Nick’s blog…

16th October 2008

Nick joined the Fish and Pips team last year all the way from Newcastle, Australia where he had been working as a chef since leaving school.  Nick has spent this summer working for a top Asian Fusian restaurant in the City of London, and is looking forward to another season in the snow as chef in Chalet Le Christophe this winter.

Living in the French Alps, skiing, and cleaning the odd toilet – I know what your thinking life doesn’t get much better than this!

Last year was my first season in the Alps and working for the girls at Fish & Pips was a pleasure. The first couple of weeks were a bit hectic; getting chalets cleaned and ready for guests, planning menus and moving fire wood plus exploring the mountains and of course a few of the bars as well! But before we knew it Abi and I were at the front door of Chalet Le Christophe waiting for our first guests to arrive.

My first white Christmas was a day I’ll never forget. It was a beautiful sunny day in the valley but by the afternoon a little snow had started to fall, not quite like normal in Oz! Cooking a British Christmas dinner was a bit daunting but as I sat down with our guests and Holly they reassured me I had got it all right!

Being in a ski resort for a season enables you to meet some great people and form great friendships. My partner in crime in Chalet Le Christophe, Abi, was great – to spend as much time together as you do in a role like this and not get on each others nerve is a credit to us both. We got along great and helped each other out when we needed it. .I can get a bit moody on a changeover Saturday, a little tired from a big week of work, boarding and beers and trying to make a bed to Abi’s high standards, but she kept me in line!

The whole Fish and Pips experience was great, we had a brilliant team who not only worked well together but managed to ski together too and even fit in a spot of après at the end of the day.

I think doing ski seasons are very addictive – a beautiful location, great guests, amazing snow and meeting friends that will last a life time. Bring on December when the Le Christophe dream team of Nick and Abi is reunited for another winter of fun!