Sous Chef

Rooks to Cooks - Toronto, ON (30+ days ago)

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Celebrating our 4th year in Summer Camp operations, Rooks to Cooks is a children’s culinary school based in Toronto. Founded by Chef Shai Mandel in 2016, Rooks to Cooks was developed to be first and foremost student-centred and flexible. We recognize that learning new skills, especially cooking, can be intimidating; that's why we build our programs to be fun, inviting, as well as intensive. Our programs and services always emphasize themes of healthy eating and teach our students how to live a fulfilling healthy life. Our mission is to empower our students to become more independent and self-sufficient while helping them to find their voice and build self-confidence through learning how to cook/bake.

Ramping up our efforts to ensure our campers have a memorable summer, we are currently recruiting for Summer Camp Sous Chefs. This is a full-time temporary position, working 40+ hours per week for the duration of the summer from the beginning of July to the end of August.

Reporting to the Lead Chef, the Sous Chef will be an integral part of our team to assist our campers have a fun summer! As Sous Chef, you will be working directly under our Lead Chef and assist in providing guidance, oversee activities for campers, and perform many other valuable functions on the job. A full list of the responsibilities is below;

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Support lead chef in building and maintaining a physically and emotionally safe environment for campers and staff
  • Help define and reinforce camp rules and expectations
  • Culinary instructor - plan and teach 25 - 50% of all pastry and cooking demonstrations in a fun and interactive manner; deliver large and small group instruction
  • Teach campers extensive culinary theory and various culinary skills with enthusiasm and passion
  • Supervise and support campers to ensure their safety and accurate execution of the recipes on hand
  • Execute daily lessons in a timely and organized manner as prescribed in the head office summer curriculum
  • Follow and execute daily prep requirements as defined by the lead chef
  • Respond and react professionally to all incidents (i.e. fill out incident report forms)
  • Responsible for campers with allergies and dietary restrictions
  • Build authentic relationships with campers and their families
  • Be a Rooks to Cooks brand ambassador
  • Support camp counsellor in the execution of break time games and activities
  • Support kitchen assistant in the execution of cleanliness standards as prescribed by head office
  • Ensure campers are well fed and kept hydrated throughout day
  • Audit head office food order to keep food costs low and avoid food wastage
  • Help manage campers and assist the team during Friday night Pop up restaurant
  • Be able to stand for extended periods
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Experience & Skills:

  • 2+ years of experience working in the culinary industry; Pastry experience is an asset
  • 2+ years of experience working with children
  • Experience teaching is an asset
  • Culinary certificate or its equivalent is an asset
  • Passionate and enthusiastic about teaching children how to cook
  • Organized, detail-oriented and punctual
  • Proactive, reliable and safety conscious
  • Excellent communicability and interpersonal skills
  • Outgoing and comfortable conversing with others
  • Great sense of humour

Required qualifications (Will need to be completed by June 1st, 2020):

  • A Clear Vulnerable Sectors Screening (police check)
  • Red Cross Standard First Aid & CPR certification
  • Food Handlers Certificate
  • 8 hours of Rooks to Cookstraining
  • 1 full day of on-location training during our first week of camp at select locations (June 22nd - 26th, 2020)
  • 3 hours of on-location training during pop up restaurant our first week of camp at select locations (June 22nd-26th, 2020)

Benefits of working for Rooks to Cooks

  • Competitive compensation
  • Work with Certified Chefs
  • Enjoy your day because you’re working with colleagues that have the same energy and motivation that you have
  • Rewarding and meaningful work
  • Work Regular hours during the day, M-T 9am-5pm; F 8am-8pm
  • Weekends and Holidays Off – a bonus in the Summer months!
  • Welcoming and family-oriented culture
  • It's fun teaching kids to cook
  • Celebrate successes in a supportive environment
  • Team of passionate and enthusiastic individuals
  • Rapidly growing company with opportunities for growth & learning
  • We get to eat what we make!

How to Apply:

Please send your cover letter and resume with qualifications and skills by e-mail to the attention of Chef Taylor Lewis. Please quote “Sous Chef Position – Summer Camp” in the subject line. We thank all applicants, but only those candidates who meet the position requirements will be contacted directly.

Rooks to Cooks is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians Disability Act, and the Ontario Human Rights Code, we will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment and selection process to applicants with disabilities. If you are selected for an interview, please advise us of the nature of the accommodation that may be required for your participation.

About Rooks to Cooks:






Job Types: Full-time, Temporary

Salary: $14.00 to $18.00 /year


  • Culinary: 2 years (Required)
  • Teaching or Instructing: 2 years (Required)