We are looking for experienced and enthusiastic chefs to work in our larger chalets (8-16 guests) in Val d’Isère, France
This is the perfect position for an experienced chef wanting to enjoy a winter season whilst being given the opportunity to do some top-end cooking. Once we can see that you know what you are doing, you’ll be given a free hand to serve more or less whatever you like. The budget is generous and our guests are pretty foodie. You won’t get rich, though most of our chefs almost double their salary through tips, and you’ll have five or six hours to ski or snowboard six days a week. It’s a wonderful life. One of our top chefs is on his sixteenth season!
Even our training course is more useful than you might imagine. Cooking at 6,000ft changes a lot, because nothing boils at the same temperatures, and a month of cooking shoulder to shoulder with other chefs gives you an unusual opportunity to see their techniques and taste their food. No-one leaves our course feeling it wasn’t worth the effort (especially as you are paid for doing it!). Many of our chefs spend their summers working in luxury yachts and villas, an ideal accompaniment to working ski seasons.
Chalet Chefs cook breakfast, afternoon tea and three-course evening meals with canapés six days a week. It’s hard work, with early starts but also a great opportunity for creative chefs wishing to work in a relaxed and supportive environment, where your menus are met with appreciation day-in-day-out by your chalet guests.
We welcome applications from individuals, and also from couples who wish to run a chalet together. For this to work, however, one of you must be a qualified and experienced chef and the other must apply to be a Chalet Assistant. Please complete the relevant forms for each position and send a covering email explaining that you wish to work together. This is the only combination of jobs available for couples.
In addition to a reasonable wage and the chance to ski or snowboard six days a week, we provide travel from the UK to Val d’Isère and back, accommodation, food, medical insurance, a ski pass, and the loan of skis or snowboard and boots.
Please read the Recruitment Overview before applying to work for YSE. You must have a UK passport, a UK National Insurance Number and have worked in the UK, being paid through PAYE, before you apply.
How to apply
To apply as a Chalet Chef fill in our application form by clicking here. When you have filled in the form you MUST also fill in the Menu Planner by clicking here. We will not consider any application unless both the application form and the menu planner have been completed. You will receive a message saying your form and planner have been submitted successfully. If you don’t get this message, we won’t have received your form.
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