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7 months ago
Collett's Mountain Holidays
Salary: £120/wk + travel, board & Lodgings, insurance etc
Location: Italy
Job type: Seasonal
Contact: Phil Melia
Category: Chalet Host Jobs

Staff Host Cook / Standby Chalet Chef / Walk Organiser  

We are currently recruiting for an individual with a flair for cooking, good organisational skills and a big interest in the outdoors to join us this summer in the Italian Dolomites as our Staff Host Cook/ Standby Chalet Chef.

The Job

You would be joining a team of 21 people in the village of Corvara in the Dolomites, where we run a couple of chalets and a number of self-catering apartments. You would be based in a guest house (Chalet Ciadin) which we rent for the season for the use of staff and guests.

Staff Host: Six days a week you would provide a two-course evening meal to staff members of the village team who are not working in either of the two chalets that evening. Numbers will be between 8 and 10 each evening. This is normally prepped between 7 and 9 in the morning.

You would be in charge of the domestic management of the Chalet communal areas, kitchen, dining room and downstairs loo. You would carry out a weekly stock take and make a food order each week. You would maintain some simple budget accounts and deal with other administrative tasks as they arise.

We would expect you to be warm, friendly and caring, and to take a keen interest in the well-being of the rest of the staff team, your teammates, and maintain a good relationship with our landlady and her family who also live in Ciadin. We would ask you to remind the team to be respectful of the family, and guests staying on the upper floors, not to be noisy, to maintain high levels of cleanliness in the communal areas and to report any damages throughout the season which might occur in the chalet.

Changeover Cleans: As cooking for the staff team would take relatively little time each day, we also ask the Staff Host to manage the changeovers of the rooms at Ciadin, with help from other members of the village team.

Standby Chalet Chef: If the chalet chef at Chalet Angelo gets ill or injured you would need to take over in their kitchen with very short notice.  If this occurred, we would ask other members of the team to take over your Staff Host cooking duties. This can happen at a moment’s notice and we would need you to be extremely flexible on such occasions.

You would need to be able to cater for special dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free etc.), so flexibility and an ability to adapt your dishes is essential.

Walk Organiser: Guest interaction on Organised Walks & in our chalets: to fully enjoy this experience we would also want you to spend time with our guests, so we have rota’s one day where you would be a Walk Organiser, accompanying our guests on a local mountain walk, as well as passing on advice and information to our guests each evening before dinner at our ‘Office Hour’, to help them make plans for the next day.

This would require you to have experience of hill walking and navigating with an outdoor map and compass. Previous experience of leading groups would not be necessary.

A love of the outdoors, hill walking, climbing or other outdoor activities would be essential to enjoying this experience to the full in the summer months.

Experience Required:

You would need to be a great cook or chef with a passion for food and an interest in sharing this with others. 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 advantageous.

The job requires good organisational skills and forward planning, as well as an ability to think on your feet and adapt your menus at the last minute.

You would need to be a warm, engaging personality and an excellent team player who enjoys looking after people and who would relish creating a home from home atmosphere amongst your team mates and in the chalet.  

Season Dates:

·        From 17th May until late September

·        Please free to apply after this date, as we are always happy to keep people on a standby list in case we lose someone through injury.

Paperwork & Qualifications:

For us to be able to employ you in Italy you would need to have the legitimate right to work in the EU. Therefore, you would need to have one of the following:

·        An EU passport

·        If you are not an EU national, then a UK working Visa should also work  

You would also need:

·        A current Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate

·        A current First Aid certificate


The Package

As well as the weekly wage of £105 we provide you with full board and accommodation, travel to and from resort, medical insurance, and a two-week period of orientation and training at the start of the season. You would need to be available for the whole season, which runs from mid-May until late September. If you are applying after the season has started, then training would be provided on the job.


Click on the Apply button below and send us the following:


  • A brief cover letter explaining why you are interested in this job.
  • Your CV


We would then reply to you ASAP and take things from there.

Don't delay; this could be the experience of a lifetime!



Collett's are a small, independent mountain holiday specialist, who have been operating since 1998. We are looking for sociable, friendly and engaging people with a passion for the outdoors who would like to look after our guests to help them enjoy their time on holiday with us in this spectacular corner of the world.

Most, if not all, members of our previous resort teams have cherished their time with us. This, we believe, is due as much to the friendly working relationships, which develop within the team each year, as it is to the beauty of the areas in which we are based and the potential to enjoy them.

Many of our summer staff come back to work with us in the winter too.

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