The Doe Fund is a leading New York City non-profit organization that operates the enormously visible Ready, Willing & Able program, whose participants clean over 160 miles of streets and sidewalk every day. With a $50 million budget, 400 staff members and 46,000 individual donors, The Doe Fund is nationally acclaimed as a work-based model for solving homelessness and criminal recidivism. We empower people to break the cycles of homelessness, welfare dependency, substance abuse, and incarceration through innovative work and housing programs.
This position is a unique combination of chef and teacher for our 8 week Line Cook training course that focuses on helping our trainees understand and obtain the speed, cleanliness, soft skills, and hard skills necessary to succeed in a NYC kitchen. The chef instructor guides students through creating meals to serve to residents each night of class. Traditionally, the training has culminated in a final tasting event in which the instructor helps the class curate a
5-course tasting menu for 20-30 guests to be prepared and served in an employer partner’s restaurant.
Students vary in their level of previous experience but all students will have at least 1 month experience working in our facility kitchens and are required to obtain their NYC Food Handler’s certificate during the training through a class that runs concurrently with the training.
Classes are held at the Gates Avenue facility in Bedstuy, Brooklyn twice a week from 12-6pm. Each cycle runs for 8 weeks and there are 4 cycles per year.
The position is hourly. In addition to the 12 hours of teaching per week, there are a limited number of prep hours available for planning each cycle. A limited number of additional hours may be approved during the week of the final tasting event for extra prep hours and to include the hours of the tasting.
Ideally, candidates will be currently working as chefs in NYC, or will have been working chefs within the last three years.
We are especially interested in helping our trainees understand the landscape of the culinary field as it shifts in response to COVID-19 and to be able to pivot their skills to be employable in this new territory. We are looking for a chef partner to help us revise the curriculum (if necessary) and final event to best prepare our clients for employment in the current culinary landscape.
There may be additional opportunities available to work culinary-based special donor events or the Doe Fund’s annual Graduation.
● Teach the 8-week Chef-in-Training workshop which includes training in the following topics:
○ History of Culinary Arts
○ Kitchen hierarchy (how a kitchen works and why)
○ Product knowledge, product ID, cooking locally and in season
○ Fundamental cooking techniques
○ Kitchen Arithmetic, recipe yields, weights and measurements
○ Butchery, stocks, sauces, knife skills, and product knowledge
○ Interpersonal skills of working in a restaurant
○ Kitchen safety and proper food handling in accordance of NYC health department regulations
○ Intensive hands on kitchen experience in a simulated restaurant setting
● Place all food orders pertaining to the class through The Doe Fund’s established vendor
● Design seasonal tasting menus for quarterly ‘Tasting Menu’ events
● Work with the Director of Food Services to stay in budget and coordinate food delivery and staff needs
● At the end of each cycle, provide recommendations and insight as to the types of jobs that would be best suited to each student’s skill set.
● Make recommendations for student eligibility for a two week intensive trail in the kitchen of restaurant employer partners.
● Communicate with the Chef-in-Training Program Coordinator in a timely manner for matters of class preparation, attendance, student evaluations, etc.
● Communicate with the Director of Education and Training in a timely manner for matters of course planning, final event tasting details, etc.
● Assist in the planning of restaurant and/or farmer’s market field trip once each cycle
The Doe Fund is a leading New York City non-profit organization that operates the enormously visible Ready, Willing & Able program, whose participants clean over 160 miles of streets and sidewalk every day. With a $50 million budget, 400…
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