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Second Chef

POSTED ON 20 May 2024
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Snowcoach is an independent family run company established in 1978, operating a hotel in the French Alps offering friendly, good value skiing/snowboarding holidays. We have many returning clients, year on year, which we think says a lot about our holidays and, most importantly, our staff!

We are looking for a Second Chef who would relish a position with the opportunity to ski/board, who is not afraid of hard work and has the commitment to exceed client expectations, as well as having a sense of fun.  The kitchen team includes a head chef and two kitchen assistants.

We serve our meals as a “dinner party” style of catering with variations/alternatives for vegetarians/pescatarians and vegans. We do not offer an a la carte menu.  Our tables seat 12 people.  Most courses are not plated but served at the table by a member of staff who sits and eats with the guests. The vegetables and potatoes/rice/pasta are dished up in serving dishes for the clients to help themselves. Some starters or deserts that lend themselves to being plated, are served as plated. 

Duties include:


·         Work as a team with the head chef to prepare and deliver wholesome high-quality meals for all clients and staff (buffet-style breakfast, home-made afternoon cakes, 4-course evening meal with wine (starter, main, dessert and cheese board). Childrens’ suppers provided as necessary during peak weeks.  Meals are served 7 days a week and are based on English menus.

  • Act as head chef a minimum of once a week with additional cover as necessary.
  • Responsible for high levels of kitchen and food hygiene standards.
  • Provide supervision and training in kitchen hygiene standards and health and safety to all staff involved in food preparation and kitchen/restaurant cleaning.
  • Ensure kitchen and storage areas are clean and safe, meeting statutory health and safety requirements.
  • Client satisfaction is monitored through the weekly collation of client questionnaires which are evaluated and sent to resort.
  • Support other hotel operations as and when required.

Salary and Benefits

In addition to working for an independent, family run firm with over forty years’ experience where you are a valued member of the team and not just a number, the main benefits are:

  • Competitive salary
  • Meals and accommodation
  • Free or subsidised travel to and from resort
  • Full ski lift pass - whole area
  • Skis and boots from our in-house ski shop or servicing of your own equipment
  • Medical insurance if applicable
  • Uniform
  • Hotel bar discount
  • Generous family and friends holiday discount
  • Going skiing/boarding!

 What we are looking for:

  • Possession of an EU or UK passport. (For UK nationals working in France we have to obtain a work permit on your behalf and a visa, unless you have a Carte de Sejour.  All staff will be on a French contract.)
  • NVQ Level 2 or equivalent catering qualification.
  • A current valid HACCP hygiene certificate is desirable.
  • Previous experience in kitchen, hospitality and customer service industries.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and time-management skills.
  • Previous experience in mentoring/training teams is desirable.
  • French language skills are desirable.
  • Full driving licence and experience of driving overseas/mountains is desirable.
  • Confident in a pressurised kitchen environment.
Snowcoach valmeiner january 2024 staff 8

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