The benefits of taking a course prior to your season are obvious. You will be more
confident in cooking for large groups (you might end up cooking for 15 or 20 people),
and will be better equipped to attain the level of quality expected by your employer.
If you attend a course specifically for training chalet staff you will get to know
about the potential mishaps involved with the difference in cooking time for eggs
for example (even when they are in a cake). Cooking for large numbers, often in
a small kitchen, takes some getting used to and a course can just take the edge
off the nerves when presented with it for the first time. Having completed a course
prior to application will certainly strengthen your chances. The organisations listed
below provide cooking and catering courses for all eventualities.
Mountain Chefs is a UK cookery school with a difference. We are devoted to training
people ot work in the ski industry. We pride ourselves on our reputation and our
ability to deliver the best chalet staff to the waiting ski tour operators in the
Alps. Our courses take place in both France and the UK. We equip you with the culinary
and chalet operation skills to allow you to delight your ski guests with gourmet
cuisine and a smooth running chalet. If you are looking for the best ski season
job doing something you love, then a Mountain Chef course is exactly what you are
looking for. We work with gap year students and mature candidates, including those
taking a sabbatical, and people looking for a life change or individuals in pursuit
of a "golden gap year"! We also take exceptional 18 year olds on our courses. Our
courses qualify for the Duke of Edinburgh Residential Project.
Mountain Chefs offers Chalet Chef courses that are thorough and practical – teaching
you the art of gourmet cooking as well as how to run the perfect chalet. After completion
of our Chalet Chef course, your professional cooking skills will give you more mountain
hours and a more satisfying ski season. At Mountain Chefs, you are taught by a qualified
British Head Chef with many seasons of Alpine cooking experience. And, as part of
your course fee, we take a very proactive role in your job placement, working with
only with the best ski companies. Get in touch to find out more! We're always happy
For more information on our courses or to discuss your options for obtaining a ski season job, please ring Victoria at 01908 692918. E-mail Victoria at email@example.com or visit our web site at:
Crystal Cookery Course
During the summer we will be running cookery courses specifically designed to prepare
you for the season ahead, even including cooking Christmas Dinner. Based in a complex
of 7 lovely chalets in La Plagne the course starts with an introduction to high
altitude cooking, and demonstrations of knife handling skills and basic food safety.
Our cookery trainers will then take you through some simple cookery techniques that
you will use throughout the week and season to come.
Throughout the course you will be preparing, presenting, trying and testing menus
within the chalet environment. You will be baking and serving afternoon tea and
being given all those tips and hints to make your chalet a perfect base for the
customers to really enjoy their ski holiday.
Our courses are priced at £550 and include your accommodation, all cookery ingredients,
and breakfast, lunch and dinner during the course. Also, if you successfully complete
a full season with crystal we will refund half the cost of the course! If you would
like to find out more about our Crystal Cookery Course please email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 02085412223.
The Old Rectory
If you want to gain the skills necessary to find a job in your gap year, working
as a ski chalet chef, then this course is for you. Our popular Essential Course
is also designed for anyone who is thinking of a career in catering, perhaps running
a pub, hotel or B&B, or maybe you just want to learn how to cook. This two-week
hands on course covers key skills for competent cookery. Starting with basic knife
skills and simple dishes, these busy cookery classes will show you much more than
just the classic methods for stocks, sauces and pastry. New ingredients will be
explored; tips on stylish presentation will be learnt along with guidelines for
balanced menu planning, hints on preparing ahead and good kitchen organisation.
At the end of the course you will have a good range of culinary skills and confidence
to tackle any recipe. The essential course is designed for any enthusiastic person
who wants to immerse themselves in cookery with like minded individuals to widen
their repertoire and improve their skill level. With our small classes of a maximum
of 8 students you will have lots of individual attention. Situated in the village
of Bentley on the Surrey/Hampshire borders, about 40 miles from London.
