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
Starter: chargrilled Caesar salad
Main course: pan-fried salmon
Dessert: sticky toffee pudding
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.
Please call the office on 01306 730470 for availability.