Project CHEF – Chef Assistant

Project CHEF: Cook Healthy Edible Food, is an experiential, curriculum-based school program aimed at children in kindergarten to grade seven that teaches students about healthy food: where it comes from, what it tastes like, how to prepare it and how to enjoy sharing it around a table. Designed to immerse children in the process of cooking from preparation to clean-up, children gain knowledge about food; they discover the pleasure and satisfaction in creating meals for themselves and they develop the skills so that they can apply their new-found knowledge and abilities in making healthy food choices at home.

Project CHEF has licensed the Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB) to deliver the Project CHEF program to schools in the Vancouver School District as well as the GVFB’s surrounding catchment area.

The Project CHEF – Chef Assistant works closely with the Project CHEF Instructors and the Project CHEF Manager to implement the Project CHEF programs in 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.

Key Responsibilities:

Program Implementation:

  • Assist with daily classroom cooking demonstrations and food literacy lessons with children from Kindergarten to Grade 7.
  • Guide and assist students through 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 day-to-day activities to support program delivery, i
  • 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.
  • Cultivate and steward relationships with new and existing Project CHEF supporters, including community participants, parents, food purveyors, donors, etc.

Education Requirements:

  • Culinary and/or Pastry Arts degree (e. g. Red Seal Chef Certification), culinary training or equivalent experience.
  • Educational training and/or experience working with elementary school aged children (Kindergarten to Grade 7)
  • Current Food Safe Level 1 Certification
  • Standard First Aid Certification an asset
  • Criminal Record Check (including Vulnerable Sector)


  • A broad understanding of food literacy, from garden to table.
  • Experience with food preparation and safe food practices.
  • A passion for food education and a love of children.
  • Proven experience with building, facilitating and maintaining healthy relationships with diverse populations (educators, administrators, non-profit staff, parents and children).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Keen attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
  • Collaborative, yet self-motivated and independent.
  • Ability to work in a busy and physically demanding environment: standing and walking for much of the day, and lifting up to 50 pounds.

Working Conditions:

This is a full time position: 37.5 hours a week, February 2019 – June 2019 (with the possibility of extension).

Monday to Friday with some weekends and evenings required.

The position will require physically demanding work including long periods of standing, transportation to new sites weekly, assistance in set up and tear down of classrooms and the movement of boxes and supplies.

To Apply:

Please submit your cover letter and resume in one Word document and email to [email protected] using the position title in the subject line. Candidates with suitable backgrounds and experience will be contacted to interview as resumes are received. No phone calls please.