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Culinary Instructor

After School Matters is a nonprofit organization that offers Chicago public high school teens high quality, out-of-school-time opportunities to explore and develop their talents, while gaining critical skills for work, college, and beyond. Our hands-on, project-based arts, science, sports, technology, and communications programs are delivered at Chicago public high schools, at community locations throughout the city, and downtown at Gallery 37 Center for the Arts.   


About Summer Teen Cuisine

In the Summer Teen Cuisine series, teens from the After School Matters Advanced Culinary Buffet program recreate menus from prominent Chicago restaurants for the lunchtime enjoyment of 150 supporters each week. Teen Cuisine takes place at the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, 66 E. Randolph.


Summary of Position:

This is a temporary, part-time position scheduled for approximately 30 hours per week/roughly 6 hours per day, Monday through Friday, for a total of 218 hours from June 26, 2017 to August 11, 2017.   



  • Assist the Head Chef Instructor in providing instruction and training on culinary skills, sanitation, kitchen procedures, safety, and cooking methods in the kitchen.  This includes but is not limited to: basic knife skills, food handling, safety, setup, operation, and cleanup of standard food-service equipment and kitchen lab.
  • Provide contextual feedback to students to help their professional development.
  • Mentor and set a positive example for students.
  • Work with After School Matters team as needed for student development.
  • Provide Supervision and training for up to 24 students during training sessions.
  • Maintain focus on weekly production time-frames.
  • Work with the production staff to instruct and evaluate student performance of tasks.
  • Ensure daily cleanliness of kitchen.
  • Assist and support all programmatic needs as part of a team.
  • Provide backup and coverage for other Chef Instructors.
  • Adhere to strict sanitation standards and HACCP requirements.


  • Associate degree from an accredited cooking school or equivalent restaurant experience required, and one year of experience managing a food operation (e.g., cost control and menu development) required.
  • Chicago Food Handler Certificate required.
  • Supervisory/teaching experience strongly preferred; experience with teens (16-21 years) and diverse learners preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach formal technique and culinary methods in group settings with a minimum class of 8 students, speak in front of a group and hold their attention
  • Knowledge of different cuisines and cooking techniques, as well as culinary terms and definitions.
  • Excellent knife skills and experience with proper use of food-service equipment
  • Enthusiastic about cooking and teaching the culinary arts.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and strong attention to detail required.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Teen culinary students

Physical Demands:

The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must be able to push, pull and lift equipment and food containers that weigh up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time and perform motor skills such as reaching, bending, and stooping.
  • Must be able to use hands to operate standard culinary and commercial kitchen equipment.


Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to weather conditions.
  • Work is primarily performed in a commercial kitchen.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

How to Apply:

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After School Matters is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, military discharge status, age, marital status, parental status, or source of income.

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