13 Days Chalet Cooks Intensive Cooking Holiday in UK

  • The Orchards School of Cookery, Salford Priors, Nr Evesham, Worcestershire, UK

13 Days Chalet Cooks Intensive Cooking Holiday in UK

  • The Orchards School of Cookery, Salford Priors, Nr Evesham, Worcestershire, UK

Cookery Holidays in Worcestershire

There is an art to being a great Chalet Cook. We will show you how to master it, enabling you to get the most out of both your job and life in the mountains. With many seasons of experience in the chalet industry and working alongside ski companies we have designed a course to train the perfect chalet host. Have fun and enjoy your gap year holiday with Orchards Cookery. Learn something new and treasure an experience of a lifetime.


  • 10 cookery classes
  • Learn how to cook and plan 5-course meals
  • Orchards cookery book and chalet guide book
  • Writing CV and interview training assistance
  • Tea, coffee, 4-5 course meals, wines
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • Chalet cook's goodie bag
  • 10 days with instruction
  • English
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The Orchards is a beautiful Georgian style family farm house with large gardens that has been in the Bomford family for five generations. Students staying at the school live in three adjoining cottages and are able to enjoy all the home comforts and family atmosphere during their stay.

As guests, students have the freedom of their own sitting room, The Swallows Nest which has a forty-two inch plasma television, a dvd player with a great selection of dvds, a computer with internet access (there is Wi-Fi broadband internet access on site for students with their own laptops or wireless devices) and a games cupboard.

There is also a selection of Pilates dvds and mats for students who do not fancy the early morning run! For the musicians among our students there is an upright piano in one of the cottages, as well as classical and folk guitars. Students are welcome to enjoy the large garden and all it has to offer.

There is a grass badminton court, volleyball court, space for a game of rounders, an outdoor table tennis table, an indoor table football for rainy days and a rather bumpy croquet lawn. There are also lots of quiet spots for simply soaking up the sunshine or catching up with a good book.

Garden enthusiasts will enjoy the interesting and unusual plants and trees as the garden was professionally landscaped in the 1960s, when there was a team of gardeners to look after the grounds! A few modifications have been made since then but the gardens are still beautiful, especially in the Spring. There is also a hard tennis court in the village for students to use.

Chalet cooks course

Designed specifically for ski season Chalet Cooks, the course will boost your confidence, develop your culinary skills and knowledge of cooking and give you the ability and inspiration to create your own masterpieces in the kitchen.

We will show you short cuts and pass on valuable tips of the trade, teach you how to handle disasters and equip you to cope with the unexpected problems you may come across while cooking at altitude. Our courses are intensive but great fun, with dinner parties in the evenings enabling students to get the most out of their time at The Orchards.

In addition to the cookery course, during break times students have the opportunity to receive personal help and advice with CV writing and have interview training. Students would also be able to attend ski company presentations and interviews and take the Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering.

Students can also tour the kitchen garden to see how some of the fruits, vegetables and herbs used in the cookery school are grown and harvested; learn quick ways to deal with a brace of pheasants. Students can burn a few calories by playing volley ball, football, croquet, badminton etc. We recommend the two week course to Gap Year students wishing to do a ski season.

Chalet Cook's course book and goodie bag

Orchards Cookery Book, folder containing a three week, five course menu plan, including vegetarian options and childrens meals, with time plans for cooking at altitude, conversion tables, napkin folding, Chalet Guide Book containing food translations for shopping in a foreign language (French and German), catering for special diets and food allergies, tips and guidelines to follow when running a chalet, Chalet Cook's goodie bag containing all sorts of equipment and help with recruitment (CV writing, interview training, ski company presentations and interviews at the school).

Course features

Three week, five course menu plans, including vegetarian options and childrens meals with detailed recipes and time plans for cooking at altitude. The Orchards Cookery Book supplied contains hundreds of additional quick, easy and impressive recipes, so that students can work at the top end of the industry, but still have time to enjoy life in the mountains.

A detailed Chalet Guide which contains all the information you will need to know about running a chalet eg: a typical chalet host routine; cleaning and changeover day checklists; living in the Alps; what to take out with you; what to expect at the start and end of the ski season; how to cater for special diets and food allergies (coeliac, diabetes etc); food translations for shopping in a foreign languages (French and German) etc.

An Orchards Chalet Cook's goodie bag to take with you, containing all sorts of essential pieces of equipment.

Help and advice with CV writing, interview training, ski company presentations and interviews at the school.

The opportunity to take the Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering (an optional extra on a two week course, details below).

Henrys Avalanche Talk. Henry is well known and experienced Mountain Safety expert in Val dIsere and he has prepared a bespoke training video for Orchards students to introduce them to the real risks of skiing off piste and the dangers of avalanches.

A wine tasting evening (an optional extra available on most courses).

The Orchards is a Georgian style family farm house situated on a farm in the heart of England, in Shakespeare country, eight miles west of Stratford-upon-Avon. The school is in a perfect location for beautiful country walks and for enjoying local attractions such as the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, Warwick Castle, Cheltenham Spa, the Cotswolds, various Natural Trust properties, Ragley Hall and Sudeley Castle are among the favourites.

