The Chalet Host Cooking Course is aimed at students wishing to complete a ski season (or yacht season) as a chalet host. The course has been tailored specifically to help those needing to gain the required skills to work in a Chalet or in other hosting jobs. Covering all aspects including; cooking, hosting skills, budgeting, shopping, menu planning and cleaning.
We have been running this popular Chalet Host Cooking Course since 2004. It is aimed at students wishing to complete a ski season as a chalet host but is also suitable for anyone wanting to work as a private cook/host in any industry, including the yachting industry. The course has been carefully tailored to help those needing to gain the required skills to work as a host.
Provided you have reached the required Avenue standard, ‘The Avenue Chalet Host Cooking Course Certificate’ is awarded and we will help you to land your dream hosting job. Having been in the industry for years we have excellent links with many companies in the ski industry, which means we are aware of their changing requirements with regards to employment. This inside knowledge enables us to help you through the recruitment process, which we do by giving helpful tips in writing your CV and cover letter as well as checking it over for you before application. We help as much as we can but don’t forget securing a job is down to you and the work you put in!
Our head chefs at The Avenue have completed their own ski seasons and are therefore very familiar with the demands of the job as well as the fabulous opportunities to be gained on the slopes. We have designed this two-week Chalet Host Cooking Course to prepare you in the most professional, effective and exciting way to ensure that you have confidence in a chalet and therefore can complete your job to the best of your ability. Think of The Avenue Chalet Host Cooking Course Certificate as your passport to the mountains!
Each day will begin with a demonstration about what you will be cooking in the morning, which will include your lunch amongst many other things. After lunch you will have an afternoon demonstration followed by more hands-on cooking.
Each day’s layout is the same and will be filled with different recipes each day. The first Thursday you will hold a dinner party for friends and family, everyone getting to invite a couple of guests each. As a team you will cook and host the evening yourselves while all your guests mingle round the dining table – don’t forget you are the hosts so you have to manage your work effectively so you can be there for your guests!
You will cover hosting skills, menu planning and how to clean properly!
You will receive an Avenue Chalet Host Bible and the means to complete your Food Safety Level 2. We will also help you to land your dream job for your season with one of our many Ski Company affiliates.
Worried about missing jobs due to attending the course later in the Summer? – If you book early in the year for a class in October say, you won’t be jeopardising your chances of getting a job! In fact, you could be attending interviews before you even come to The Avenue. Companies will still accept your application and can place you in a role on condition that you complete The Avenue Chalet Host Course.
Last minute – worried of job availability? If you happen to book the course later in the summer don’t panic, companies can be recruiting right up until the start of the season and there is always a job somewhere! You will need to work hard and be proactive but we will try our utmost to help you find that job!
N.B. To work for the big ski companies you will require an English NI number however there are other ski companies out there that you can apply to but if you have any questions with regards to this please get in touch.
If you haven’t already, we highly recommend gaining some experience in the hospitality industry such as in a restaurant, bar or cafe before applying to jobs for the winter season.
If you have already mastered the basics of cooking, you can join straight into week 2 for our 1 week Intermediate Cookery Course to just spruce up your already obtained skills. If you aren’t sure if you have enough experience get in touch with Sophie here.
If you want to take the full two week course but you can’t do consecutive weeks, we can take split bookings for different weeks just get in touch.
For those paying for accommodation you will stay at an amazing family run B&B that we have worked closely with for years.
Rooms will be separate male or female shared rooms. A guaranteed private room can be arranged at an extra cost, just message Sophie for details.
For those who live further afield there are options of arriving Sunday night and staying for the full 2 weeks or just the week nights. If you would like more lights just get in touch.
Breakfast will be provided every morning and dinner will be provided every weekday evening. If you are staying Sunday night you will need to eat before you arrive.
Address: The Avenue Cookery School, 3 Enterprise Way, Wandsworth, London SW18 1FZ
Get a ‘stamp’ for each class you book and for each friend you recommend. 10 stamps = a free class!
If you want to buy a class as a present but can’t think of a specific date then you can buy a voucher that is redeemable for 1 year here.
Want to hold a spot on one of these courses? You can pay a deposit today & pay later! Get in touch with Sophie.
What We Offer
- Efficient and intensive training
- Professional knowledge and experience
- Hands-on cooking
- Knowledge of dietary requirements
- Tips for hosting, cooking and cleaning
- Wine tasting and origins of alcohol talk
- The Avenue Chalet Host Cooking Course Certificate
- Ski company introductions, see our affiliates here
- Fun kitchen environment
- Help through the recruitment process including CV and cover letter check
- Ingredients & equipment all provided
- The Avenue Chalet Host Bible
- Food Safety Level 2 Certificate
- An Avenue Cookbook
- An Avenue Apron
- Knife skills
- Stock rotation
- Fridge management
- Kitchen hygiene
- Menu planning
- Knowledge of wine
- Time planning
- Customer Service
- Cooking for dietary requirements
- Knowledge of international cuisines
- Anything extra that anyone wants to know!!
Monday – Wednesday 9am – 5pm (lunch included)
Thursday 9am – 9pm (lunch and dinner included)
Friday 10am – 4pm (breakfast and lunch included)
Monday – Thursday 9am – 5pm (lunch included)
Friday 9am – 4pm (breakfast and lunch included)
N.B. One agreed evening will cover hosting skills
Terms & Conditions Apply
Please contact Sophie for further details