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Ski Chalet Cookery Courses

Executive Chalet Chef

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.

Chalet Cook Training Companies

Mountain Chefs

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 to help.

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 or visit our web site at:

Black Diamond Lodge

Black Diamond Lodge offers our one week residential Chalet Cookery Course in Ste Foy, French Alps. Our course is held in actual chalet kitchens. We believe that chalet cookery and operations training in the Alps provides our students with the skills they need to work hard, play hard and enjoy an unforgettable ski season.

We have designed our week long course to mimic working a winter season, allowing you to fully understand the structure of a typical working day. In addition to cookery, we use the chalet environment to teach you critical chalet operation techniques you will need to work as a successful chalet host or chef. Five full days of cookery and chalet operations training with afternoon free time each day to enjoy Alpine activities including walking, cycling, white water sports or simply relaxing in our spa.

Black Diamond Chalet Cookery is run in conjunction with Venture Ski and delivered by qualified chefs and ski company Directors with over 30 years ski industry experience.

The Old Rectory Cookery School

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

The Orchards School of Cookery

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 their students.

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 or visit

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