Chalet Host Course Latest News
Soooo the big announcement !
We have now confirmed our course dates for 2018
Courses are planned for September and October.
Start dates as follows:
Course 1 8th September 2018
Course 2 15th September 2018
Course 3 22nd September 2018
Course 4 29th September 2018
We will add extra dates if we get the demand
We will have award winning Chef - Ross Chatburn....more info
The countdown to winter has well and truly started - and for those of you lucky enough to be doing a winter season, the packing preparations will undoubtedly have begun in a frenzy.
There's loads of advice out there on the internet, so we've trawled through all of that...and we've then added our own (pretty extensive) experience to compile this -
THE MOST definitive guide to packing for a winter season (ever)
How you are travelling to resort will....more info
bookings are now being taken for 2018 and we are busy, busy, busy!!!
What makes the chalet host course different from the rest? we think it's because of what we do.......
We provide you with our comprehensive THE chalet host course BIBLE which has several tried and tested 6 day menu plans, loads of advice on dietary requirements, translations and a whole lot more!
Win a free place on our course beginning on September 17th 2016!! All you have to do is like our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/THEchalethost course and then send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org telling us in 100 words or more why you should win this amazing prize. Please note this does not include flights & transfers. The lucky winner will be informed on August 10th.more info
Earn yourself an easy £50!
Did you know that if you as a previous student recommend a friend to our courses - you will get yourself £50 when they have paid the full balance. We still have places available on our 2016 courses, although they are booking up fast!
We have a lot of new recruiters booked in for 2016 - we think it'd be rude not to book your space - SOON!more info
New recruiters for 2016!
We've been chatting to one of our new recruiters for 2016 today - they want up to 11 staff from our courses this year! This is great news for our existing 2016 students and we are now asking the question at Tchc HQ - why pay £1000's to book a cookery course in the UK? You can pay a lot less for a complete Chalet Host course which covers all the aspects of chalet hosting in our traditional Alpine chalet at altitude with guaranteed interviews - we are....more info
THE chalet host course teams up with Snow-Camp!
Since 2003 snowsports youth charity Snow-Camp have supported over 5000 inner-city young people through their innovative snowsports based youth programmes. Since 2012, Snow-Camp's London programmes have been running at full capacity, and it is now the charities vision to expand and establish regular programmes running in five new cities within 2 years.
To date, Snow-Camp are delivering programmes across Scotland and have piloted programmes successfully in....more info
Today we've created our very own THE chalet host course YouTube channel and have uploaded our first two videos...
is the short and sweet version for those who fancy a taster menu...
is the 'behind the scenes' edit. This version includes almost ALL of the photos taken over the....more info
I believe this week was created especially for me...and all fellow like-minded chocolate-loving souls out there!
By way of celebration (on this the very last day of chocolate week - when I know I have to wait another 352 days until chocolate week 2016) I've uploaded some of the best loved chocolate recipes from THE chalet host BIBLE. http://www.chalethostcourse.co.uk/recipes.html
Firstly we have the new offering for this season which during....more info
Congratulations to our budding pudding chefs!
The best looking and tasting puddings as produced by the September students are listed below (every single one was lovingly tasted & photographed by me - Ralph didn't get a look in!).
Have I ever mentioned how much I love my job???
For the BEST EVER DESSERT RECIPE (as voted by the September students), you can click on
We are proud to announce that OVER 80% of our September students have already had AND accepted JOB OFFERS for this coming winter season! To be honest, we did have a great bunch of students, so we're pretty confident that there'll be more job offers in the making this week.
We reckon we may even smash our previous years'
90% SUCCESS RATE!
You'll be sure to hear about it when we do...
The next course runs on October 10th and we're still taking bookings at....more info
For their free afternoon this week, some of the students decided to go rafting with Evo2/Aqua Raft.
The other activities available are canyoning, parapenting, kayaking, hill walking, via ferrata and climbing - to name a few - but rafting has most definitely been the most popular with our students this year.
So, in a week of glorious sunshine, the students set off for Thonon on the one afternoon of rain, with the river in full flow - and they all had an AMAZING time! They talked about it non stop....more info
Want to know what our courses our REALLY like?
Our testimonials are on our 'About Us' page and feature quotes from our previous years' courses - but Emily Jones' blog has just appeared on planetski news and has been posted on Snowcamp's website. In it she recounts her experience from the course of the 5th September - warts n all! There's definitely been no punches held here - but honesty is the best policy! We like you to know what you're letting yourself in for - this is no....more info
Gluten free afternoon teas don't have to be any less tasty than the traditional chalet afternoon tea fare...as proven by these chocolate brownies that flew off the plate before the GF's could get a look in!!!
They're relatively simple to cook (maybe not as quick as a standard yoghurt cake but they're so good they're definitely worth the little bit of extra time). The recipe is super simple to follow even for non-foodies.
I promise you - these are seriously....more info
Last week's students were absolutely amazing - here's hoping we get more of the same to place in the coming weeks! More than 50% now have job offers, and my money's on the rest being plucked up before the end of next week!
