Life Skills/Chalet Cooks Course: 5 days

£795.00 5 days

(2 customer reviews)

£795.00 5 days without accommodation.
£915.00 5 days with 4 night’s accommodation.

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)

Keen to improve your basic cooking skills before heading off to university or into the mountains for a ski season? This course will equip you with the skills to become a confident cook and host.

Chalet Cooks Course - Abinger Cookery School

Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 4pm and Friday 8.30am to 1.00pm

• 5th September – 9th September – FULL
• 3rd October – 7th October – FULL

2023 DATES – TBC


Leaving home for the first time can be a daunting prospect, especially if you’ve never had to cook for yourself before — let alone other people. But for anyone hoping to secure a job as a chalet host or moving to university to start living independently, knowing how to organise, prepare and present a selection of staple dishes is essential.

Our Life Skills/Chalet Cooks Course is ideal for school leavers heading off to university or looking to do a ski season. This five-day course incorporates basic to intermediate cookery training — including knife skills, menu planning, ingredient sourcing, budgeting and time management — and will allow students to tackle the most common cooking challenges with ease.

We recognise that learning just a few key skills before leaving home can make the difference between getting balanced nutrition and enjoyment from food and developing an unhealthy (and expensive) ready meal habit. So, we’ve put together an extensive syllabus to provide a thorough overview of the essential kitchen skills required to make delicious homemade meals for yourself and your guests.

Under the guidance of our chefs, participants will learn healthy, seasonal recipes and kitchen skills that they’ll carry with them throughout their lives. Our team aims to give visitors confidence in the kitchen and beyond — from meeting new people to experiencing living away from home. As a student, you’ll perfect your hosting skills as well as your cooking technique, equipping you with the organisational skills and awareness you’ll need to impress friends, family and guests alike.

We offer accommodation at an extra cost, and all students will cook their own breakfast, lunch and evening meal. The course is hands-on, practical and (most importantly) fun! You’ll come away with an abundance of knowledge that’ll help you become a great cook, with a book full of tried-and-tested recipes. On the final day, you’ll be presented with a certificate to confirm that you’ve completed the course.

Sample Chalet Menu:

Breakfast special: fluffy American pancakes
Afternoon tea: dark chocolate sea salt cake
Canapé: arancini
Starter: chargrilled Caesar salad
Main course: pan-fried salmon
Dessert: sticky toffee pudding


Shared accommodation
Free WiFi
Limited onsite parking
Idyllic countryside setting, easily accessible by road and public transport

This course also qualifies for the residential section of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award — perfect for those looking to complete their qualification and learn valuable life skills.

Students on this course will have access to the building, but please refer to our waiver below for additional information about the school’s rules. You’ll be asked to sign and return this before attending the course.

Read Waiver

Please call the office on 01306 730470 for availability.

2 reviews for Life Skills/Chalet Cooks Course: 5 days

  1. William Clark

    I had an amazing time carrying out my 5 day Chalet Cooks Course at Abinger cookery school, so much so I’ve decided to go back for a second week! All the staff are so friendly, helpful, supportive and talented in their field which helped me learn so much: how to work with ingredients to maximise flavour, how to judge cooking times, how to accommodate to allergies by making slight changes to a recipe and the importance of the presentation of a meal. Even though I have concluded my course the support from the staff at Abinger has continued, helping me to get a job working in a chalet, something that I am so grateful for! I was upset to be leaving on my last day but massively look forward to going back! Would highly recommend to any individual who wants to stand above the rest when applying for a chalet job, who wants to work in a chalet or anyone who simply wants to massively improve their cooking skills. Thank you to everyone at Abinger cookery school 🙂

  2. Josh Tinkler

    I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the 5 day Chalet cooking course. The course is fantastic, teaching you many different recipes that I will continue to make at home, showing you how to get the best out of the ingredients that you use, how the presentation of a meal is imperative and helping you experiment with the right cooking times and temperatures to give you the best meal possible. The staff are friendly and supportive and the quality of the chefs is top class. To anyone who is looking for a job as a chalet cook or just to improve your skills in the kitchen for the future then I would thoroughly recommend this course.

    I stayed in the accomodation that is provided by the school, the beds are fantastic and the accommodation is everything you need. the small town nearby also has everything you need, a pub down the road if you fancy a drink after a long day in the kitchen, a large green space to relax by and a shop, should you feel the need to buy any extra food.
    Thank you to my group and everyone at Abinger Cookery School for making it a highly enjoyable week!

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    • Limited parking is available on-site. Please bring containers so you can take home any leftovers.
    • If there are 4 or less people on the course we have the right to postpone the course and offer an alternative date.
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