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Chef Instructor

Location: Grand Rapids Downtown Market

Season: Days/Times Vary


Submission Guidelines

Application and three professional references ARE REQUIRED and will only be accepted online through completion of this application.


Chef Instructor will take the lead on all culinary based programs. Program responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Create proposals, outlines, menus, recipes, ingredient lists, equipment lists, and other preparation materials for each class
  • Instruct classes as outlined
  • Monitor class attendance and demand for classes
  • Provide direction and feedback to Market staff including sous chef and busser during classes to ensure smooth and successful classroom operation and an outstanding, educational experience for participants
  • Maintain kitchen operations and the highest standards of cleanliness
  • Ensure adherence to applicable National, State, and Local Health and Safety codes
  • Support the Downtown Market in marketing and promoting culinary program
  • Maintain awareness and apply knowledge of culinary trends, local influences, and health/nutrition education
  • Maintain program budget by ensuring program development stays within guidelines
  • Work with creative staff to develop marketing materials and class descriptions
  • Purchase ingredients and supplies, as needed
  • Track and evaluate programming
  • Create/update class hand-out materials and recipes
  • Assist in maintaining program documentation, including outlines, recipe/ingredient lists, equipment lists, evaluations, budgets, tracking systems, etc.

Experience, Skills and Abilities

  • Three to five years experience in culinary, restaurant, or culinary education required
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends
  • Ability to adjust teaching style to meet needs of class participants 
  • Passion for cooking, entertaining, local products, and the Market
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing to multiple audiences
  • Ability to handle, mix, serve, and pour liquor, wine, and beer
  • Serve Safe Certified within 3 months of employment
  • Knowledge of local chefs, restaurants, and growers
  • Experience in working with diverse students
  • Ability to lead a group, work as a team and build rapport with children of all ages
  • Ability to develop and maintain constructive and cooperative working relationships
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Ability to manage one’s own time
  • High energy and positive/friendly attitude
  • Ability to schedule a significant number of activities
  • Knowledge of word processing, email, spreadsheets and presentation software
  • Ability to exert physical effort for light to moderate lifting
  • Catering/food experience is a plus

This scope of work and compensation can be updated as the market develops, programs are put into place and funding increases. Employees are paid every two weeks. All employees are subject to background check and drug screening.

Work Hours

Position can be part-time or full-time depending on the right candidate's background, experience, and needs. Must be available evenings and weekends.


Associates Degree in Baking and Pastry or Culinary Education, or related experience is required.

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