Alpine365 is looking for a Chalet Couple – Chef & Host from December 2018 – end of April 2019
High wage + 2 days off a week + holiday pay + full ski pack + accommodation/food + bonus
We’re looking for experienced and enthusiastic couples to run and manage one of our chalets in La Plagne. If a couple, you will ideally be married, or have been together for at least two years. One of the couple will be a chef, the other will be our chalet host – you would, between you, be responsible for managing an individual chalet.
The chef must be passionate about food and beautiful presentation, professionally trained with restaurant experience, preferably with fine dining knowledge, and happy to design his or her own menu within a budget. With a maximum of 12 to cook for, the chef will have time to add some creative garnishes and plate up beautifully. Although we offer a high level of dining, we don’t ask our chefs to spend all day in the kitchen, preparing 7-course tasting menus – and therefore, this position is highly sought-after as you will get plenty of time to ski.
The chalet host will be professional, presentable and friendly, and their role will involve looking after our highly-valued guests, making them feel welcome and happy in the chalet that will become their home for the week. Your main role will involve maintaining extremely high standards of cleanliness, which will involve daily cleaning throughout the chalet. You will also be “front of house” at meals, ensuring that the quality of the food delivered by the chef is matched by your levels of service. Previous experience in catering and hospitality is a real bonus, but not a prerequisite for an applicant with the right level of drive, a positive outlook to work, and an ability to get on with people of all ages, from children to grandparents.
Offering warm hospitality and looking after guests during their stay
Creating a weekly menu to include breakfast with cooked option, afternoon tea with homemade cakes, and a 4-course evening meal, six days a week (including cheese course)
Canapés or amuse-bouche at least twice a week
Preparing, laying out, plating up and clearing of all meals
Daily cleaning and tidying of the chalet (making beds, cleaning bathrooms, kitchen and any shared space in the chalet)
Weekly cleaning of chalet on change-over day, preparing for the arrival of new guests
Cleaning and maintaining the hot tub
Weekly stock-take, and shopping for food, according to a budget and guest levels
Maintaining and observing all hygiene, health and safety standards
Clearing snow and ice from steps, paths and parking spots
Preparing kindling and laying and lighting fires most evenings
Occasional driving of guests in company vehicles to and from ski lifts
Arranging and delivering list passes to guests as required by Alpine365
Ad-hoc other duties as required
A couple – either married or you have been together for at least 2 years
Professionally trained with fine dining experience – chef
Extremely professional, friendly and personable
Excellent organisational skills
UK Bank account
Bags of personality
You can expect:
We offer a very strong package for the right staff:
High weekly wage
Two days off per week (one full day, two half days)
Additional performance related bonus at end of season
5% commission on any staff-generated bookings (can be worth £1,000s!)
Access to customer tips – can be over €200 per week per chalet
Operation of chalet honesty bar – all sales profit for staff, often €100+ per chalet per week
Depending on the chalet, the accommodation will either be your own apartment or a bedroom & own bathroom in a shared chalet.
Travel to and from the UK to the resort
All relevant pre-season training
Full Paradiski (Les Arcs and La Plagne) season lift pass
Specialist ski insurance
All meals, taken at the chalet/apartment
Ski hire equipment, if required
Subsidised ski lessons (in low season)
The chance to experience a great, French ski resort and live in the mountains for 5 months!
Please email us your CVs, menu plan, photos of yourselves plus any photos of your food, if you have any.
Now in our 11th season, Alpine365, owned and run by Duncan & Toorna Salmon, is a friendly, family-run independent chalet company offering memorable skiing holidays in the Paradiski with a real emphasis on genuinely personal and flexible customer service, along with beautifully presented, gourmet dining.
We have 5 lovely ski-in/ski-out chalets with ensuite rooms, a log fire, an outdoor hot tub, and commanding views of the piste and the mountains.
We have a very high number of returning guests, who adore our food & service; we were nominated as UK Best Chalet Company in the Daily Telegraph 2014 World Snow Awards; we are the only company in our resort to only employ professional chefs; and we receive consistently excellent 5* tripadvisor reviews.
We understand that having great staff is one of the most important factors of a great skiing holiday, so we take recruitment very seriously. We want people that join our friendly team to get the best training, feel appreciated, feel proud of where they work, and ultimately have a great time in the Alps – and over the years, we have been lucky to have a high number of returning staff.
If you have a can-do attitude and an ability to work as hard as you play, then we’d love to talk to you. Here at Alpine365, we’re only a small business, so you would be a core part of our small team, and unlike in much larger firms you will have an opportunity to make a real difference!