Chalet Cooks Course – 1 Week £650

Always wanted to be a Chalet Cook? Our signature Ski Chalet Cooking Courses are your pathway to the winter or summer season you’ve always dreamed of. This course can take you one step closer with our in house chef, Jake.

This 5 day Ski Chalet Cooking Course is ideal for school-leavers wanting to do a ski or summer season, or for students heading off to University. The courses not only teach you knife skills and cooking skills but life skills too, so they are a great way of giving confidence to any young person who will be living away from home.

Advised by the highly regarded gourmet ski company Fish&Pips our Chalet Cooks courses are taught by our highly qualified in-house chefs. Students will be living in an environment where they will be trained to “host” as well as cook, making them perfect candidates for the winter and summer seasons.

Our intensive syllabus aims to give our students a thorough overview of working and cooking in a chalet, incorporating basic to intermediate cookery training, knife skills, menu planning, sourcing ingredients, budgeting, time management, meal service, time management and an overall general view of life in the Alps. Our courses are practical, hands-on and fun!

Students will come away with an armoury of skills, a folder of tried and tested recipes and a ‘Chalet Bible’ written in association with our friends at Fish&Pips. In addition, we have affiliations with many companies in the ski industry and are perfectly placed to point our students in the right direction for winter season chalet positions.

Our ski chalet cooking courses run throughout the year. We offer bed and breakfast accommodation and all students will be provided with breakfast, lunch and supper.

This course all qualifies for the Residential Section of the Gold Duke Of Edinburgh Award – perfect for those looking to complete their Gold DofE while learning a brilliant life skill!

Sample Chalet Menu:

    • Breakfast special: Eggs benedict
    • Afternoon tea: Chocolate brownies
    • Canapé: Pork and prawn gyozas with a soy and ginger dipping sauce
    • Starter: Ham hock terrine
    • Main course: Supreme of chicken with herb gnocchi, cherry tomatoes, capers and basil


    • Bed and Breakfast available
    • Indoor dining area
    • Outside seating and dining area
    • Free wifi
    • Secure onsite parking
    • Idyllic countryside setting, easily accessible by road and public transport


We also offer a more advanced 10 day Chalet Cooks course for those who want to take their skills to an advanced level. Advanced training can significantly increase your chances of securing jobs within the industry, particularly for those with limited hospitality experience.


17th September – 21st September 2018

24th September – 28th September 2018

1st October – 5th October 2018

8th October – 12th October 2018

15th October – 19th October 2018

22nd October – 26th October 2018

29th October – 2nd November 2018

19th November – 23rd November 2018



Chalet Cooks Course – 1 Week



Terms and conditions

By booking on any of our courses or accommodation you agree to abide by our terms and conditions. We reserve the right to make amendments to the cookery courses without notice.

What’s included on our courses:

Ingredients, utensils, knives, equipment and aprons are provided for all courses.

What’s not included:

Prices do not include accommodation. Please refer to our website for accommodation details and prices.


One and two day courses cookery courses: all payments should be made in full at the time of booking for both the cookery course and for the accommodation where appropriate. We do not take provisional bookings and cannot confirm your place on a course or for accommodation until we receive full payment.

Five day & Ten day courses requiring deposit: a non- refundable deposit of £150 for the five day course and £250 for the ten day course must be paid at the time of booking to secure a place on the course. The full balance of the course and accommodation must be received six weeks before the course start date. Failure to do so may result in you losing your place on the course and retention of the deposit.

Cheques should be made payable to:

The Abinger Cookery School and sent to:

The Abinger Cookery School, Guildford road, Abinger Hammer, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6RZ

Cancellation and refunds policy:

5&10 day courses:

The deposits on 5 and 10 day courses are non-refundable.

If students wish to cancel their confirmed booking they must do so in writing, not less than six weeks prior to start of their course, the deposit is not refundable.  You may request a change of course dates up to 6 weeks before the start of your course – any change of dates is subject to availability and will be without cost.

If the student cancels after the 6 week period, the student will be responsible for the payment of the remaining course fees in full unless they, or we find an alternative booking, in which case the deposit only will be forfeited for five and ten day courses

If a person booked on a course fails to attend for any reason, they would not be entitled to a refund or a rebooking of another course.

Students are advised to take out their own insurance against cancellation for any reason outside their control.

1&2 Day Courses:

Cancellations of 1&2 day courses are subject to a £35 administration fee.

If a person booked on a course fails to attend for any reason, they would not be entitled to a refund or a rebooking of another course.

Cancellations within 28 days: Unfortunately, we are unable to offer any refunds for cancellations made inside 28 days of the date of the course or event.

Corporate and Large Group Bookings:

Cancellations more than 28 days from the start of the course: Outside of the 28 days from the date of the booking we can be flexible. If we have notice then we can re-book you onto another date. If you wish to cancel your booking we will offer you your money back less the 20% non-refundable deposit.

Cancellations within 28 days: Unfortunately, we are unable to offer any refunds for cancellations made inside 28 days of the date of the course or event.


In the unlikely event of cancellation of a course by ourselves, we undertake to offer a suitable transfer to an alternative date or course, or a full refund (within 7 days) of any course fees and accommodation fees. We cannot be held liable for any third party costs such as travel bookings or accommodation with hotels other than our own.

Gift Vouchers:

Refunds are not available on gift voucher purchases, nor can gift vouchers be exchanged for cash or other goods. Gift vouchers are transferable, so if you are unable to make your course, you must make contact with us to nominate a replacement.

Health and safety:

All participants should wear shoes with flat, non-slip soles and covered toes. We cannot admit you to the cookery school without proper footwear. We recommend wearing sensible clothing i.e. not your best outfit- we are not liable for any damage that occurs to clothing. Long hair must be tied back in the kitchen. All course participants will receive a short briefing on health and safety before commencing the course.

The cookery school will not tolerate excessive drinking, drink driving and the use of illegal drugs. These rules are enforced in the best interest of the student’s health and safety. If students are thought to have been involved in these activities their course will be terminated immediately. Fees will not be reimbursed under such circumstances.

Special dietary requirements:

Student must advise the Abinger cookery school at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements, food allergies or religious beliefs that may affect their eating behaviour. The Abinger cookery school is unable to tailor our course content for special dietary requirements, but is happy to make arrangements, where possible, to enable students to take part in the course. Would students with severe food allergies e.g. (nuts) please telephone the school when making a booking to discuss ingredients used in the kitchens.


  • The school will not accept responsibility for the loss of any personal possessions.
  • Cars are parked in the school car park at the owner’s own risk.
  • The school will not be liable for any loss suffered by you resulting from any event which is beyond the reasonable control of the school.

Copyright and Acceptable Usage

Full copyright of the course content developed by The Abinger Cookery School is retained by the Cookery School. Course notes, recipes and reference materials are provided to support students in their ongoing cookery development and are for personal use only.

The sharing of course materials is strictly prohibited without the express written permission of The Abinger Cookery School. If in doubt, please ask us about what is and what isn’t acceptable usage.