A big thankyou to:
- Katie Carson
- Charlotte Seddon
- Harry Hughes
- Thori Ingles
- Amy James
- Chloe Horlock
- Chloe Pollock
- Matt Hill
- Sam Gee
- Michael Newns
- Marie.... more info
Hot off the press - Recipe for the amazing (and really quick) Salted Caramel Cheesecake topped with Toasted Almonds
As I promised a few weeks ago - here is the recipe for this season's Salted Caramel Cheesecake.
It took a few tries to get right...but I'm very happy with the result!
I did have a go at making it healthier (using reduced fat cheese and creme fraiche) but it just didn't hit the spot. The Bastogne biscuits are definitely the best speculoos for the base (I tried three different sorts - plus a mix with digestives!)...I really hope you can get them in the UK....more info
Today was the grand unveiling of this year's course book - which we have aptly named THE chalet host BIBLE.
We're exceptionally proud of this little work of art...it's a mammoth book that contains a whole host of expert tips and tricks from industry professionals. This book will be all you need to get you 'flying' through your winter season.
Within it's 180+ pages there are hundreds of recipes for you to chose from - all of which have been tried and tested in chalet....more info
These last weeks we've been busier than normal at THE chalet host course - lining up additional recruiters for all our lovely students who'll be joining us over the coming month...
Here we've posted some snaps taken in a couple of chalets we've been nosey-ing around...look nice and inviting don't they? Imagine what they could be like with the fire roaring, covered in fresh snow and smelling of homely cooking!
This could be you...living in the Alps for 5....more info
Whilst compiling THE chalet host BIBLE, we've been having the pleasure of testing out new recipes and obviously tasting them to ensure they're spot on...plus that they're easy enough to cook for at least 12 in a standard domestic kitchen, and that they're suitable for different dietary requirements!
THE chalet host BIBLE is a comprehensive guide to running your chalet, has 3 full weeks of menu plans with all the recipes and also contains heaps of tips.... more info
Interested in working a season?
For a limited period only, prices now start from
£449!!Would you like to improve your cookery skills & your job prospects? Spend a week in a beautiful French Alpine town with like minded people? Guarantee yourself interviews and hopefully come home with a job offer or two??! Yes????! ......... then why not book your place on one of our courses!
Book a share & save place on our 12th September course before.... more info
Of all the fish dishes we've tried and tested this summer - from Jamie's flashy fish stew, to roasted cod with lemon butter - this one came out on top, so it's made it into the main menu plan for this coming season!
We've chosen to serve it accompanied by cheesy herby garlic bread (heart warming, really filling and carb-tastic - just perfect after a hard day on the hill) and the veggie alternative is also a hit and really easy to make alongside...ideal for when you're cooking for a full chalet!....more info
Revamped for Season 2015/16!
Goats Cheese Bruschetta has always been a crowd pleasing starter - we've revamped it for the new menu plan (and had great fun testing/tasting).
With more pressure to deliver food to WOW guests in ever decreasing timescales - this one is most definitely a winner! Try it out!
2x200g Goats Cheese (like a roll of Sainte Maure)
1 standard sized tin of....more info
Due to popular demand, we are pleased to announce that we will be running an additional week of training from the 19th September.
Places still remain on the week of the 12th September, however, we no longer have any availability on the 29th August and we are down to the last two rooms on the week of the 5th September!
Book now - get guaranteed interviews - and take a step closer to your dream season in the snow!
Being a chalet host is a fabulous opportunity to spend 5 months in the mountains, to meet great new people, to ski or board pretty much daily & of course to really improve your culinary skills.
Every day is a bit different, but most follow a certain pattern. You have got responsibilities to your guests, to your team mates & to your line manager.
Your main tasks will include keeping the chalet clean & tidy & of course preparing delicious meals, this is normally 2 meals a day plus an afternoon tea cake.
When it became apparent that I'd have to start testing out new cheesy products for our French Cheese themed week, I was slightly apprehensive. Don't get me wrong - I love the testing/tasting part of my job (check out the Twitter or FB link)... it was just the 'CHEESE' bit that freaked me out.
To put this into perspective and give you some background - I have a serious weakness for the stuff. I suppose it would be fair to say that I'm a cheese addict...and whilst I've been on the wagon for some....more info
People continually ask us 'how do I get my dream ski job?'
Well, there are lots of answers to this - here's just some of them:-
No relevant experience - prospective employers do look at all CV's for customer facing experience, i.e. hotel, bar, restaurant, café, kitchen, shop etc.. We'd suggest getting some part time work in a customer facing environment that fits in with studies.
Make your CV stand out from the 100's of others! Spend some quality time on it and proof....
Today's chalet hosts need not only to be able to dish up a culinary feast to compare with restaurant food (whilst cooking for 12 in a kitchen smaller than the one in my 1 bed apartment) - they also need to be able to deal with a wide variety of dietary requirements that just didn't exist when I did my first season hosting at the turn of this century!
In the bygone winter seasons of old, (ie: pre 2005) chalet hosts had been known to cry real tears if the devilish word....more info
We are pleased to announce that THE Chalet Host Course website is now live and ready to process your enquiries.
Our courses have run since 2012 and we have had OVER A 90% SUCCESS RATE at finding winter season jobs for our students. Whilst we can't guarantee everyone who attends the course a job, if you have enthusiasm, a willingness to learn and the drive to do a ski season - you will undoubtedly prove yourself during the week and you should go home with at least a job offer or....more info