Culinary Training Manager

About Central Texas Food Bank

Looking for a way to make a difference without sacrificing a competitive salary and excellent benefits? Apply to join the Central Texas Food Bank team! We’re looking for highly-motivated people to bring their unique skills to our mission of nourishing our neighbors and leading our community in the fight against hunger. As the region’s largest hunger relief charity, the Food Bank offers a diverse and inclusive workplace, professional development opportunities, and a culture of promoting from within. Our core values, Compassion, Honesty, Accountability, Respect and Teamwork, chart our course.

Position Overview

This position will be responsible for the development and execution of all activities involved in providing culinary training to enrolled students as well as occasional staff training. The ability to speak in public, conduct effective demonstrations, execute learning activities in addition to physical work is required in the kitchen.


Building and maintaining collaborative and meaningful relationships is a core component of this position.  Reporting to the Director of Food Production, this position is a highly visible position internally and externally and requires polished verbal and written communication. Proven and demonstrated professionalism and effective communication skills to achieve goals are necessary for this role.

Your Qualifications

  • Have a minimum of 3 years of experience in the culinary field or have been a chef instructor or trainer for culinary/kitchen staff
  • Have completed a formal culinary training program required
  • Ability to verbalize and demonstrate mastery of technical culinary skills
  • Food Manager’s Certification required, (NRAEF ServSafe or Austin/Travis County recognized program)
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal, including the ability to effectively speak in public
  • Demonstrated ability to teach others in a constructive and positive manner.
  • Ability to work effectively with food bank staff, volunteers and vendors with a commitment and desire to go the extra mile to make the Food Bank kitchen program a success.
  • Excellent project management skills

Your Responsibilities

  • Supervise and coordinate culinary training activities, including ongoing development of lesson plans and assessment materials; provide weekly lectures, demonstrations, hands-on activities and periodic testing and assessment of students, and occasional field trips
  • Establish competencies and standards for each lesson plan and assessment methods
  • Provide equipment orientation and ongoing training to students to assure a safe environment for staff, students, culinary externs and volunteers
  • Evaluate and interview student applicants, supervise daily activities providing constructive feedback and disciplinary actions when necessary, and plan and execute graduations ceremonies
  • Ensure HACCP and other food and physical safety standards are maintained by students; this will include providing food safety training and testing to students
  • Provides coaching in the moment and performance feedback to students in a timely manner
  • Schedule guest chefs for presentations and hands-on training activities
  • Adhere to all Central Texas Food Bank policies, food safety standards and HACCP plans.
  • Maintain student program files, computer and hard copy in a confidential manner; maintain temperature, production, receiving, trash and cleaning and sanitation logs as required
  • Monitor regular inventory (chemicals, food, etc.) and communicate appropriately when orders need to be placed.
  • Also included in inventory tasks is making sure that inventory is pulled for class, any Value-Added Meals produce are placed into inventory in the freezer, receiving of product weekly and placing that product into inventory in the appropriate location (dry aisle, dairy cooler, freezer or kitchen) and maintaining the kitchen cooler in an organized manner
  • Commit to supporting CTFB’s mission, vision, values, and culture
  • Display a willingness and desire to work with people from diverse ethnic, socioeconomic and religious backgrounds.

Working Conditions

  • Hours of Operation: Generally Monday – Friday 8:00 am- 5:00 pm, some evening and weekend hours may be required, especially during peak times, disaster response, or holidays
  • Environment: Working in a kitchen and fast paced environment
  • Travel: CTFB serves 21 counties in Central Texas and often requires same-day travel between counties, using a personal vehicle, CTFB passenger fleet and possibly occasional out of town travel for meetings, special events or meeting for some positions. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS WITH OR WITHOUT REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION
  • Ability to walk, stand, sit, kneel, push, stoop, reach above the shoulder, grasp, pull, bend repeatedly, identify colors, hear with aid, see, write, count, read, speak, analyze, alphabetize, lift and carry under 50 lbs., perceive depth, operate a motor vehicle, and operate motor equipment.
  • Conditions may include working inside, working around machines with moving parts and moving objects, working closely with others, working alone, working protracted or irregular hours, and traveling by car, van, bus, and airplane.
  • Kitchen equipment (machines, tools, devices) used in performing only the essential functions include 6-burner stove, griddle, grill, fryer, steam-jacketed kettles of varying sizes, Combi ovens, blast chillers, tilt skillets, meat slicer, bread slicer, stand mixers, dish machine and general small wares. Additional items may be added as need arises. Office equipment includes computer and related equipment, calculator, copier, fax machine, telephone, and automobile.

Apply For This Job

We all have a role to play in ending hunger. Join our team and discover yours. To apply for this position, simply fill out this short questionnaire, attach your resume and submit.