Relief Chef

Purple Ski
September 4, 2019
Méribel, France; Méribel is part of the Three Valleys, one of the largest ski areas in the world., France
Job Type


The Relief Chef covers for the day off of 4 of the 6 designated chalet chefs. On changeover day, he / she also helps with the cleaning and preparation of the assigned chalet. He/she works as a chalet assistant on 1 further day. He/she is also responsible for providing whatever support is necessary to ensure the smooth running of all Purple Ski activities and to ensure that the Company's standards are always maintained.

From mid October 2018 to end April 2019

Competitive package includes travel, accommodation, food and drinks and more!

Age range
Over 21 years (for vehicle insurance reasons)

Previous Experience

  • Ability to cook to a reasonable standard is essential (good home cooking, not 'fine dining')
  • Significant prior hands-on experience in the hotel and catering industry, e.g., chambermaiding and / or waitressing, ideally in high level establishments is essential.
  • Significant and demonstrable previous child-care experience is essential.
  • Full driving licence and at least 3 years driving experience is essential.
  • A recent, clear Disclosure Barring Service certificate is essential.
  • Previous experience of driving large vehicles, on snow and/or overseas is highly desirable.
  • Good level of spoken French is desirable.

Main Duties

Service : General

  • Creates a warm, friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all guests - including all children
  • Is available to answer any questions, or resolve any problems that the guests may have, always aiming to do whatever they reasonably can to ensure that guests have the best possible skiing holiday, whether on or off the slopes. To enable this, is knowledgeable about the resort, its facilities, the Purple Ski brochure and the Staff Manual.
  • Refers any complaints to Karen
  • Ensures an effective handover to dedicated chalet team so that the standard of service is maintained
  • On changeover days, helps clients arrange servicing and/or hire of ski equipment, also ski lessons etc as required
  • Helps guests to use the personal laundry facilities as required

Service : Relief Chef

  • On 4 days per week, provides cover for the dedicated chalet chef on their day off. On these days, is responsible for:
    • setting up, providing, serving and clearing away breakfast
    • preparing, laying out and clearing away afternoon tea
    • cooking for self and all staff working in / supporting the chalet on that day
    • preparing, laying table for, serving and clearing away children's high tea.
    • cleaning kitchen, kitchen equipment and dining room/area, leaving all areas (including floors) clear and spotless after each service and before leaving the chalet.
    • cleaning food storage areas including fridges and freezers when necessary
    • "baby-sitting" any children that may be staying in the chalet as required, while their parents are out to dinner, until 11pm and performing turn-down service (i.e., tidies/refreshes bedrooms and bathrooms)
    • should the adult clients decide to stay in the chalet (rather than eating out at a local restaurant), looking after them as required including preparing simple accompaniments for their meal, serving, clearing away and washing up afterwards
    • making the chalet warm and welcoming before clients return from skiing
    • helping with general housekeeping as required to ensure that excellent standards of hygiene and cleanliness are maintained in / around the chalets at all times
    • clearing away pre-dinner drinks in evenings
    • ensuring that the guests' bar/ bar fridge is kept fully stocked at all times
    • ensuring that a bowl of fresh fruit is available to guests at all times
    • doing any chalet laundry required
    • ensuring an effective handover from and back to the chef so that the standard is maintained
  • If/when not required for children's tea or baby-sitting, performs other duties as required to support the rest of the team and ensure the smooth running of chalet operations. This includes cleaning and re-fueling Purple Ski vehicles, cleaning and tidying childcare equipment (e.g., cots, high chairs), and cleaning/ tidying peripheral areas such as garages and linen storage areas.
  • May occasionally be rotaed to cover for a chalet manager / assistant instead of a chef. On these days, works in the assigned Purple Ski chalet to as housekeeper/chambermaid and waitress to ensure that the highest standards of service and cleanliness are maintained. (See job description)

Service : Housekeeping

  • On 1 day per week, works in the assigned chalet in the morning and evening, supporting other team members as required, ensuring that excellent standards of hygiene and cleanliness are maintained in/around the chalet at all times. As part of this,
    • Ensures that the following areas are cleaned and tidied daily as appropriate to role:
      • Vacuums and/or mops floors/carpets in all rooms and corridors
      • Refreshes sofa and other cushions
      • Makes beds
      • Tidies guests' bedrooms
      • Cleans bathroom sanitary-ware and surfaces
      • Cleans interior and exterior of windows as necessary
      • Carries out bedroom turn-down service during evening dinner service/when guests are out to dinner
      • Changes bath and hand towels mid-week if appropriate
    • Washes and irons "small" linen such as napkins, tablecloths, chef's whites, tea towels etc
    • Washes up and polishes all glasses, crockery, cutlery and pans etc
  • On changeover day, works closely with all others on the assigned chalet team to do whatever is needed to ensure a smooth and pleasant transition for the guests and efficient changeover for staff. Changes all linen and towels, thoroughly cleans chalet.
  • Supports the set up and closing down of chalets at the start and end of the season as required
  • Ensures that all household equipment is maintained in the best possible condition; reports and arranges any repairs and replacements promptly to the Supplies and Maintenance Manager.

Other duties

  • On the evening of changeover day, helps with the delivery of guest lift passes and the collection of payments from guests
  • Ensures that all household equipment is maintained in the best possible condition; reports and arranges any repairs and replacements promptly to the Maintenance Manager
  • Occasionally (on changeover day or mid-week on an exceptional basis as assigned by Karen), performs airport transfers, meeting guests at the airport (usually Geneva, Lyon or Chambery) and/or train stations (generally Moutiers only) and transferring them safely to their chalet; also returns departing guests to the airport/train station as required.
  • Covers for/backs up for all chalet staff in emergencies (e.g. illness/absence)
  • Supports the formal review and performance appraisal (including bonus determination) of staff throughout the season and at the end of the season
  • Provides other assistance as requested by Karen or Michael
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