Tel: 01420 520528
Improve your Chalet cookery skills and get a job in the alps
So you want to spend a season in the Alps - why would a chalet company choose you
out? Enhance your prospects of doing your dream season by enrolling on one of our
We teach you about the different aspects of running your own chalet you will learn
to cook recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, nutritious and tasty. You will
learn basic cookery techniques that will enable you to prepare your food with the
minimum of hassle. You will learn about cooking at altitude, along with sessions
on shopping, cleaning, accounting and resort life.
We are fortunate enough to run our courses in Chalet Gourmet, which offers a fully
equipped kitchen. Learning in this environment will help with the understanding
of running a real chalet.
Courses running through September 2012
- Increase your cookery skills
- Learn how to cook quality meals with the minimum of fuss
- Assistance with menu planning, time planning and shopping
- Information on working and living abroad
- Have specialist theory sessions from budgeting to local wine and cheese tasting
- Also... enjoy Morzine
- Tuition from experienced Ski personnel
- 7 nights' accommodation in Chalet Gourmet
- Continental breakfast
- Lunch, afternoon tea and dinner every night
- Recipe book with notes on aspects of the course
- All cooking ingredients
- Wine and cheese tasting
- The Ski Weekends Cookery Course apron
- Hot tub maintenance training
- Interviews with established tour operators
What's not included...
- Transfers to and from Geneva airport.
- Travel and personal insurance
- Any activities you wish to do
£545 per person.
How to enrol
Contact our UK Office on 02380 206978
Here at our state-of-the-art, purpose-built Cookery School on the beautiful Colesbourne
Park Estate, just 10 minutes from Cheltenham, we run residential ski chalet cookery
courses to put you ahead of the rest.
- we’ll teach you the skills to efficiently manage a chalet - so that you can make
the most of your spare time on the slopes!
- tuition from highly skilled professional chefs, who are dedicated to teaching at
the highest standard
- a maximum of 12 students per class, ensuring you get plenty of individual attention
- luxury en-suite accommodation with flat-screen TVs and free WiFi, in rooms annexed
to the Colesbourne Inn Country Pub
- assistance finding your ideal job utilising our links with specialised chalet recruitment
agencies in European ski resorts
Our ski chalet courses cover:
Afternoon Tea - Baking - Breakfast - Budgeting - Canapés - Children’s Meals - Cocktails
- CV Tips - Desserts - Dietary Requirements - Evening Meals - Housekeeping - Interview
Techniques - Kitchen Safety - Knife Skills - Main Meals - Menu Planning - Shopping
- Side Dishes - Soup - Starters - Table Laying - Table Service
T: 01242 870538 or
visit our website
The Ultimate Chalet Host Cookery Course
An affordable one week hands on course to teach you everything you need to know
about running a successful chalet with style and the minimum of fuss. Learn quick,
easy recipes, for large numbers, cooking at altitude. Tips on menu planning, shopping,
budget control, health & safety, living in the alps, the life of a chalet host,
language skills and tricks of the trade to maximise ski time. Based in a luxury
chalet in La Rosiere, France, with qualified and experienced tutors, you cook in
a real chalet kitchen and sit down to dine with your guests, just like you will
in your chalet. This is truly THE MOST AUTHENTIC CHALET COOKERY COURSE available.
Click the link above, call us on 01342 302 910 or
The Orchards School
The Orchards School of Cookery specialises in training and recruiting chalet cooks
to work in ski resorts. The School is well recognised and with its contacts in the
chalet industry is able to help and advise students with recruitment. Ski companies
visit the school to interview students. To date they have 100% success rate at recruiting
The Orchards School of Cookery was No.4 in the ‘Top 25 Cookery Schools in Europe’
published by Waitrose Food Illustrated in January. “If you don’t have time to ski
to your heart's content and make the most of the aprés ski, what is the point of
putting up with the cold”
For further information please telephone Isabel on 01789 490 259, email Isabel@orchardscookery.co.uk
or visit www.orchardscookery.co.uk