Our one week course is designed for students who already have some cooking experience, whether feeding a family or looking after yourself at University.

We will teach you the skills necessary for cooking for large numbers, how to be organised and efficient in the kitchen, so as to maximise your free time on the mountain, and how to maintain your chalet throughout the winter, to make your life easier on changeover days and at the end of season.

Working as a chalet host for a season is undeniably hard work, but it is incredibly rewarding when you have happy guests and wonderful feedback on your food and service.  We'll help you achieve that wonderful feedback!

Our one week course is packed full to the brim with useful practical and theoretical classes, however it's important that you get a chance to enjoy the enviable location of the chalet, so to that end students get half a day off to make the most of our amazing mountain playground.  You will also have an evening off mid-week to enjoy a meal at a local restaurant.

Please note that although we can help and advise on job applications during the one week course, time is limited.  Therefore, if you would like to take advantage of our advice on how to secure a chalet job, then we would recommend that you get in touch with us before you attend and we can assist you with your CV, covering letter and menu plan by email.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my week at The Hive and learnt far more than I expected I would!  Thank you!" August 2016

"A huge thank you to you, Lottie and Zohi for our week with Hive - we learnt lots and had fun.  We feel way more confident about surviving our first ski season." August 2016

The curriculum on our one week course covers the following:

  • Budgeting and shopping
  • Cooking at altitude
  • Food hygiene (Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene Certificate accredited by City & Guilds available for £18)
  • Food presentation
  • Catering for large numbers
  • Menu planning
  • Dealing with dietary requirements
  • Table dressing and setting the atmosphere
  • How to host and manage guests
  • Welcome speeches
  • Wine & cheese tasting
  • Canapés
  • Cooking for Kids
  • Afternoon teas
  • Time management
  • Cleaning the chalet
  • Chalet paperwork
  • CV writing and interview technique