feedback from employers of previous students has been excellent with some saying our students have been the best chalet hosts ever! We even give you lots of information about finding a job in the Alps.

Beware of imitations...this course is one of the first ever courses running in the Alps and is now the most successful course running with a qualified and very experienced team of tutors looking after you.

The Duke of Edinburgh´s Award Gold Award:

Our course could count for the Residential section of your Gold DofE Award. The course aims to fulfil the aim of the Residential Section "to broaden young people´s experiences through involvement with others in a residential setting." The requirements of the Residential section are "To undertake a shared activity or specific course in a residential setting away from home and in an unfamiliar environment." We have had many people on the course over the years who were completing their DofE Gold Award. On completion of the course, we will be happy to write an Assessor Report in your Keeping Track Booklet. Please always ensure you check with your Leader before you book the course that they are happy that it will count for your Residential Section. There is a £50 discount for DofE participants.

Parents: This is also an extremely beneficial course for your teenage children to gain valuable life skills which they can take with them to university and onwards!

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Why choose our course?

We were one of the first few chalet specific cookery courses to run in the Alps and have been running for 9 years having improved the course year after year to offer you MORE...

We offer the BEST VALUE FOR MONEY with
  • COMPLIMENTARY TRANSFERS, luxury accommodation, Hot Tub, complimentary transport to an activity on the afternoon off

  • Minimum 4 tutors (for a maximum of 12 students per course), offering a wealth of expertise and experience for you to make the most of...

  • The most INTENSIVE & realistic course available enabling you run a chalet from day one

  • The unrivalled (and much copied) 170 page complimentary Ultimate Chalet Host Cookery Course Bible to take with you, full of information, guides and recipes which will prove invaluable during your ski season

  • No previous experience is necessary, we teach right from the basics to more complex methods (from how to use a knife safely to making a Bechamel sauce). We take bookings from individuals and couples or if you want to get a few friends together we can take small group also. We take all ages from 16 upwards. An information packed hands-on one week course combining practical skills with fun. We teach you...

  • Recipes that are quick & easy to cook for large numbers, mouth-wateringly tasty, varied & nutritious

  • Using ingredients which will be available to you in winter in the Alps

  • Using methods of cooking specific to altitude (do you know how long it takes to boil an egg at altitude?)

  • Dealing with special dietary requirements including 6 day vegetarian menu & wheat-free/dairy-free/vegan etc. recipes

  • How to work efficiently on your own & as a team

  • Top tips on menu planning (you may have to present a weekly plan to your manager)

  • Managing your budget (you will be cooking on a very tight budget)

  • Portion control (just how much do hungry skiers eat?)

  • Current FOOD HYGIENE & SAFETY regulations (allowing easy completion of accredited certificate online)

  • Tricks of the trade & how to maximise your ski time

  • Essential health & safety practises for maintaining a clean kitchen & keeping food safe

  • Tricks of the trade & how to maximise your ski time

  • What it´s really like to be a chalet host

  • How to keep your guests happy & increase your potential to earn tips

  • The other jobs you may be expected to do

  • Info about who´s recruiting staff & who to get in touch with

  • Unlike other cookery courses with individual catering school style workstations, every day you prepare and cook breakfast, lunch (kids meals), afternoon tea and a three course evening meal including a vegetarian option in a REAL CHALET KITCHEN and sit down to dine with your guests, just like you will in your chalet. During the day there are theory sessions covering all the important things you need to know. This is truly THE MOST AUTHENTIC CHALET COOKERY COURSE available.

  • based in a fantastic location in La Rosiere in the heart of the French Alps

  • stay in our luxury chalet with outdoor hot-tub

  • taught by experienced and qualified tutors with chalet hosting experience as well careers in catering and hospitality

  • enjoy time off to sample local activities including white-water rafting and hiking (both weather permitting, white water rafting is no longer available after end September)

  • NB: Due to the nature of the course we are unable to take bookings from people with any type of food allergy or intolerance other than vegetarians and any vegetarians must understand they will be expected to cook meat.

    What some of our previous students thought of the course...

    "Hiya, I did your cookery course 5 or 6 years ago and I just wanted to thankyou as it has inspired me ever since and fueled my love for the mountains and it helped to give me confidence. I did one season straight after the course, then came back and worked in a hotel in England which I also found your course helped. Having missed the mountains too much, we headed back out a couple of seasons ago for a few months and am now heading back to the mountains more perminantly and hoping to live down in Bourg. Any way sorry for the random email but I just wanted to thankyou and let you know how invaluable your course has been to me. Hope all is well and thanks again." Natalia Giltsoff (email received Sept 12).

    "Hi Laura, I know it is early days but I just wanted to say thank you for your help so far. I have already had 3 responses and 2 interviews booked in and I am just waiting to hear back from the third with a date for when I return to the UK and I have only sent 10 applications off so far, 5 last week and 5 today. Speak soon and thanks again" Lindsay, Sept 11.

    "Hey Elena, Was just emailing to say that I got the job with Mont Blanc Discovery! I´m very pleased and feel a weight has been lifted off my shoulders because as you know i´ve been worrying about getting a job for the season. I also like to say another big thank you for last week, it was an amazing experience and I felt I learnt alot. You and Steve have been the best tutors and I do hope to see you guys again sometime. Kind Regards." Caz Hanby, Sept 11

    "This course far exceeded my expectations! I was expecting just a chalet cooking course, however you have given me all the information a chalet host needs with regards to their role. I am extremely satisfied with the course and will definitely be recommending you to others. I thought it was absolutely brilliant, all staff were so friendly and welcoming and show clear knowledge, experience and high standards. Top course!" Anonymous, Nov 10

    "When I booked this course I only intended taking part to complete my Duke of Edinburgh Award, however now I have completed the course I would definitely consider a ski season in the future. Thank you very much!" Anonymous, Nov 10

    A team of qualified tutors, meet us here...

    See photos from previous courses here...

    I want a job this winter...what date should I book?

    You need to start applying for jobs in May/June and tell companies you are booked onto the course. This will give you an advantage over other job applicants who have not booked on a course. It is almost irrelevant which date you book the course, so long as you book it and ensure you tell companies you are applying for jobs.

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