Post date: 

April 24, 2019

We are seeking a qualified Culinary Instructor with a strong commitment to youth development and the culinary arts to work in our Queens Connect Program.  Queens Connect is a workforce development collaboration among 4 community based organizations comprised of Queens Community House, Ocean Bay Local Development Corporation, Jacob Riis Neighborhood Settlement House and Sunnyside Community Services. The Culinary Instructor, will facilitate a 6 week culinary instruction program and lend support with food protection certification instruction. The Culinary Instructor plays a key role in aiding Queens Connect to ensure the participants are ready for entry-level employment in the food service sector.


  • Teach young adults with barriers to employment the basics of food and kitchen safety, food preparation, and making healthy choices and substitutions when cooking, according to the highlighted objectives of each lesson. Curriculum is provided by National Restaurant Association (NRA).
  • Choose recipes that demonstrate key nutrition, food budgeting, and food preparation lessons each week.  Recipes are provided by NRA, or chefs can supply their own, provided they adhere to NRA’s criteria (healthy and low-cost).
  • Assign participants kitchen tasks that allow each individual to gain hands-on practice and improve their cooking skills.
  • Supervise participants in the kitchen, encouraging proper technique and gently correcting as needed.
  • Facilitate class discussions on each cooking or food safety message, allowing participants to brainstorm how they might put new behaviors into action, discuss barriers to adopting new behaviors, and share ideas with their peers for overcoming barriers.


  • Professional culinary training or experience working in the food industry required.  We welcome qualified chefs from restaurants and hotels, instructors and students from culinary schools, personal chefs, caterers, home economics teachers, restaurant owners and managers, non-profit kitchen managers, and retired food service professionals.
  • Four (4) years of youth development experience required.
  • Interest and comfort in working with low-income individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Comfortable speaking in front of groups (average class size is 15 participants).
  • Ability to travel to class location.
  • Willingness to be trained on and comply with Queens Connect program standards, to work as a team with Case Manager, Workforce Trainer, Business Services Specialist and program interns, and to adhere to program policies and team decisions.


Additional Details:
STATUS: Part -Time, Non-Exempt     
SALARY: $40 per hour
SCHEDULE:  Wednesdays 8:30am-5pm; plus occasional special events
LOCATION: Forest Hills, Queens

Application Method

We are a passion-led, mission-driven organization – one that looks to continually enrich the lives of our diverse member community.  If you would like to join our team, please forward your cover letter and resume, with subject line “Culinary Instructor” at  


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