Picture the scene
After a long day on the slopes, you’re back cocooned in your cosy chalet. A hot tub has eased your weary limbs. You stretch out with an aperitif and a selection of irresistible canapés prepared for you by your own personal chef. You try pacing yourself. After all, this is merely an amuse-bouche before the main event – a mouth wateringly delicious and well balanced three course meal that revives you after your day’s skiing but also leaves you wanting more…..
Whether you are renting a private chalet yourself or you’re a chalet company looking to fill seasonal or short term positions, we have an excellent selection of chalet chefs available to work across all ski resorts on a seasonal or short term basis. From experienced chalet chefs able to provide the highest level of fine dining to self trained cooks happy to prepare more relaxed family style food. Whatever type of cook or chef you are looking for, we will put a shortlist of candidates together to match your specific requirements. Some of our chefs are also based in resort so are available at very short notice if you have a last minute request.
Whilst our speciality is in finding you someone to cook, we do also have a number of chefs who are happy to provide other services such as helping to manage the overall running of the chalet, hosting, chauffering, acting as a ski guide or general housekeeping. We can also help if you are looking for a couple to work together.
So, if you’re looking for staff for your chalet this Winter then look no further! Please send us a request now…Request a Chef
Right first time
Great chefs select the finest ingredients, and fine tune their dishes drawing on years of experience and detailed knowledge. At Amandine, we work the same way. We don’t throw endless CVs at you, hoping something sticks. Instead, you get a hand-picked shortlist of chefs, filtered initially using 40 different levels of compatibility including ability, style, character, location and availability. The end result: right chef first time!
Read more about our carefully tailored and rigorous process:
All of our chefs have to complete a 7 stage application process online before they are even considered for an interview. Many other agencies ask only for a CV and written references but at Amandine our in depth registration process requires our chefs to answer over 70 questions relating to their job preferences, style of cooking, work experience, location, availability and detailed employer references that we check verbally. Once they have completed this process our team then review the quality of their application and only the most promising of chefs get to the next stage of being interviewed.
Interview & Skills Test
Every candidate recommended by Amandine will have been interviewed - and we don't just mean a quick telephone chat. We conduct at least an hour-long interview either face to face or via video skype. All of our chefs will tell you that the Amandine interview isn't quite like other recruitment or crew consultants. We talk extensively about food with our chefs and take time to really get to know their individual stories and what makes them tick. When required we conduct skills tests in the Amandine kitchen and all of our chefs are offered the chance to cook a trial dinner for our judging panel of industry experts in order to become an accredited Amandine chef.
Getting to know you
We like to try and meet our customers in person. We think it’s a better (and much nicer) way to do business. And after all, it’s just as important to get to know you as well as we know our chefs if we’re to get the mix right. If we aren't able to meet with you to discuss your request, we always follow up by phone to find out as much about your specific requirements as possible. The more details we can obtain from you about the kind of food you or your guests like and the type of chef you are looking for the more likely we are to find you the right match.
After confirming your request for a chef we put a shortlist of suitable candidates together. Our proprietary software allows us to search for the right chef using at least 40 different criteria to create an initial list of candidates that "on paper" fit with your requirements. From here we then fine-tune the selection based on our knowledge of the individual chef, discussing the role with them and further cross-referencing your criteria with our notes and other information such as previous employee references. Normally we recommend a short list of no more than 3 candidates who we think are suitable unless specifically asked for more. If there is just one chef who perfectly matches all your criteria then we will only recommend that one chef rather than ten others who aren't suitable.
Verifying Chefs' Details
In addition to thoroughly verifying all documents, written references and qualifications we speak to at least two verbal references for each candidate. These have to be people that the chef has worked for in the past two years or their most recent two jobs.
When we recommend a chef we provide a personalised profile that summarises the key relevant experience of the candidate and any personal details worth noting. The aim of this is to give you more of a personal picture of the chef and to share with you some of the details we have uncovered that you may not find out on a CV. We provide sample menus for all of our chefs when we send you their profiles along with references and food photos on request.
At Bramble Ski and Haute Montagne we need world class chefs, sometimes at short notice, they have to have a very broad repertoire to suit our international clientele and be great with the guests. Kate, Nicola and the team at Amandine have always been our go-to agency. Amandine totally understand our products, are always supremely honest about a candidate’s suitability, quick to respond and hugely efficient. I have used them for several years and look forward to many more years of collaboration!Natasha Robertson,
Director, 5* Luxury Chalet Company, French & Swiss Alps
Our week with Eric was fantastic, he’s really made our holiday a holiday.
His meals were wonderful, delicious and innovative and he really understood what we needed from our initial discussion. He was patient, flexible and calm in a chalet full of chaos with 7 small children and 7 adults.
Eric is also just a really nice guy who was a pleasure to have around and it really felt like he took great joy in our happiness in the tasty dishes he created. We wish we could have Eric as a personal chef 365 days a year!
I’m happy we found your services Kate, everything was very smooth and professional.
Private Client (Crans Montana)
From my perspective Amandine Private Chefs, and yourself in particular, are very professional and are always very prompt in responding to queries and following up where necessary which makes my job a whole lot easier.Tracey,
PA to Private Clients (Val d'Isere)
Amandine was recommended to me by a very successful entrepreneur facing similar difficulties like me in terms of hiring qualified staff for seasonal work in the luxury hospitality industry. I must say from the first contact with them I felt very well looked after. The candidates that were recommended to me were all very well trained and of high professional standard. I would work with Amandine again at any time in the future and can highly recommend their service.Stephan Traxl,
Owner 4* Boutique Hotel, Austria
It is rare to find agents like you who are so dedicated to finding the perfect match. I am extremely grateful for all your time and efforts and hope we work together in the future.
I wish you all the best for a lovely Christmas.Ashlee Benis,
Robby is amazing, without a doubt one of the most organised and professional chefs I have had the pleasure to work with. The staff and the guests are loving the food. What more can I say apart from thank you.Justin Stanley,
Private Chalet Client