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Luxury Chalet Chef


Silver Swan Recruitment
Salary band: Any
Location: UK, Europe (non-UK), Austria, France, Meribel
Job type: Seasonal
Contact: Philippa Smith
Category: Catering Jobs, Chef Jobs, Hospitality Jobs, Resorts Jobs, Ski Jobs
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We are recruiting a chalet chef for a luxury chalet company in Meribel.

The Chef works alongside the Chalet Manager, Chalet Assistant(s) (where applicable) and the Chalet Assistant/Driver to manage his/her assigned chalet on a day-to-day basis, ensuring that the guests' needs are met at all times while maintaining the Company's standards. The chef's primary responsibility is for the provision of exceptional quality food and drinks. We truly aim to deliver the best food in the Alps, and arguably succeed in this - we won The Times Chalet Chef 2010 award - "upmarket category". So we are serious about our food and have very high standards! The hours are long and the job is physically and emotionally demanding and you need to be good at working as part of a team.  You must have extremely high work standards, be customer-focused, self motivated, take pride in your work at all times and be conscientious. No shopping required! Also, limited budgeting and reporting.

 

Previous Experience

Applicants should hold a recognised cooking qualification (e.g., City & Guilds 7061/2, NVQ level 3 or equivalent) and MUST demonstrate at least 4 years post-qualification experience in the professional kitchens of restaurants of 3 AA rosette standard or equivalent, having held chef de partie or more senior positions. Previous chalet work is not required and while spoken French is not necessary, it can be an advantage. Applicants who get through the initial screening processes will probably be asked to cook a test dinner.

 

Main Duties

Service: General

   Contacts guests (party leaders) by telephone before their arrival to introduce yourself and

confirm/determine/discuss any special dietary and other special requirements

   Helps make birthdays and anniversaries special

   On changeover days, helps to welcome guests and arrange servicing and/or hire of ski equipment, ski lessons etc. as required

   Is available to answer any questions, or resolve any problems that the guests may have, always aiming to do whatever they reasonably can to ensure that guests have the best possible skiing holiday, whether on or off the slopes. To enable this, is knowledgeable about the resort, its facilities, our website and the Staff Manual.

 

Service: Cooking

   Provides exceptional quality breakfast, afternoon tea (including freshly baked cakes/slices), children's high tea, pre-dinner canapés, dinner (at least 3 "main" courses plus cheese, on 1-2 nights does 6-7 course tasting menu) and truffles/petit-fours with appropriate wine and drinks, 6 days per week. Caters for any special diets as required (e.g., vegetarian, gluten free etc.)

   Selects and serves suitable wines at dinner

   Cooks for self and all other staff working in / supporting the chalet

   Prepares picnics for our airport transfers as required

 

Service: Housekeeping

   Ensures that excellent standards of hygiene and cleanliness are maintained in/around the chalet at all times:

   Cleans kitchen, kitchen equipment and dining room/area, leaving all areas clear and spotless after each service (i.e., breakfast and dinner) and before leaving the chalet. Weekly (usually on changeover day) performs a thorough clean of these areas, including oven, fridges and freezer, microwaves etc..

   On changeover day, in addition to the above, works closely with the rest of the chalet team, does whatever is needed to ensure a smooth and pleasant transition for the guests and efficient changeover for staff. Helps with cleaning and bed making etc. as required

   Manages and cleans all food storage areas within the chalet

   Helps chalet manager/assistant clear away after mealtimes and clean up

   In conjunction with the rest of the chalet team, sets up and closes down the chalet at the start and end of the season

 

Administration

   Maintains a record of all dinner menus, breakfast and afternoon tea dishes and submits these weekly as required

   Takes the lead in the management of stocks of all items/requirements for the chalet: prepares and submits orders to the Supplies and Maintenance Manager on a timely basis, performs stock takes as requested, explains any exceptional usage as requested.  Ensures that all variable chalet costs are kept within budgeted levels

   Ensures that fridge and freezer temperatures are maintained at a safe level for the storage and preservation of food; reports any issues immediately

   Reports any maintenance/repair issues promptly and helps in resolution as much as possible

   Helps ensures guests settle bills for any extras incurred during the holiday

   Encourages guests to complete the visitors' book

We are recruiting a chalet chef for a luxury chalet company in Meribel.

