what do we do?

In short, we show you how to make the most of your winter season.
And it all starts with the job...


Our course is full of practical, comprehensive information to really prepare you for what chalet hosting involves. After coming on a Fresh Tracks course, you will leave with practical experience of cooking for small and large groups, as well as an understanding of exactly what chalet hosting involves, and the skills to get the job done well.

We love chalet hosting - and our mission is to send you out into the world with the same passion and enthusiasm for delivering quality holidays with efficiency, enjoyment and confidence.

 
Steve & Becky are so nice and friendly, they have a fountain of experience and knowledge. I had one of the most fun experiences in my life and the course is worth every penny and more!
— Tyrrell Saunders-Fennell, 2017
 
 

 

Our one week residential course costs just £695 per student.


It's a fantastic experience, you'll learn a lot, and you'll be staggered at what you will achieve. Once you book onto one of our courses, all you have to worry about is getting to Cornwall and what you might do in your free time...

The course price is all inclusive, covering everything you need including accommodation, food, wine, course manual etc.

 

 

Course Structure

Running from Saturday to Saturday, our six-day residential course covers a dynamic programme of activities.

Our course is structured to resemble a typical chalet day, with our timetable divided into morning and evening sessions.

You will take it in turns to either prepare breakfast and dinner, or lunch, each day. You will have the opportunity to practice cooking every day in pairs, for both large (up to 12) and small groups (up to 6).

This cooking experience is combined with practical tasks associated with the role, as well as theory-based sessions involving informal presentations, discussions and activities.

As with a season though, it’s not all about the work. In between our morning and evening sessions, you will have some free time each day in which to relax, unwind, and explore the local area. You will also have one afternoon off as a group, in the middle of the week.

Our days are varied, fun and full-on; giving you a truly realistic experience of what being a chalet host involves.

 
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A Typical Day at Fresh Tracks

07.00 - 08.00 Prepare breakfast, and start dinner preparations

08.00 - 08.30 Serve and eat breakfast

09.00 - 12.30 Morning theory and practical sessions

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch

14.00 - 16.00 Free time

16.00 - 19.00 Evening theory and practical sessions

19.00 - 20.00 Prepare dinner

20.00 - 21.30 Serve and eat dinner

“The Fresh Tracks course focuses on a wide spectrum of hosting skills including food hygiene, menu planning, budgeting, welcoming guests and dealing with challenging situations, cleaning, preventative maintenance, and…the all important cooking.”
— Sam and Mike Thomsett, 2017
 

 

...so how much cooking practice will I get?


On the night that you arrive, Steve and Becky will cook and host the first dinner and breakfast the next morning, so that you can relax and get to know everyone before it's your turn!

From then on, you will cook every day of the week. At the start of the course you will be partnered up with another student, and you will cook with them throughout the week (if you come to us as a couple or a pair of friends you will cook together). We rotate the schedule so that each day you will either be responsible for cooking breakfast and dinner, or lunch - which will be either a vegetarian main course or High Tea: a meal that would normally be served to children for dinner, such as mac 'n' cheese or spaghetti bolognaise.

You will serve lunch and breakfast twice, to a group of six or less. You will cook dinner once for a group of six or less, and then again for a group of twelve or less. You will also have the chance to practice canapés and afternoon tea throughout the week.

Most of our students have said that one of the most challenging things about Fresh Tracks is the sheer volume of food that you will eat over the week! Don't worry - there's no chance of anyone going hungry!

 

 

Great! So what do you cover
in the morning and afternoon sessions?

 

Course Syllabus

Our course syllabus covers a combination of theory-based and practical session, alongside the preparation and cooking, of breakfast, lunch, dinner and Canapes. Below is an example of the course timetable.

Saturday

No sessions: arrival from 5pm.

  • Time to settle into accommodation and get to know everyone.

  • Plan for the week

  • The Chalet Host Role

Sunday

  • Health & Safety

  • Organising a kitchen

  • Kitchen Skills 1

  • Hosting a dinner party

Monday

  • Cleaning Theory

  • Cleaning practice

  • Kitchen Skills 2

  • Hosting Breakfast

  • Welcome Speeches

  • Ambience

Tuesday

  • Practical Food Hygiene

  • Cooking for Kids

  • Food Presentation

  • Kitchen Skills 3

  • Welcoming Guests

  • Challenging Situations and Complaints

  • Special occasions and Christmas

Wednesday

  • Menu Planning

  • Cooking for Dietary Requirements

  • Afternoon Tea

No afternoon sessions

Thursday

  • Cooking at Altitude

  • Cooking for Large Numbers

  • Preventative Maintenance

  • Kitchen Skills 4

  • Shopping

  • Budgetting

Friday

  • Paperwork and Meetings

  • What to Expect in a Job Offer

  • Avalanche Awareness Talk

  • Kitchen Skills 5

  • Individual Sessions

  • Making the Most of your Season

Saturday

No sessions: departure by 10am

 

 

...ok I'm on board, where's this awesome course running?

 

Course Venue

Our Cornish cottages, with their chalet-style kitchens, open-plan living, and stunning scenery on the doorstep, are the perfect venue for any chalet hosting and cookery school.

All the benefits of a chalet experience, without the hassle of leaving the country...

 

 

That all sounds pretty interesting, but what now?

If you'd like to find out any more about our course then call us - we'd love to chat and find out whether Fresh Tracks is right for you. We promise we don't bite! +44 (0) 7497 368 663

 

If you think you've got the gist of what we're all about, then check our our course dates.

If you've got some questions, head to our FAQs page to see what other people have been asking.