Seasonal job in the mountains leads to new life
Another day, another guest blog article, and we’re sticking with the ski and snow theme (with a nice portion of food thrown in!).
Laura’s love of cooking inspired her to take on a seasonal job in the mountains, which shaped her and her family’s future forever, and was the catalyst for a new business and adventure:
Bonjour! I’m Laura. I write a blog about moving to the French Alps with my family.
It’s been a bold move. People say ‘you’re brave’. I sense some think we’re bonkers.
I’ve done this to create a better life for us. To enrich our children’s lives with culture, a new language and plenty of outdoor adventures.
My love for the mountains started at the age of 20.
I was chef de partie at a hotel in the Midlands. We had 3 AA rosettes and going for 1 Michelin. I’d been working full-on, and it was breaking me. I wanted to experience more of life. And knew I could use my cooking skills to help get me there. It just so happened that ski companies were recruiting at this point.
I made my way to London for a cooking interview. It was a dinner party at the director’s house, so pressure was on.
I remember bundling myself on the train loaded with ingredients. I was ready for this! I’d been asked to prepare a birthday cake and a three-course meal. I’d already cooked the cake base, ready to layer with mascarpone, berries and fresh whipped cream – neatly smothered all over. I finished it with piped ‘Happy birthday’ in chocolate.
I heard relatively quickly I’d been accepted. With a placement in Courchevel 1850. To work in a 12-guest chalet, along with a co-host.
That winter embedded great memories for me. It made me realise I could cope on my own. I felt grown-up. And I can honestly say the experience that season has structured my life.
I returned to the UK, after completing a handful of seasons. And happy I did.
My seasonal job in the mountains changed everything. My two children have fond memories of our close family and friends. But now it’s time for a new start: a French start.
To keep up with Laura’s adventures, read her blog.
Bonjour! I’m Laura (Lolli).
I’ve recently ditched my comfort blanket and moved across the sea to France with my husband and two children.
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