Colconquerors Chef

By simply_emma, 11 Feb '16 at 10:04

Exciting summer opportunity

Summer 2016

Background & Opportunity

Some information to get started

Who are Colconquerors?

We specialise in providing road cycling holidays, cycling tours, training camps, weekends and sportive trips in the French Alps along with coached Performance Development & Warm Weather training weeks in Gran Canaria during the winter months.

Established for 6 years and perfectly located close to the Col du Galibier with access to many of the finest climbs in the Alps we strive to provide great cycling challenges for our guests and help them prepare for them.

Our primary focus is to ensure that our guests ride and achieve their goals whilst we provide high quality nutrition, support, skills and advice to ensure guests go away not only having had a great trip but also as a better, more knowledgeable riders. We pride ourselves in the fact that over 70% of our guests return.

What’s the Opportunity?

We are looking for an excellent chef to fuel our riders for the summer of 2016 (May to September). Cycling in the mountains is about as tough as it comes on a bike and food plays an essential role in ensuring our clients have a positive experience during their stay in the mountains.

In your role as chef you will be able to be creative with your choices to provide our guests with the nutrition they need, evening meals must be both nutritious and exciting with taste & presentation being all important. You will need to enjoy responsibility because you’ll be in full control of all aspects of planning, preparing and presenting meals whilst also maintaining a budget and building strong relationships with local suppliers.

You’ll need to be comfortable around people and be able to socialise with a wide range of guests from varying backgrounds and nationalities whilst also ensuring the public areas of the chalet are well presented at all times.

If you perform well there will be strong references to help with future employment in the industry and of course for the right person an opportunity to return to us the following season.

The Role in Detail

What kind of Person are we Looking for?

We are specifically looking for someone that has at least 3 years of experience working in a high quality chalet or hotel for preparing restaurant quality evening meals for 8-12 people. You will also need a health & safety and food hygiene qualification along with impeccable references from all previous employers. An officially recognised qualification relevant to the position would also be advantageous. Previous experience does not have to be in a ski resort but perhaps catering in another environment where you’ve had first hand contact with guests. You must consider yourself to be an excellent chef and have belief in yourself, be passionate about food and the way in which it is prepared and presented. It goes without saying that as you’ll be working with our valued clients you must be as well presented as your food during working hours and when spending time with clients. You’ll need to be adaptable in your approach to the role and have an excellent eye for detail and the little things that make a difference. Just being good will not cut it, we need much more.

Hours & Package

Unlike a ski season when people stay a whole week, most of the time our season is split between trips that are 7 nights long and others that are 4 or five nights in duration. During seven night trips you will be required to work every day but in the gaps between the trips of various lengths you will find yourself with 2,3 and sometimes 4 days off. Evening meals are usually served at 8PM and preparation for this will usually start mid to late afternoon. Duties in the evening will finish around 10PM once dinner and coffee is over and everything tidied away ready for the following day. You are not required to prepare breakfast every day only occasionally to help cover which leaves you a large amount of the day to yourself to cycle etc!!

There are several trips during the season where we operate from other chalets and occasionally hotels. During these trips duties and timings may vary.

The Package Includes

Your own private accommodation, meals whilst working (usually evening meal), a good salary, a flight to and from Lyon or Geneva airport (or fuel and tolls from the UK if driving) and an end of season bonus of 2-3 weeks pay based upon your performance and guest feed back. We also include a bike for the summer season if you need one along with access to cycle coaching advice plus a full bike fit in our professional bike fitting studio. It goes without saying that you’re an essential part of the team and will be made to feel this way so to ensure you really do feel a part of the experience we’ll invest plenty of time in you to explain our culture and ethos.

Standard Daily Tasks


- Cleaning the kitchen, and where appropriate communal areas to a high standard

- Maintaining all health, safety and hygiene regulations - Prepare and layout for afternoon tea (usually on a sunny terrace), Make cake for guest return.

- Planning for evening meals ensuring all allergies and special requirements are taken into consideration.


- Clear away afternoon tea - Prepare & serve three course evening meal, cheese and coffee

- Ensure kitchen is clean and tidy ahead of serving evening meal

- Wash and tidy up, clean kitchen ready for breakfast

Standard Weekly Tasks

- Stock take, review budget and complete weekly shops from local suppliers

- Complete meat order, review quality from previous weeks supplier

- Complete full hygiene review to ensure an impeccable working environment

- Review new arrivals list and fully understand any special dietary requirements

- Prepare menus for the forthcoming trip (3,4,5,7 nights)

- Manage guest requests, questions, problems and liaise with the owners to ensure everything is resolved to the highest level of professionalism.

Occasional Tasks

- Drive the support vehicle to assist when required

- Provide cover for airport transfers when needed and practical to do so

- Layout and prepare breakfast to cover when required

- Travel to other hotels and chalets for certain trips to provide additional support to guests or assist with logistics. This frequently means nights off!

- General jobs around the chalet if the hosts need a little help from time to time.

Next Steps

If you’re looking for a great challenge this summer whilst at the same time enjoying more free time than you might usually have in a role like this send us your CV and contact us to arrange an initial Skype meeting and take it from there.

Minimum Requirements For This Role

You must have each of the below:

  • British bank account

  • Permanent UK National Insurance number

  • European Passport

  • Must be legally entitled to work in the EU

  • Please note that we cannot accept applicants with working holiday visas

    Ideally you will have the below:

  • Held a driving licence for 3 years

  • Please note that we cannot accept applicants with working holiday visas

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