We are looking for a personable and experienced chef and host couple for a privately-owned luxury ski chalet in Les Houches, Chamonix. The chalet is primarily used by the owners but will also be rented to guests on a fully catered basis for certain weeks during the season.
This is the perfect role for a hardworking couple with experience in fine-dining, who is also outgoing, enthusiastic and keen to enjoy a ski season.
You will be part of a four-person team, working alongside a chalet manager and driver.
creating menus on a weekly basis, tailored specifically to the guests
responsible for offering a cooked breakfast to order, afternoon tea, canapés and formal evening meal
catering for all guests special dietary requirements
catering for children in the evening (including early dinners when required)
maintaining food hygiene, general health & safety standards in the kitchen and dining areas
keeping the kitchen clean, tidy and presentable at all times
responsible for coordinating staff meals
coordinate ordering and buying of food
managing the food budget
advising on drink requirements and ordering as required and managing drink budget in conjunction with chalet manager
working closely with the Chalet Manager and other staff
being a customer facing member of the team and presenting the chalet to clients in the best possible manner
coordinating activities of the kitchen including food preparation and service
training staff to assist and serve
training staff to serve breakfast on your day off and to provide emergency cover, if ever required
service of breakfast, afternoon tea and evening meal including service of wines and other beverages
daily housekeeping of the whole chalet with support from colleagues
assisting with food preparation and washing up
welcoming the guests into the chalet on their arrival and ensuring that your guests feel at home in the chalet and feel they are able to seek your assistance with anything that they require
proactive communication with guests to ensure all queries are answered and any special requests are met at the earliest opportunity.
being the first contact for guest queries, grievances, complaints and maintenance problems and then trying to address these issue and reporting all guest queries, grievances, complaints and maintenance problems to the Chalet Manager
The ideal candidates
Experienced in working in a fine-dining environment
Confident and outgoing
Passionate about both cooking and skiing
previous service/waiting experience, silver service training is an advantage
previous customer service experience
previous experience within the ski industry is an advantage
appreciation of the standards expected in a luxury chalet
excellent interpersonal skills
excellent organisation/time management skills
conversation French would be a benefit
a strong work ethic
ability to work well and socialise as part of a team
basic cooking skills are a benefit
Driving license a benefit
Accommodation, food, ski pass, skis / board, UK travel and uniform included.
Accommodation is by way of a live-in room that will be shared with the host; so if you’re a suitable candidate with a friend or partner that is an experienced host, this would be great
5 ½ days a week – breakfast and dinner service plus preparation of afternoon tea
One day off plus a morning off
Hours may vary depending on guest requirements but typically 7 – 10 in the morning and 6 – 10 in the evening, shopping and preparation time as required to deliver the service levels expected.