Job Description: Chalet Chef

By adamrowden, 14 Nov '12 at 09:09

There are number of cheffing roles available in ski resorts. Some are based in chalets and others will be working in bars and restaurants, whilst others will be stationed in larger Club Hotels. You can get roles as head chefs, assistant chefs and kitchen assistants, but they all have similar good and bad points.

To give you a better idea of what is required from the three main types of chef in resort, we will break it down for you, so this piece is solely regarding Chalet Chefs.

Chalet Chef

Chalet Chefs will work within a small team and will mainly work within one chalet. This is a great job for anyone with cooking experience as you get to form a real bond within your small team and you get to see your clients eat your food and appreciate your work, which is always very fulfilling.

Chalets tend to have their own chefs as well as a host and some assistants. As the Chalet Chef, you will often be responsible for planning, budgeting and purchasing the food as well as preparing it and cooking it. You will more often than not be required to make breakfast most mornings for your clients. These will either be cooked breakfasts or continental breakfasts, but neither are too tricky, though they do involve getting up quite early.

You will also be required to supply your guests with an afternoon tea as well as evening meals on six nights of the week. Most chalets will serve a three or four course meal to their guests, so you should have a decent menu plan seared into your mind (or you could just write it down).

As well as the buying and preparing of food, you will also be required to ensure the kitchen is run properly and adheres to certain health and safety regulations. Another important responsibility involved ensuring the kitchen is kept nice and clean at all times. That means working on your own or with your colleagues to get the kitchen ship shape after every service.

People skills are very important as you are going to be working in close proximity to your guests. You will want to be able to put them at ease and your whole chalet team should work hard to ensure your guests’ stay is as comfortable as possible.

When it comes to time on the slopes, you should be able to get out and board on at least four or five days in the week and you will also get one full day off a week. Chalet Chefs can often be looking at picking up a decent-ish salary and you also get the perk of tips too. And, you can always drink any booze that your guests leave in the chalet, which is a great money saver.

As with most chalet jobs you will need to have good time keeping skills and will need to be used to getting up early to start work in the mornings. Being organised is also imperative as you will no doubt be working in a small confined space. Obviously, professional catering experience is a huge bonus, but if you have brilliant cooking skills then you may be lucky enough to get the gig without too much past experience. Budgeting skills are important and, as with most jobs in resort, you will need to be OK living in close quarters with your colleagues.

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