Cookery Schools

To work a season for Alpine Action in a Chalet, it is essential that either one half of a couple or our independent chalet hosts have cooking qualifications, professional cooking experience or be under taking a chalet styled cookery course. This is because you will need to be confident in providing your clients with delicious cuisine during their holiday. This includes a cooked breakfast; home baked afternoon tea, children’s high tea, canapés and a 3 course evening meal 6 days a week. You should be well presented with a flexible happy attitude. There are many different courses and we have listed a few here.

The Abinger Cookery School

At the Abinger Cookery School, our signature Chalet Cooks Courses are like no other. W​e believe that one of the main elements of an enjoyable chalet experience is the consumption of good quality food.

Our intensive syllabus aims to give our students a thorough overview of working and cooking in a chalet, incorporating basic to intermediate cookery training, knife skills, menu planning, sourcing ingredients, budgeting, time management, meal service, and an overall general view of life in the Alps.

We will teach you the skills necessary for cooking for large numbers, how to be organised and efficient in the kitchen, so as to maximise your free time on the mountain, and how to maintain your chalet throughout the winter, to make your life easier on changeover days and at the end of season.​

Orchards Cookery is a multi-award winning cookery school that specialises in training and recruiting Chalet Cooks.  The five day or two week residential courses are intensive but great fun with dinner parties in the evenings…. There is an art to being a great Chalet Cook. We will show you how to master it, enabling you to get the most out of both your job and life in the mountains. With many seasons of experience in the chalet industry and working alongside ski companies we have designed a course to train the perfect chalet host.​

The Chalet cooking course covers all aspects of work in the ski industry but, first and foremost, cooking techniques are patiently and thoroughly taught. Once cooking skills are established, the course covers all aspects of hosting, budgeting and shopping as well as menu planning and chalet cleaning. ​

Cambridge Cookery School

Our 7 and 14-day Chalet Chef courses are among the toughest in the UK and puts in place rigorous classic cooking techniques guaranteed to see novice cooks through a rewarding ski or yacht season.​



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