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12 months ago
Collett's Mountain Holidays
Salary: £105 pw. full board & lodgings, insurance & travel
Location: Europe (non-UK)
Job type: Seasonal
Contact: Phil
Category: Catering Jobs, Chalet Host Jobs, Chef Jobs, Hospitality Jobs, Summer Jobs

Staff Host Cook/Standby Chalet Chef

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 next summer in the Italian Dolomites as our Staff Host Cook/ Standby Chalet Chef.

Staff Host/Cook: you would be joining a team of about 22 people in the village of Corvara in the Dolomites, where we run two Alpine Chalets and a number of self-catering apartments. You would be based in our Staff Chalet, and 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 12 each evening. You will 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 the building. We would ask you to remind the team to be respectful of the family, 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.

Self-Catering Apartment Coordinator: As cooking for the staff team would take relatively little time each day we also ask the Staff Host to manage the Changeovers of our apartments in Corvara. We manage six apartments in the village, which we rent for the season. We also spill over into many others on an ad-hoc basis during the season. You would be responsible for cleaning them when they are vacated, and preparing them for our new arrivals, with help other members of the village team.

Standby Chalet Chef: If one of the chalet host chef couples of the two chalets we run in Corvara were injured or taken ill we would ask you to help in the chalet affected, until they were fit again. At such times 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.

Guest interaction on Organised Walks & in our chalets: to fully enjoy this experience we would also want you to spend time with our guests, and it is certainly possible to manage your time to join one or two of our Organised Walks each week with other members of our staff team, as well as socialising with our guests in the chalets. A love of the outdoors and in particular hill walking, climbing or other outdoor activities would be essential to enjoying this experience to the full.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 need to have:

  • A British National Insurance Number – and to have been working in the UK for at least two months before your job with us started.
  • A British Bank account into which we could pay your wages.

Qualifications / Certificates Needed

  • A current Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate
  •  A current First Aid certificate


Click on the Apply button on this page which will take you to our recruitment site. Then use the online application form to send over your CV, cover letter and a photo and we would get back to you soon after.

There is no job description for this role currently on our site so apply for the Chalet Host Chef role and write a note in the comments section to say you are interested in the Staff Host role.

Please Note: If you are not a UK National you would need to be currently working in the UK with a British National Insurance number for us to be able to employ you in Europe. This is regardless of whether you are an EU National.

As the start of the season is very near and you wanted to call for a quick chat before applying then best time to catch me is weekdays from 9 until 6pm.Please go to our website to find a contact number.

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


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