  • Tennis court
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Special menu request
  • Free! WiFi / Computer
  • Wireless internet

Driving directions from A46

At the roundabout where the B439 from Stratford-upon-Avon joins the A46, take the road sign-posted to Salford Priors.

After a quarter of a mile you pass a church on the left (set back from the road so easily missed) and take the next turn right into School Road.

Follow the road for a further quarter of a mile and turn left into our drive by a tall, crooked pine tree, signed to Angus Soft Fruits (If you see a telephone box on the right you have passed the entrance to our drive).

There is a security gate half way up the drive. If it is closed please call us from the gate so that we can let you in - if the phone is not answered please do not leave a message on the answer phone but try again in a few minutes.

After the fourth sleeping policeman there is a large barn on the right, bear left off the concerete and you will come to the back of the house.

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is Birmingham International.

Arrival by train

The nearest station is Evesham (just under two hours from London Paddington on the Hereford line, direct via Oxford).

Stratford-upon-Avon and Redditch stations may be more convenient but are a little further away.


  • Review by Jess Fox

    "I had the best time on the two week chalet cookery course at Orchards: the tutors were great and the food was amazing! I arrived having a very limited knowledge of cooking, and came away feeling confident in the kitchen with an enormous variety of dishes, which has prepared me really well for the upcoming ski season. I highly recommend coming to Orchards to anyone wanting to do a ski season, or just to learn how to cook!"

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  • Review by Ottilie Stephenson

    "I loved my two week course at Orchards, every day was so much fun and the staff are all amazing. The course has been a huge help in preparing me for my ski season in terms of cooking and they are extremely helpful in giving advise for CV's. I would highly recommend."

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  • Review by George Whisson from United Kingdom

    "One of the best experiences I've had! I learned so much, had a great time and everyone was so nice. I've never felt so full!"

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  • Review by Janine Cooley

    "My daughter and I had a great weekend at Orchards School of Cookery. I cant believe how much we learned in such a short time. Mike, the chef, was fantastic-very patient and helpful. Isobel and Nick were very quick to make everyone feel at home. I would recommend the course to everyone of any age as it was instructive and fun. The food was fantastic! My only regret is that the diet went completely to pot."

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  • Review by Lucy Dowson

    "I wanted to write to you both to say what a marvellous time Polly had on the Chalet Cooks course. Not only did she learn a huge amount, but the course instilled a really good work ethic: that working hard is rewarding and fun.For her, it has resulted in the best outcome, in receiving a job with Powder White and Im sure that the training she has had at Orchards with be invaluable every day of the season.Our heartfelt thanks for providing such a superb course - I have no hesitation about recommending it, as the perfect gap year course."

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  • Review by Noreen Keane

    "My daughter Sarah-Grace was with you in November for the chalet cookery course and I just wanted to let you know what a fantastic success it has been for her. I have to admit that I was very dubious when she told me she had chosen the course herself from the internet with no other background information and that it was only for five days! However she had worked hard to pay for it herself and she was not for turning.She returned from the course with a new cookery enthusiasm and confidence that was unstoppable. Prior to heading off for Val d'Isere with Snowline VIP two weeks later, we had been treated to a host of delicious meals from your great book. She, along with her friend, thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the course - from the lovely setting and accommodation, the darts in the pub, the fun at the evening meals, but especially the intense acquisition of so much proper cookery knowledge.Needless to say, with fantastic snow again this year she is having a wonderful time. I am certain however, that all she learned at The Orchards - both cooking and management has been the most major contributor to her chalet confidence and thus overall enjoyment. I am also certain that you are very unlikely to have received personal feedback from the busy slopes - hence this missive from a very appreciative mother! Best wishes for continued success."

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  • Review by Vicky Daniell

    "I have been meaning to write every since Nancy came home from her 5 day Chalet Cook course with you to say a huge thank you for everything you gave her during her time with you. When I collected her off the train on the Friday evening I wasn't quite sure what to expect!As it was, even though she'd had a pretty long and tedious journey with a couple of changes, and it was late in the evening - she didn't draw breath about what a fantastic week she'd had, and how much she had achieved and hugely enjoyed achieving during that time!And the fun she'd had with the other people on the course. The car smelt of garlic for the next couple of days (which was lovely!), and we have been absolutely bowled over by her confidence and enthusiasm in the kitchen since her return.Nancy's two brothers were home from university over Easter, and she made us several delicious three course meals, and when she decides to have a bit of a bake, she knocks up three cakes, where one would have previously presented quite a challenge! I can't tell you how impressed, and really thankful I am - apart from the fact that we may have to go up a size in clothes!"

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  • Review by Wilfred McAlea from United Kingdom

    "Excellent instruction from the most knowledgeable and charming instructors. A first class week of fun and entertaining."

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  • Review by Isabel Bradley from United States

    "We have paid for our sons education since he was 7 years old, but I think these two weeks with you was the best money we ever spent on him. Many thanks to you and your team."

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Worcestershire, United Kingdom

Orchards Cookery specialize in training & recruiting Chalet Cooks & runs Off to University, Designer Dinner party, Corporate Days & One/Two Day cookery courses.

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