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6 months ago
Collett's Mountain Holidays
Salary: weekly wage of £120 per person per week
Location: Europe (non-UK), Italy
Job type: Seasonal
Contact: Phil Melia
Category: Catering Jobs, Chalet Host Jobs, Chef Jobs, Hospitality Jobs, Resorts Jobs, Summer Jobs

We are looking for an established couple or a pair of friends to run one of two  Alpine Chalets in the Dolomites of northern Italy, from Mid May until the end of September.

Collett's are a small, independent mountain holiday specialist, who have been operating in the Dolomites since 1998. We are looking for sociable, friendly and engaging people with a passion for food and a flair for cooking to join a small, friendly resort team, many of whom are returning staff, who know the chalets and the job well, and who would make the settling in period as easy as possible.

The Job

The chalets in question sleeps between 22 and 30 guests, and would entail cooking for up to 30 - 35 people. As well as the domestic management of the chalet (cleaning, food ordering etc.) you would be making breakfast and a three course evening meal six days a week, with one full day off.

The emphasis is on creating a home from home' atmosphere and providing excellent home cooked food' to a dinner party standard: it has to be special. You would very much be at the heart of our guests' holiday, eating with them each evening, and looking after them as if they were staying in your own home.

 

You would need to be great team players, tolerant, understanding and empathetic. The chalet is run by a team of seven people, one of whom is the Chalet Manager. The rest of the team are the Ski Host/Walk Organisers who accompany our guests on Organised Snowshoe Walks and Ski Days. They are also your fellow Hosts' in the chalet, with as much responsibility to the day to day running and hospitality as you. On a day to day basis they take it in turns to help with the domestic management of the place: cleaning, washing up, dinner service etc.

The relationships and hopefully, friendships, which develop as a result of working and living so closely with your colleagues are a big part of the seasonal experience for many people, and the sense of camaraderie and positive energy which is created is something our guests enjoy and comment on. 

If you have run chalets before and prefer to work alone in a kitchen, then this might not be your cup of tea. You have to embrace the team element of these chalets to make it work. What we offer to our guests could not be provided by two people alone.

 

Experience Required

One of you certainly needs to be a great cook or chef. We don't mind if you don't have formal qualifications but experience of cooking for numbers, particularly in a chalet situation, would then be vital.

Your food would have to be special! We pride ourselves on offering great home cooked food, to a dinner party standard. So as well as a great combination of tastes you also need to have a focus on good presentation.

Both of you need to be warm, engaging personalities who enjoy looking after people and who would relish creating a home from home atmosphere in the chalet.

Qualifications & other paperwork:

Although the job is based in Italy you would need to have the legitimate right to work in the UK. Practically this means you would both need to have:

  • British National Insurance Numbers
  • A British Bank account into which we could pay your wages

Qualifications / Certificates Needed

  • Current First Aid certificates
  • Current Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificates

Both of these can be done online if you don't already have them.

 

The Package

As well as a weekly wage of £120 we provide you with all meals (except the evening meal on the day off) accommodation, travel to and from resort & medical insurance, and a two-week period of orientation and training at the start of the season in the Dolomites. We also provide you with a 'mountain pass' for the local chairlifts and cable cars in the valley, which additionally give you discounts on local bus routes. Our local outdoor shops also offer our staff free bike hire in the afternoon, and free Via Ferrata kit hire.

The Dolomites in the summer

The Dolomites are effectively the south eastern corner of the main Alpine chain and boast superb access to walking trails, via ferrata and climbing routes, mountain biking and road cycling in one of the most awe-inspiring mountain ranges in the world.  Go to our main website to see what we offer to our guests and to get an idea of the amazing terrain that characterises the area.

Winter Season Opportunities

We enjoy the continuity of having many past staff members returning to us each season. Many people who do a summer are interested in staying on for the winter, when the dolomites are transformed into a winter wonderland, boasting one of the most extensive ski areas in the world.

To Apply

Use the form on this page to send in your details.

Attached to the form we ask you to send:

  • Your CV,
  • A Menu Plan for a three course evening meal, with a vegetarian option for each main course.
  • A photo so we can put faces to the voice when we speak to you by phone.

Ideally you would then be available at short notice for an informal interview in Saffron Walden, 12 miles south of Cambridge.  Alternatively we can arrange a  Skype interview if you are currently working outside of the UK.


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