Job Description

Chef Instructor

Department:Community Kitchen
Location:Phoenix, AZ

St. Mary?s Food Bank Alliance is currently seeking an experienced Chef Instructor for our Community Kitchen program at our Phoenix campus. 

Our Chef Instructor will teach culinary skills to a diverse group as part of our program to encourage individual self-sufficiency.  Working closely with the students the Chef Instructor will provide them with the tools necessary to be successful in the culinary industry.  Instruction includes classroom as well as hands-on training.  We invite you to take a look at what the Community Kitchen does for our community by visiting our web-site at 

Work hours are M-F 7am-3pm. Pay is $35,000/annually.

Key Responsibilities of the Chef Instructor include, but are not limited to: 

  • Managing a well maintained Bistro by instructing students in basic sanitation, culinary skills, safe food handling procedures and overall kitchen safety.
  • Providing a professional, helpful learning environment and actively teaching scheduled curriculum to students.
  • Ensuring compliance of cleanliness standards to meet established guidelines of USDA and Maricopa County, including written safety logs.
  • Coordinating with other staff instructors, ensuring materials taught in classroom and the kitchen are in line with employer expectations.
  • Providing knife skills and cooking demonstrations for basic culinary techniques, guiding students through the practical use of these techniques in a high volume production kitchen.
  • Assisting with various catering events, including after hour events such as food shows.
  • Developing curriculum and class calendar.
  • Maintaining and updating Excel/Word/PowerPoint documents.
  • Assisting students with interviewing practice.
  • Completing and submitting maintenance requests for needed kitchen work and repairs.
  • Providing performance summaries regarding progress and/or challenges of students, along with recommendations for improvement plans as well as conduct student evaluations on a weekly basis.
  • Ordering and maintaining inventory of supplies and product.
  • Ensuring proper storage and receiving practices of food and food products are adhered to.
  • Maintaining kitchen equipment for safety and cleanliness and inspection ready.
  • Safety sensitive position.

Qualifications and Experience sought: 

  • Associate?s degree in culinary studies preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years? work related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to adapt communication style to a varied audience.
  • Ability to stand for extended period of time and to lift, push, and/or pull up to 40 pounds on a regular basis.
  • Proven ability to handle adversity in a calm, professional, and confident manner.
  • Strong ability to meet given deadlines.
  • Previous experience in a teaching-type role.
  • Intermediate computer skills to include Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Ability to motivate others is essential.
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish/English) helpful.
St. Mary?s offers a generous compensation package which includes medical, dental, vision, short-term and long-term disability, PTO, employer paid life insurance and more. This is your chance to make a difference. Join our Mission to alleviate hunger. 

Qualified candidates are invited to submit their resume and salary requirements to:

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