Each of us has quite a story to tell of how we came to be the YSE Cookery School. Our paths have been quite different, but what we have in common is that at some point we all started as seasonaires and had no idea where this "one season" was going to take us.........
We've been waiting for this moment for a long time: Black and white editions, re-working recipes, taking pictures, a test print, proof-reading for the zillionth time, adjusting pictures, improving fonts, changing layouts.... and now it is finally here!
What can a cookery course teach you that a cook book can't? Surely all that cooking can be learned from a cook book by one of the famous and popular chefs?! So why spend all this time and money to come out to the French Alps if Jamie, Heston and Nigella can teach you exactly the same for £25 per book? Here are the top 5 skills a cook book can't teach you - and actually, there aren't that many surprises.
Many times we've been asked why people should book with a course at our cookery school and make treck all the way out to the French Alps for a week or two. Surely you can reach the exact same goals in one of the many cookery schools in England without the added hassle and expense of travelling?
Last week we spoke of the beautiful winter wonderland we're living in right now. But more importantly we would love to tell you about the many summer opportunities Val d'Isère has to offer. When you come to the French Alps for your cookery course, obviously cooking and enjoying your creations is the primary focus. But you should remember that there's a whole host of summer activities to explore during the free hours each day.
The YSE Cookery School operates exclusively in the summer. July and August are the only two summer months in Val d'Isère when construction stops, the lifts open for free to mountain bikers and hikers and the area most of us only know as a snowy white winter wonderland becomes a vibrant playground for all the summer sports you could possibly imagine.
This weekend the winter season has officially started in Val d'Isère with an incredible amount of snow and piste conditions that can compete with some of the nicest weeks of winter. The cookery school graduates are expecting their first guests on December 4th - the first big milestone to conquer this season! But the next milestone won't be too far away: with Christmas approaching fast, there will be another big event coming up - Christmas Turkey with all the trimmings and lots of excited families who will spend some of the most precious times of their year with YSE Ski. If you haven't found the perfect Christmas present yet or want to treat yourself to something special, you should make sure to be on the recipient list of our newsletter and follow our Advent Calendar!
Why do you get your Monday Morning Meeting email on a Thursday? Because it's been a very Manic Monday. And Tuesday. And Wednesday - and every single day of last week!
The countdown is over! We are in Val d'Isère, we've already had about 80cm of snow, the YSE Cookery School students for the winter season are boarding the bus any minute now and very soon you're going to see all the latest pictures of our pre-season cookery course. For now we're going to spoil you with winter impressions of Val d'Isère - which has had its earliest start in years!
After our first bio newsletter in July about Al and Hannah from The Cauldron, we are going to introduce Kat and Stig's story to you today. They are two of the people who have the longest history with YSE Ski. But how did they end up in Val d'Isère, what makes them passionate about their job and what are their future plans in the industry? Here's a brief insight into their interesting paths, which since October they walk together as one of the happiest married couples we know!