by Fiona Bell | 19th October 2023
A cookery course is a fantastic way to prepare yourself for a season working in a chalet in the Alps.
Choosing a course which has a specific focus on chalet hosting can be invaluable, as you’ll not only learn culinary skills enabling you to have confidence cooking for larger groups, but some extra chalet essentials like minimising food waste, dealing with dietary requirements, and tips on cooking at altitude.
Below are some of our recommendations…
Run by Mel Lowe, Snowcooks offers a fantastic 7 day residential course in a real alpine chalet in Peisey in the French Alps. This makes Snowcooks a great option for a realistic chalet host experience!
The course not only covers the various aspects of chalet catering, but you’ll also learn about extra chalet practicalities like hosting, managing guests, housekeeping and welcome speeches.
Fresh Tracks Chalet Hosting and Cookery School is arguably as close to the real thing as you can get without leaving the UK.
Located in Northern Cornwall, Fresh Tracks offer a practical and comprehensive week-long residential course, which will really set you up to make the most of your winter season! Online courses also available.
The Avenue Cookery School are based in Wandsworth London and offer a wide array of cookery courses. Their popular and fun 2-week Chalet Host Cooking Course covers all vital aspects of working as a Chalet Host, including cooking techniques, budgeting, how to host your chalet and the ever-important cleaning!
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There’s not much that Fiona doesn’t know about ski holidays. A catered chalet guest since the tender age of 3, she’s also done just about every job in resort. A mine of useful information, you can count on Fiona for recommendations, top tips and straightforward, no-nonsense advice.