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Why is there a specific ski chalet cookery course? How different is cooking for a ski chalet to say a pub or restaurant?
This course teaches the students how to prepare a menu based around a week or two weeks when families come on a skiing holiday. This course also provides the students with great life skills for the future. Working in a chalet is more intermit and you really get to know your clients and who you are cooking for so you can build a good relationship.
What does your chalet cookery course consist of and how varied are the dishes I will learn?
We do eight, three course meals, ten complex and ornate mains, desserts and afternoon tea. We cover a broad range of cooking methods that can be used for a variety of dishes.
How many people are likely to be on the course at the same time as me and will be in the kitchen all of the time?
The course ranges from roughly 5 to 10 students at a time spending from 8.30am to 4pm in the kitchen cooking their own breakfast, lunch and dinner. A chef tutor will be in the kitchen at all times guiding the students through all the dishes and assisting where necessary.
Do you offer any support with job hunting following completion of the course, for example, links to any ski companies?
At the end of the week we sit down with the students and provide them with template menu plans for them to complete, a list of recommended ski companies to approach with sample interview questions. We go through with the students what they should look for when choosing a company to approach, the type of questions they should be asking and also how to write their CV to make sure it stands out. With the menu planning we also teach the students to think about how to provide a balanced menu to give their clients a good choice and nutritious meals.
Do I need strong cooking experience to take part in the course and what's the one piece of advice you would give to someone looking to work a season cooking in chalets?
Organisation is key, don’t underestimate the volume of work. The guest experience and satisfaction is paramount and important to always think about. Our courses cater for all levels from beginners to confident cooks.
Once graduated, do you offer the ability to take part in a more advanced course or learn different cooking skills?
We offer over 20 different cooking courses at the school so plenty for them to choose from if they wish to advance their skills and learn new cuisines or focus on specific techniques.
Chalet Cooks Course
At the Abinger, you'll build your confidence and culinary skills and learn to create and present contemporary dishes to a fine-dining standard. We love to have fun with food and all of our courses are hands-on, practical and inspired! We offer both 5 & 10 Day Chalet Cooks Courses.
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