A small proportion of our guests now need or wish to eat different food from the rest of their party. If you request a different diet, we will be able to offer one alternative meal so that the normal meal or this alternative will be suitable for vegetarians, vegans, dairy free, no red meat or no onions/no garlic (see the Different Diets page to see the full list).
If a diet is more complicated than those mentioned above, we may have to make a charge for special ingredients but we will let you know in advance. If you want us to buy in special non-dairy milks and yoghurts please let us know.
There are some diets we cannot cater for. We regret that we do not have the separate fridges, etc., required for Kosher diets, we do not have access to Halal meats, and we cannot guarantee that our chalets will be nut-free.
2023-24 will be YSE’s thirty-second winter season (as we can’t count 2020-21), and we honestly believe our cooking has steadily improved from year to year. Murray, our head chef, author of cookbooks, cooking vlogger, superyacht chef and former cookery school director, creates all the menus and oversees all food served in our chalets. Last season we trialled a new system, having Murray and another chef portion and prepare the more complicated elements of our food centrally, then the chalet staff cook it in our chalets. This gives us more consistent quality and allows us to serve specialities beyond most cooks, such as sushi. All our food is fresh and prepared on a daily basis.
With dinner, we serve free unlimited quantities of a selection of very drinkable French AOC wine and vins de pays. This is, unfortunately, only with dinner, not breakfast, and we stop serving the wine when the coffee appears.
We also have a wine list from which you can buy everything from slightly smarter wine to Châteaux Giscours or de Meursault. We sell these wines at less than they cost because you are not drinking the house wine. The more you consume the more you save. Drink enough and you’ll pay for the holiday!
And if you prefer Dom Pérignon Krug Grande Cuvée, just give the girls the dosh. They’ll be happy to get some in for you.
We are confident that you’ll eat at least as well in our chalets as in any of the local restaurants or hotels. But the toughest comparisons tend to be with previous YSE holidays. ‘Yes, she’s a wonderful cook, but you can’t beat the hake, celeriac cream and charred leaks or the wonderful fried potato terrine canapé Alfie served in Chalet d’Isère, or the amazing Grand Marnier parfait India served in Chalet Tapia.’ It keeps us on our toes.
If you would live to invite guests not staying in your chalet to dinner, please see our Extra/Empty Beds page for details.
- tartiflette: a traditional Savoyarde dish of potato, reblochon cheese, lardons, onion and garlic, or a vegetarian version without the bacon.