French Chalet Mountain Therapy

The Natural Chef course was exactly what I was looking for to give me greater knowledge and credibility to cook for future guests. The course itself was very interesting and there were many highlights including learning new techniques and recipes and the fantastic and inspiring lecturers.  But the best part for me was the final module called Food for Health in which we learnt how to cook therapeutically for certain conditions.  It was fascinating and humbling to read up on conditions and design meal plans and menus to support people with them.

This time last year I was waiting excitedly for the Natural Chef course to start. As the first intake, I didn’t know what to expect but had high hopes following my positive experience of the CNM’s Short Course in Nutrition for Every Day Living. 

The idea for my business came a couple of years ago when I took a break from my career in PR and jetted off to France to do a ski season. I was managing a luxury ski chalet in the Alps and having a ball, but realised early on that my own healthy eating habits would have to go on hold due to the lack of healthy options around. I felt that there was a gap in the market for healthy ski holidays and decided to fill it with Mountain Therapy Holidays, my own venture that I founded this year while doing the Natural Chef course. The company’s ethos is pretty simple: to energise guests to have a fantastic holiday and go home feeling great.


It was also wonderful spending time with my positive and uplifting classmates. It’s not often you get to hang out with so many like-minded people, and I loved my Fridays in the kitchen with them, especially as I was also working in an office four days a week.

Having completed the course and my internship hours (which were a great insight into both chef and start-up life), I am now excited for the winter ahead and running Mountain Therapy, offering a healthy ski holiday with nourishing food and evening yoga. I was lucky enough to find a chalet to rent in France to run it from and look forward to welcoming my first guests soon.


The chalet itself is an eco, sustainably restored 17th century farmhouse so fits perfectly with the wellbeing theme. It also has a wood-fired hot tub and sauna, perfect for relaxing and rejuvenating after a day in the mountains! I am now busy planning menus and taking lots of inspiration from dishes cooked on the Natural Chef course! 

I can definitely recommend the Natural Chef course!

By Helen Taylor, CNM Natural Chef
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