Chef Jeff's Corner

Follow Cheff Jeff experience on Cooking Matters classes every week!

Nutrition 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!

Nutrition Instructors

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


  • Teach low-income participants nutrition education activities such as shopping on a budget, food groups, nutrition labels, and making healthy choices and substitutions when cooking, according to the highlighted objectives of each lesson.
  • Choose recipes that demonstrate key nutrition, food budgeting, and food preparation lessons each week.
  • Facilitate class discussions on each cooking or food safety message, 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 or volunteer, please contact:

Jeff Milner
Chef/Program Coordinator

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s