Career Opportunity: Community Chef

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Located in rural eastern Ontario, The Table Community Food Centre is a cornerstone community organization in the town of Perth and Lanark County. We are an affiliate of Community Food Centres Canada and a member of provincial and national food bank networks.

Our mission is to foster a healthier and more connected community.  We do this by improving access to healthy food, improving food skills and food literacy, advocating for individual well-being, and educating, engaging and advocating social policies to address food insecurity and poverty. Our programs are developed and delivered to reduce the stigma often associated with charitable food programs, to ensure high standards of food quality in nutrition, taste and appearance, and to give opportunities for community members to volunteer and take leadership roles.

We are currently seeking candidates to fill the position of Community Chef.

Anticipated Start Date: mid November 2020
Hours: 37.5 hours/week on average, will include evenings and some weekends
Salary: $40,000 to 45,000/year, + vacation and benefits

Applications in PDF (preferred) or MS Word format, including a cover letter and CV addressing the below criteria should be sent by email to Ramsey Hart, Executive Director ( by September 13th.  


Core Aptitudes

The person we are looking for to fill this position has the following qualities:
• Passionate about creating and serving healthy and delicious food.
• Committed to equity, inclusivity, and providing universal access to good food.
• A strong desire to put their food and interpersonal skills to work serving and building our community.
• A leader and team-builder that enjoys working with/supervising diverse groups including staff peers, students, volunteers and community members with little kitchen experience.
• A problem solver, collaborative communicator and networker.
• Patient, resourceful and creative with a good sense of humour.


Skills and Qualifications

• 5 years leadership in a commercial kitchen serving 150+ meals/sitting.
• Experience ordering and managing inventory for a commercial kitchen.
• Effective financial planning, budgeting and tracking of expenses.
• Knowledge of planning and addressing issues in the maintenance of commercial kitchen equipment and facilities.
• Ability to teach and facilitate group sessions on food-related themes.
• Strong social media skills and computer skills
• Experience volunteering.
• Experience working or volunteering with a community service agency.
• Experience with event planning and food-related fundraising would be an asset.



• Plan, prepare and serve our community meals that are offered free of charge to the community three times a week.
• Within budgetary and other constraints make use of seasonal, local, donated, and purchased food to produce high quality meals with a low per plate cost.
• Take a lead on ordering food and maintaining inventory for the meals and other programs.
• Ensure the kitchen is clean, orderly and well maintained for ease of use, health and safety, and aesthetics.
• In collaboration with other staff recruit, train and supervise supporting staff and volunteers.
• Collect program monitoring data and assist with the development and implementation of program evaluations.
• Monitor and respond to feedback from program participants and stakeholders.
• Promote the Table’s programs through social media, newsletter articles, interviews, networking, etc. 
• Support and take a lead on fundraising events.
• Contribute to organization-wide planning, training, team building and internal communications.