Assistant Chef

Centner Academy is a progressive, independent ‘happiness’ school that combines a deep commitment to emotional intelligence, mindfulness, and happiness with a challenging curriculum featuring language immersion, entrepreneurial thinking, problem solving, creativity, and collaboration. Using a strengths-based approach to learning, all Centner Academy students and teachers have opportunities to do what they love across the curriculum through project- and problem-based learning. Centner Academy’s mission is to promote:

  • Happy, thriving students

  • Rigorous curriculum that engages students

  • Mindfulness and emotional intelligence

  • Effective foreign language acquisition

  • Project- and problem-based learning

  • Entrepreneurial thinking

  • Personalized learning journeys

  • Habits to optimize neurodevelopment

Centner Academy’s curriculum philosophy was developed by a team of seasoned educators to meet the needs and expectations of globally minded families. Our intention is to shape future adults who are not only confident and poised to succeed, but who also have the character and skills needed to make the world a better, kinder, and more loving place for all.

Centner Academy is seeking a highly motivated individual dedicated to culinary excellence to join its growing school family as an Assistant Chef.  As part of our back-of-house team, you will arrive early each day to prep ingredients, sauces, dressing, and any special items. You will also work through high-volume meal shifts preparing dishes and assisting the head chef, as well as stay late cleaning and organizing the prep area and marking items to be reordered. This job requires prior kitchen experience, and our ideal candidate has formal culinary training in addition to excellent multitasking and organizational skills.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Prepare all ingredients for the daily menu, including chopping vegetables, thawing frozen items, filleting fish, preparing sauces, and setting out any special items.

  • Prepare salads, side dishes, and appetizers during high-volume meal shifts.

  • Assist the head chef as necessary.

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Professional experience in a fast-paced kitchen environment

  • Formal culinary training (strongly preferred but may be substituted for experience)

  • Valid food handler’s permit

  • Excellent self-motivation and the ability to work unsupervised

  • Strong multitasking and organizational skills

To apply, please submit a copy of your resume. Please also provide professional references (name and full contact information) with application. Compensation is competitive and based on experience. This is a year-round position. Staff training often occurs in summer months. Centner Academy does not mandate the Covid-19 vaccine.

Centner Academy is an equal opportunity employer. We believe every employee has the right to work in an environment free from all forms of unlawful discrimination. It is the policy of the school that employment decisions for all applicants and employees will be made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, disability, or other characteristics protected under local, state, or federal law. No employee will be retaliated against for raising concerns under this policy. We seek each employee’s contribution and assistance in helping us maintain equal employment opportunity.


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