Chef Assistant – Project CHEF

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About Us:

Project CHEF: Cook Healthy Edible Food is a hands-on curriculum based school program that operates in Vancouver elementary schools. The operation of this program is licensed to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB).

Position Summary:

The Chef Assistant works closely with the Chef Instructors and the Manager to implement the Project CHEF programs in Vancouver School Board (VSB) elementary schools and the community. They are responsible for assisting the Chef Instructor in bringing the Project CHEF curriculum, its mission, goals and learning outcomes, to life in the classrooms with up to 60 children, plus teachers and parent volunteers, each day. The role will be 30 hours a week, Monday to Wednesday and Fridays, with some weekends and evenings as required.

Key Responsibilities:

Program Implementation:

  • Assist with daily classroom cooking demonstrations and food literacy lessons with children from Kindergarten age through to Grade 7;
  • Guide and assist students tin all aspects of cooking and food literacy learning (prepare food, cook, clean, compost/recycle, dine) with emphasis on developing knowledge and skills, and promoting the development of healthy attitudes toward food;
  • Provide close supervision of children, ensuring safety when working with heat sources, knives and cooking equipment;
  • Assist with program move-in and move-out at schools, including set-up and take-down of program equipment and materials, safe handling and preparation of perishable food items, maintenance of clean and organized food preparation/cooking areas, safe management of electrical wiring and cords, and ensuring classroom spaces support the delivery of experiential learning activities;
  • Assist with day-to-day activities to support program delivery, including safe ingredient preparation and menu preparation; sanitization and inventory of equipment; daily towel laundering; waste management (compost, recycling, garbage); coordinating program evaluations for all participants (students, teachers, parents); and other duties as required;
  • Welcome and work with parent and community volunteers;
  • Ongoing maintenance of program materials, including equipment inventories, sanitization, etc.

Program Development and Stewardship:

  • Participant in and represent the Project CHEF program at school, GVFB and community outreach events (including occasional evenings and weekends);
  • Assist with Project CHEF programming outside of school settings, such as cooking clubs and camps, community events, etc.

Employee Requirements:

  • A broad understanding of food literacy, from garden to table;
  • Experience with food preparation and safe food practices;
  • Comfortable working with a highly diverse, unionized public school system, and working with children of all abilities;
  • A passion for food education and a love of children;
  • An openness and willingness to share healthy meals with children around a table;
  • Proven experience with building, facilitating and maintaining healthy relationships with diverse populations (educators, administrators, non-profit staff, parents and children);
  • Experience working with volunteers;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Keen attention to detail and strong organizational skills;
  • Collaborative, yet self-motivated and independent;
  • Culinary and/or Pastry Arts degree (e.g. Red Seal Chef Certification), culinary training or equivalent experience;
  • Experience working with elementary school children (Kindergarten to Grade 7);
  • Current Food Safe Level 1 Certification;
  • Standard First Aid Certification an asset;
  • Criminal Record Check (including Vulnerable Sector);
  • Creativity, flexibility, adaptability and a good sense of humour are essential.

Physical Requirements:

  • Physically fit and have the ability to lift up to 50lbs on a consistent basis;
  • Be able to stand and walk around for the majority of your day.

Please email your resume along with a cover letter to [email protected] outlining your interest in this position.