Let me tell you a bit more about my journey how I became a private chef in Samoëns; organising you a restaurant-quality meal in privacy of your own cosy chalet:
Back in the days I was a teacher at a primary school in Rotterdam. My husband Arno and me liked to change our lives radically and decided to move from the flatlands of Holland, to the French Alps. Our initial goal was running a chalet, where we could accommodate our groups for tailor adventure holidays. Because Arno was more focussed on the marketing part and the outdoor adventures, I was the designated person to feed our guests with healthy and tasty meals. Although we did did not manage to find a suitable chalet to run year round, we did organise various outdoor trips in Samoëns accommodating guests who needed to be fed. Beside that I had some time left to work in different restaurants in Samoëns, like le Lapiaz and la Table de Fifine.
When various chalet owners started to ask me to cook for them, I realised that I had to start my own business. There were two options doing this: I could start a catering business or I could become a 'chef a domicile', which means a private chef. The second option I thought was more interesting and suits me better. I registred my business and my husband Arno found me the name “Dailycieux”. In English you can call a meal delicious, while in French you'd say delicieux. Daily is English and doesn't need to be explained, while 'cieux' means something like heavenly. And that is exactly what my meals are!
This is my mission:
"Having a dinner party and you don't know where to begin? Looking for a total stress-free event? Let us do it all, from planning the menu, to shopping and cooking an impressive meal for your special guests. We are sourcing the best ingrediënts, using local and seasonal products where possible, We will make sure your meal is memorable and delicious!"
So what kind of meals to expect, I hear you wondering. Well it varies from a Maroccan tajine to a Thai curry and from a tenderloin with beetroot compot to a quinoa burger with homemade tomato relish. Another great thing to do is offering a meal on special locations on one of our AlpAdventures. This can be a breakfast in a treehouse, a diner in a non guarded mountainhut or even an outdoor lunch in the middle of now where. Imagine; you are on a surprise trip in the mountains and you're hiking down the mountain on snowshoes. You start te get hungry and you wonder what lunch will be. Will it be a a picnic or are we eating in a restaurant on a skipiste? The least you expect is a hot outdoor lunch in the middle of a forest, overlooking the snowy mountains, accompanied with a nice glass of wine!
My job is amazing! One night I am cooking a 15 persons birthday meal and the other night I'll take care of a yoga group, cooking a vegetarien or vegan meal. I start to specialise more and more in healthy food, using fresh and seasonal products. One of the chalets I work for a lot is Maison la Cerisaie in Sixt. Owner Sally Anne is offering and hosting several retreats and kindly asked me to take care of the meals during these trips. Although I eat less meat, I am not a vegetarien myself. But I love to create the most amazing recepies for vegetarien and vegan meals; it's a great challenge! Because these kind of meals are often served on special trips, like yoga weeks, or restreats I realise that my cooking skills have a big impact on the wellbeing of my guests. I am very grateful to be part of these retreats and see people changing their minds and even their lives, also because of my food! I was really touched by a comment that guest Caroline left: “I had the pleasure of experiencing Jess' amazing meals for four days. She has transformed my relationship with food and I left at the end of the week, inspired to try many new dishes”.
Here's a recent video of me combining my passion for food and for teaching.
I am really happy with my cooking career. The first years in France I missed my formal job as a teacher on a primary school. But now adays I am grateful and proud about my new challenge; cooking a delicious meal for all kind of guests in and around Samoëns. Would you like to taste one of my meals? Join one of our AlpAdventures trips or book me for 1 or several nights for a Dailycieux diner in the privacy of your own cosy chalet.
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