Our travel consultants are very passionate about skiing but, we also have some very professional 'foodies' amongst us, in fact one of our Directors started his career in the kitchens of some of London's best restaurants.
We therefore understand that food and drink in your luxury ski chalet is a very big part of your holiday. In fact, it might be more important than the snow conditions and the mountain vistas outside your window.
"The food was great, but far too much of it" - this is a comment we heard often in the bygone era of 'the chalet girl'. Thankfully things have moved on from here, with the vast majority of our luxury catered chalets now employing professional chefs or exceptional experienced cooks. A good chef understands that eating a lavish breakfast, a fine mountain lunch, afternoon tea and dinner for seven days in a row is a lot of eating. They will plan menus to ensure you get to overindulge, but not feel like you cannot eat another thing!
When you speak to one of our travel consultants, we will discuss your food and drink expectations in great detail. Whether you are looking for simple and informal family-style meals or gourmet tasting menus (or maybe a combination of the two) we will shortlist properties that not only meet your accommodation, facility and location criteria, but your service and catering needs….after all, these are all equally important. We want to find you a chalet that not only meets, but exceeds your expectations.
The chefs and cooks in luxury ski chalets also know that keeping the little foodies in the group happy is vitally important. Whether you would like the children to have an earlier supper or eat a pared down version of the adults menu, this is no problem. The team recognise how to cater for children and will be completely flexible to their (or your) needs.
As part of our Concierge Service, we will discuss and pass onto your chalet any dietary requirements, your food loves, your food loathes and ensure that the cellar is stocked with any preferred wines and the fridge stocked with beers, soft drinks and mixers of your choice. In addition, many chalets will offer a service of a pre-arrival menu consultation with the chef directly so you can discuss anything else with them in greater detail.
As we personally inspect the properties we feature, we are often spoilt to the same high level of food and drink service as our guests. Here are some of the team's favourite experiences….
Chalet Hidden Dragon, Luxury chalet in Veysonnaz
Mark Gibbins - "Whilst I only had the chance to dine on one evening, I know that our guests get a treat and a surprise every night of the week. The menu is well balanced, inspired and different. The standout dish was local Venison with a rich gravy, spiced berries and simply perfect potato gratin"
Chalet Grace, Luxury Catered Chalet Zermatt
Diana Cherry - "The views of the Matterhorn from the dining room table are unbeatable. The canapés themselves were a work of art and delicious. The main event though was a perfectly cooked filet of beef served with Asian veggies and a ginger and chilli infused jus. The chef is completely flexible and accommodating"
Chalet La Tene, Luxury Ski Chalet Val d'Isere
Franki Hutchins - "We were invited to a drinks party at the chalet and if the canapés were anything to go by, then our guests are in great stead to be wow'ed each evening. This chalet has a very sociable bar area, perfect for pre-dinner drinks. The wine was delicious and the hosts very informal, yet acutely professional.
Chalet Kernow, Luxury Chalets Verbier
Neil Kitchen - "It was a summers evening and we were treated to the culinary expertise of Jono in the beautiful Chalet Kernow. The meal was sophisticated and fine dining with attentive service from Louise. Chalet Kernow is renowed for its wine cellar where guests are invited to go down and search out their favourite grape and vintage".
Trois Ours, Luxury Ski Chalet Meribel
Harriet Tetlow - "AMAZING! The chef Alice produced some of the best food I have ever eaten in a chalet. The presentation was sophisticated yet unfussy and the flavours popped in every course. Our starter of goat's cheese and beetroot looked almost too good to eat, but I am pleased I did, as it was delicious!"
Chalet Razzie, Luxury Chalets Courchevel 1850
Rupert Longsdon - "I have eaten in countless chalets and also dined in some of the most incredible Michelin restaurants, but I have to say my experience in Chalet Razzie two years ago is still memorable. The service was that of a 3 star, but without the pomp, ceremony and stiffness that often comes with it. The presentation was exquisite and imaginative, with every course came a 'wow' 'look at that' 'amazing' moment".
Getrud Gabl, Luxury Chalet St. Anton
Sarah Kitching - "Annabel's cooking is exactly what is needed after a very long hard day on the slopes. She serves traditional mountain fare, in an unfussy and uncomplicated way, but yet the flavours and presentation are not even close to anything that a good amateur could reproduce at home. Her Apple Strudel is to die for….I would recommend booking the chalet just to try it!"