Chalet Iona - Chef / Chalet Manager

Chalet Iona - Chef / Chalet Manager Couple

Méribel, France; Méribel is part of the Three Valleys, one of the largest ski areas in the world.

From early Dec 2021 to end April 2022

Highly competitive salary package with accommodation, food and drinks included. Potential additional performance-based bonus.

Age range
No age restrictions, but Chef applicants under 24 years are highly unlikely to have sufficient experience.

Iona is a gorgeous, spacious chalet set in a secluded, end of village location in the Meribel Valley with extraordinary views and wonderful facilities. Chalet Iona is a stunning and very peaceful mountain retreat.

The chalet is run by a chef/chalet manager couple who live in, and are jointly responsible for the day to day running of the chalet, including cooking/cleaning/housekeeping and for ensuring that the needs of the guests are met at all times. Assisting you will be two chalet assistant/drivers.

The job is physically and emotionally demanding and you need to be good at working together and as part of a team. You must have extremely high work standards, be customer-focused, self-motivated, take pride in your work at all times and be conscientious.

Iona is approx. a 10-15 minute drive to Meribel centre) so you need to be willing to make an effort to socialise and stay in touch with the rest of the team, but also happy to be relatively independent.

Overview - Chalet Manager
The Chalet Manager is jointly responsible for the day to day management of the assigned chalet, ensuring that the guests' needs are met at all times while maintaining the Company's very high standards. His/her main main role is one of hostess, waitress and chambermaid. (All of the cooking is done by the chalet's professional chef)

He/she has an overall coordinating role in the chalet, takes the lead in all customer-facing issues and, once guests are in resort, has primary responsibility for the success of their holiday. The Chalet Manager supervises the work of the Chalet Assistant/Driver, also any relief / support staff working in the chalet and also coordinates / supports the work of the Chef.

No shopping or budgeting duties

Previous Experience - Chalet Manager

Must have significant prior hands-on experience in the hotel and catering industry, in waitressing / stewardessing roles (chamber-maiding is also useful!) in high level establishments (e.g., super-yachts, 5* hotels, 2 AA rosette level restaurants).

Must be good at working as part of a team, both in leadership and supporting roles. 

Must have extremely high work standards, be customer-focused, self motivated, take pride in your work at all times and be conscientious and highly organised.

While previous chalet work or spoken French is not a requirement, it can be an advantage. 

Previous supervisory experience is highly desirable.

Main Duties - Chalet Manager

Service : General

Service : Housekeeping

Service : Meals/Drinks/Other


Overview - Chef

The Chef works alongside the Chalet Manager and the Chalet Assistant/Driver to manage his/her assigned chalet on a day to day basis, ensuring that the guests' needs are met at all times while maintaining the Company's standards. The chef's primary responsibility is for the provision of exceptional quality food and drinks.

We truly aim to deliver the best food in the Alps, and arguably succeed in this - we won The Times Chalet Chef 2010 award - "upmarket catergory", but our standards have improved hugely even since then. We are serious about our food and have very high standards!

Take a look at some photos (snaps - not professional!) from previous years to give you an idea of what we do / look for.

Working essentially as a private chef, you need to tailor your food to meet your customers' needs and wishes, which can be challenging, but you also have immense freedom to work on your own dishes, show your creativity and flair.

No shopping is required! However you are responsible for ordering chalet supplies and managing within a (generous) budget.

Previous Experience - Chef

Applicants should hold a recognised cooking qualification and MUST demonstrate at least 4 years experience in the professional kitchens of restaurants of 3 AA rosette standard / 1 Michelin star or similar, having held chef de partie or more senior positions.

Previous chalet work is not required and while spoken French is not necessary, it can be an advantage.

Good communication and team working skills are essential.

Main Duties - Chef

Service : General

Service : Cooking

Service : Housekeeping



In the first instance please complete the online application form by clicking here.