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Chef Instructor Job Description

Cooking Matters Volunteer Roles

Cooking Matters is a cooking-based nutrition education course designed to teach low-income families how to prepare healthy, tasty meals on a limited budget. Chefs and nutrition educators volunteer their time and expertise to lead hands-on courses that show adults, teens, and kids how to purchase and prepare nutritious foods in healthy safe, and tasty ways.  This can mean the difference between feeding families for just one night and making sure they have the knowledge, skills, and resources to prepare healthy meals for a lifetime.

Time Commitment:

  • At least 1 hour for training and orientation to Cooking Matters.
  • At least 4 hours per week for lesson preparation, travel time, class time, set-up and clean-up.
  • Must commit to all six weeks of the course!

Chef Instructors

The chef instructors will serve as teachers and role models, teaching key skills and inspiring participants to cook healthier, inexpensive meals at home.


  • Teach low-income participants food safety and sanitation, knife safety, recipe modification, cooking terminology, and preparing recipes.
  • Choose recipes that demonstrate key nutrition, food budgeting, and food preparation lessons each week.
  • Facilitate class discussions allowing participants to brainstorm how they might put new behaviors into action, discuss barriers to adopting new behaviors, and share ideas with their peers for overcoming barriers.
  • Select and implement hands-on activities that allow participants to practice key skills and feel comfortable implementing new healthy behaviors.

To learn more about this volunteer opportunity please contact:

Jeff Milner
Cheff/Program Coordinator

2 thoughts on “Chef Instructor Job Description

  1. Are there any ambitions to do this program in other states?

  2. Hi Cynthia,
    Thanks for your comment. Actually, Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters program is currently operating in 27 states and will expand to new partnerships at the start of the new year. Here is a link to their programs in various states:

    Hope this helps! 🙂
    -Ashlea, Americorps

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