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.
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.
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.
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
...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?
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.
No sessions: arrival from 5pm.
Time to settle into accommodation and get to know everyone.
Plan for the week
The Chalet Host Role
Health & Safety
Organising a kitchen
Kitchen Skills 1
Hosting a dinner party
Kitchen Skills 2
Practical Food Hygiene
Cooking for Kids
Kitchen Skills 3
Challenging Situations and Complaints
Special occasions and Christmas
Cooking for Dietary Requirements
No afternoon sessions
Cooking at Altitude
Cooking for Large Numbers
Kitchen Skills 4
Paperwork and Meetings
What to Expect in a Job Offer
Avalanche Awareness Talk
Kitchen Skills 5
Making the Most of your Season
No sessions: departure by 10am
...ok I'm on board, where's this awesome course running?
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
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