Help wanted: Volunteer Chef Instructors

Chef Instructor at Second Harvest of Central FloridaThe Second Harvest Culinary Training Program provides qualified, at-risk and economically disadvantaged adults with the culinary and life skills training needed to pursue a sustainable career in the food industry.

We are looking for volunteer chefs, sous level or above with current food safety certification, to assist our lead culinary instructor with kitchen lab/instruction supervision of our students. ** No prior teaching experience is required, however you must have a current food safety and sanitation certification.

We typically train 12 to 14 students per session, each of whom spend two hours in the classroom, and then three to four hours in the kitchen applying their foundation skills while following an international cuisine curriculum (similar to traditional culinary schools). Time commitment and responsibilities are outlined below, along with sign up information.

Sign up online: Sign up at or for additional questions, please contact Dawn Viola, Executive Chef/Community Kitchen Direction, at

Available Shifts: Monday /Tues/Wed/Thur/Fri, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

How many shifts do I have to sign up for? As many as you’d like — it can be one, or several.

Where to park: We are located at 411 Mercy Drive, Orlando, FL 32805. You may park in any available spot and then enter through the front door. Check in with the front desk and they will escort you to the kitchen if it’s your first time working with us. If you have worked with us in the past, you can go directly to the kitchen.

When to arrive: Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes before your shift to allow yourself to get settled, get a locker if needed, etc.

What to wear: Please wear your chef whites

What to bring: Just yourself – we have all equipment and materials on site, however you may bring your own knives if you prefer.

What you’ll be doing: We will provide you with the course recipes to review prior to your volunteer date. When you are in the kitchen, you’ll be assisting our lead chef instructor, Chef Israel Santiago, supervise and instruct the students while they apply their foundation skills to the recipes. Students create a daily 22-portion lunch and each group works on a different component of the meal. Students then break for lunch and return to the kitchen to clean.

Every Friday the students create a buffet lunch service (CK Bistro) for 80 staff members, so while they follow the same international cuisine curriculum, they cook for 80 instead of 22.

What if I will be late or have to cancel? If you are running late or are not able to fulfill your volunteer time, please let us know as soon as possible so we can make other arrangements.

LOCATION: Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. 411 Mercy Drive Orlando, Fl 32805.

Sign up at or for additional questions, please contact Dawn Viola, Executive Chef/Community Kitchen Direction, at

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