California: MUSE School seeks Head Chef and Teacher

11 Jun
MUSE School in Malibu Canyon is seeking a Head Chef and Teacher (HCT) who loves cooking with organic, fresh
ingredients straight from the garden and also has a passion for teaching elementary students about the wonders of the culinary world.
If you are interested in applying, please send a cover letter and resume to:  Resumes@MuseSchool.org by June17th.
The MUSE School Head Chef Teacher (HCT) oversees all aspects of the MUSE School kitchen; prepares all meals served to MUSE students and staff, including snacks; designs and conducts kitchen classes for all grade students and facilitates lesson planning in collaboration with the GEM (Garden Educator/Manager) and the MUSE Faculty; develops recipes; and guides the culinary staff in the day to day operation and maintenance of the MUSE School kitchen and an interactive teaching kitchen.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
MUSE KITCHEN
• Must possess exceptional cooking skills
• Plan for and prepare all meals served to MUSE students and staff, including a mid-day snack
• Order or requisition food and other supplies needed to ensure efficient operation and manage associated inventory and budget
• Develop recipes to maximize use of seasonal produce grown in the school gardens and using local organic sources whenever possible
• Ensure recipe diversity
• Ensure recipes, snacks, and meals meet food guidelines for special diets and MUSE guidelines and values
• Ensure maintenance of kitchen facilities and equipment
• Inspect supplies, equipment, and work areas to ensure conformance to established standards and health and school codes
• Monitor sanitation practices to ensure that employees follow standards and regulations
• Arrange for equipment purchase and repair
• Determine how food should be presented, and create decorative food displays as needed
• Instruct culinary staff in the preparation, cooking, garnishing, and presentation of food
• Check the quality of raw and cooked food products to ensure that standards are met
• Check the quantity and quality of received products
• Record production and operational data on specified forms (inventory) as needed
• Prepare and cook foods of all types, either on a regular basis or for special guests or functions
• Be Serv Safe Certified or equivalent
• Must adhere to all California Food Code and LA County Health Department regulations
• Able to establish and engage in excellent vendor relations
TEACHING
• Design and instruct students with age appropriate cooking curriculum, in collaboration with the GEM and MUSE Faculty
• Guide students through all aspects of kitchen lessons to ensure skills development and understanding of seasonality, and make connections to curricular studies
• Support the MUSE classroom teachers in the development of connected culinary lessons that are integrated into classroom teaching and standards-based curriculum
• Ensure the documentation off all lessons, recipes, and visual resources
• Prepare dishes using fresh, seasonal produce grown by students in the garden
• Give and receive student feedback
• Mentor individual students in and out of class
• Model respect and curiosity for learning
• Encourage students’ interests and talents
COMMUNICATION AND OUTREACH
• Represent MUSE program to the wider community to include public speaking, attendance and/or participation in related meetings or conferences
• Maintain healthy relationships with MUSE faculty and administrative staff as well as the extended community of parents, neighbors, and school garden educators and MUSE affiliates
• Stay abreast of MUSE events and activities; be an active presence in the school community
• Participate in MUSE staff meetings, staff development days and program development meetings
• Participate in MUSE, community and school-wide events whenever possible
• Maintain awareness of school, individual, and media visits
• Work in tandem with Head of School to maintain a working knowledge of the food service budget and budget management
• Direct an engaging and rewarding experience for kitchen and kitchen classroom volunteers
• Train and supervise volunteers’ work in the kitchen and kitchen classroom
• Communicate weekly kitchen meeting notes to Head of School
• Publish monthly menus to families and community whenever possible
• Post daily menu for the community to read in advance of meals
MANAGEMENT
• Provide consistent leadership; train and supervise culinary staff in conjunction with Head of School
• Facilitate regular culinary staff/GEM meetings to identify and prioritize kitchen maintenance, class preparation, and other relevant tasks
• Work closely with Head of School in the development of program goals and ensure accurate dissemination of information to the team.
• Maintain a high level of interest in the myriad components of the MUSE program
• Ensure an engaging and rewarding experience for volunteers; provide orientation to the kitchen and kitchen classroom
• Perform yearly evaluation and management of culinary staff (in conjunction with Head of School)
The preceding is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills and working conditions required of personnel so classified. MUSE School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Salary: Negotiable, based on experience
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