You've read all the job descriptions, the blogs & heard of other chalet chefs experiences..but you're still not sure if the job's for you.
If you're intrigued by the idea of working as a Chalet Chef, but still can't really work out the avergae working day.. this post is for you.
As promised in my previous post, here is the typical layout of a Chalet Chefs day.
7am - 8am
Go to Chalet
Set up breakfast - pans of water on, part cook bacon in the oven, cook pastries, porridge, chop fruit salad etc
Make afternoon tea cakes
Morning prep - try to get as much done as possible for the evening meal (ideally everything except things that will be cooked at the time eg meat). When you come in in the evening guests will want to talk, and if you're anything like me, it will be difficult to crack on with any work while trying to maintain a conversation with guests!
Ski / Relax
Childrens & Staff dinner
Any other last minute prep bits you need to do
Evening meal set up
Evening meal cooking
3 course dinner service
So that is the short & sweet version of the average day. Be aware that your day can be drastically different from this though, depending on how many guests you have, children, dietrary requirements, the day of the week (I work longer on Saturday and Wednesday to allow more time off mid week), delivery errors, last minute menu changes etc. Be prepared, ALWAYS. The typical working day may also be slightly different depending on which company you work for and your job role responsibilities.
I hope this is helpful to anyone trying to figure out what exactly it is they'll be doing & when. If you can work fast and be organised, then you'll have plenty of time to ski. Organisation is the key!
This blog may go a little more 'lifestyle' for the next post... stay tuned.