The Chef works alongside the Chalet Manager, Chalet Assistant(s) (where applicable) and the Chalet Assistant/Driver to manage his/her assigned chalet on a day-to-day basis, ensuring that the guests' needs are met at all times while maintaining the Company's standards. The chef's primary responsibility is for the provision of exceptional quality food and drinks. We truly aim to deliver the best food in the Alps, and arguably succeed in this - we won The Times Chalet Chef 2010 award - "upmarket category". So we are serious about our food and have very high standards! The hours are long and the job is physically and emotionally demanding and you need to be good at working as part of a team.  You must have extremely high work standards, be customer-focused, self motivated, take pride in your work at all times and be conscientious. No shopping required! Also, limited budgeting and reporting.

 

Previous Experience

Applicants should hold a recognised cooking qualification (e.g., City & Guilds 7061/2, NVQ level 3 or equivalent) and MUST demonstrate at least 4 years post-qualification experience in the professional kitchens of restaurants of 3 AA rosette standard or equivalent, having held chef de partie or more senior positions. Previous chalet work is not required and while spoken French is not necessary, it can be an advantage. Applicants who get through the initial screening processes will probably be asked to cook a test dinner.

 

Main Duties

Service: General

   Contacts guests (party leaders) by telephone before their arrival to introduce yourself and

confirm/determine/discuss any special dietary and other special requirements

   Helps make birthdays and anniversaries special

   On changeover days, helps to welcome guests and arrange servicing and/or hire of ski equipment, ski lessons etc. as required

   Is available to answer any questions, or resolve any problems that the guests may have, always aiming to do whatever they reasonably can to ensure that guests have the best possible skiing holiday, whether on or off the slopes. To enable this, is knowledgeable about the resort, its facilities, our website and the Staff Manual.

 

Service: Cooking

   Provides exceptional quality breakfast, afternoon tea (including freshly baked cakes/slices), children's high tea, pre-dinner canapés, dinner (at least 3 "main" courses plus cheese, on 1-2 nights does 6-7 course tasting menu) and truffles/petit-fours with appropriate wine and drinks, 6 days per week. Caters for any special diets as required (e.g., vegetarian, gluten free etc.)

   Selects and serves suitable wines at dinner

   Cooks for self and all other staff working in / supporting the chalet

   Prepares picnics for our airport transfers as required

 

Service: Housekeeping

   Ensures that excellent standards of hygiene and cleanliness are maintained in/around the chalet at all times:

   Cleans kitchen, kitchen equipment and dining room/area, leaving all areas clear and spotless after each service (i.e., breakfast and dinner) and before leaving the chalet. Weekly (usually on changeover day) performs a thorough clean of these areas, including oven, fridges and freezer, microwaves etc..

   On changeover day, in addition to the above, works closely with the rest of the chalet team, does whatever is needed to ensure a smooth and pleasant transition for the guests and efficient changeover for staff. Helps with cleaning and bed making etc. as required

   Manages and cleans all food storage areas within the chalet

   Helps chalet manager/assistant clear away after mealtimes and clean up

   In conjunction with the rest of the chalet team, sets up and closes down the chalet at the start and end of the season

 

Administration

   Maintains a record of all dinner menus, breakfast and afternoon tea dishes and submits these weekly as required

   Takes the lead in the management of stocks of all items/requirements for the chalet: prepares and submits orders to the Supplies and Maintenance Manager on a timely basis, performs stock takes as requested, explains any exceptional usage as requested.  Ensures that all variable chalet costs are kept within budgeted levels

   Ensures that fridge and freezer temperatures are maintained at a safe level for the storage and preservation of food; reports any issues immediately

   Reports any maintenance/repair issues promptly and helps in resolution as much as possible

   Helps ensures guests settle bills for any extras incurred during the holiday

   Encourages guests to complete the visitors' book


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