Community Chef

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
CRC | Regent Park Community Food Centre
  • Education: Teaching / Training
  • Food Service
Full Time
  • Ontario - Metro Toronto Area - Toronto
Experienced (Non-manager)$45,000 - 47,0002019-04-092019-04-22
Community Chef

Community Chef

Position:              Full-time (35 hours/wk) permanent position

Hours:                  7:30am -3:30 pm, Mon-Fri with occasional flexibility required

Location:             CRC at 40 Oak St.

Supervisor:         Community Food Centre Manager


The CRC I Regent Park Community Food Centre is an innovative, impactful, collaborative mid-sized, multiservice agency that has proudly served the Regent Park and surrounding neighbourhood for over 50 years. In 2012, the CRC opened a beautiful new building and a new chapter in its history. Our building has a 5000-square foot community hub of program space and we host the only not-for-profit social housing in Regent Park. We are home to the Regent Park Community Food Centre (RPCFC) and its suite of high-impact programs, in partnership with Community Food Centres Canada, where people come together to cook, grow, share, and advocate for good food. The CRC provides innovative solutions which help residents of Regent Park and the surrounding neighbourhoods enrich community well-being, improve economic conditions, realize their potential and direct their lives. We prioritize our efforts toward individuals and families facing barriers (e.g., caused by poverty, inequity, discrimination).


The Opportunity

We are looking for an experienced and passionate Community Chef to lead CRC I RPCFC’s Meal Program through the operation of our commercial kitchen, serving 6 meals each week for up to 250 people each meal.  The ideal candidate is someone who is passionate about good food—they are committed to providing nutritious, delicious, ethically sourced, culturally inspired meals in a dignified way.  The Community Chef has an understanding of the power of food and the many positive impacts around health and social wellbeing, as well as its limitations. The Community Chef celebrates the diverse food traditions of Regent Park while possessing a critical analysis of food systems.  The successful candidate has strong leadership skills balanced with an ability to create a supportive environment in the kitchen for a diverse team of staff, volunteers and community members that enables them to develop their culinary skills in an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere and loves to teach in formal and informal programs. 



Lead the preparation of meals for our community meal program

  1. Plan menus for community meal program (6 meals/week) that reflect our philosophy and commitment to healthy, dignified food in a low-income diverse community
  2. Coordinate meal preparation, delegating tasks from preparation, to cooking, to cleanup
  3. Coordinate with Drop-in Program staff and volunteers to ensure seamless meal service between kitchen and drop-in; ensure strict adherence to health and safety protocols in kitchen

Kitchen Coordination

  1. Source, order, and manage inventory of food, kitchen supplies and equipment for community meals,
  2. Oversee kitchen equipment and resource maintenance; ensure high standard of health and safety
  3. Assist with sourcing of food for other community programs as needed; liaise with other kitchen space users to ensure best practices are shared
  4. Build relationships with food retailers and donors, including local farms

Supervision of staff, volunteers and community members

  1. Support and oversee team of part-time and relief staff, including scheduling, workplans and appraisals; oversee groups of rotating volunteers who prepare and serve meals, including basic training; supervise assigned staff and placement students

Training and nutrition education

  1. Coordinate and facilitate culinary skills training programming, including Safe Food Handling certificate; advocate for healthy food in our community at various sector-wide tables


Qualifications and Experience:

  • 3 years of experience with large scale food preparation and kitchen management
  • Diploma or degree in a related field of study (culinary, nutrition, social work) an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and prepare healthy, delicious culturally diverse meals for 150-250 people; experience with budgeting, sourcing food, and working with suppliers
  • Experience supervising staff and /or volunteers in a kitchen environment
  • Experience with program planning and evaluation and in diverse, low-income community setting


Knowledge and Skills:

  • Exceptional cooking and food handling knowledge and skills in a busy commercial kitchen
  • Knowledge of nutrition, food access and systemic food security issues
  • Patient with a good sense of humour and an ability to inspire and motivate others
  • Knowledge about and commitment to working from an anti-racist/anti-oppression framework with people from diverse backgrounds within healthy boundaries, an asset
  • Flexibility to work under pressure and with a diverse group of volunteers on a regular basis
  • Ability to build relationships with diverse stakeholders, including community members, partner organizations, volunteers, farmers, and food and equipment suppliers; ability to work sensitively with people of diverse backgrounds who experience poverty/ discrimination
  • Knowledge/experience living or working in Regent Park an asset; second language relevant to Regent Park an asset
  • Experience with community / social services sector through work or volunteer experience an asset


This position will be a member of CRC Local #2864.

Please submit your resume and cover letter in one Word or pdf document, with "Community Chef" in the subject of your email, by Monday April 22, 2019 at 5:00pm to

CRC encourages applications from people representing the diverse community we serve. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), CRC will provide accommodations to job applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require any accommodations, please notify us and we will work with you to meet your needs.

We thank all candidates for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.