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The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts Chef Instructor - Professional Savory Programs - Per Diem in Cambridge, Massachusetts

CSCA is an iconic New England landmark, and for more than 40 years has been highly acclaimed among the nation’s premier culinary schools. Here, students gain the essential knowledge and foundational skills a great culinary education demands – classic fundamentals of cooking and baking, history and influences of the world’s greatest cuisines, techniques for mastering common and exotic ingredients, and more.

CSCA is seeking a part time passionate Chef Instructor to teach in our Professional Culinary Programs. We are seeking an enthusiastic, professionally trained and experienced Chef with exceptional cooking, teaching and customer service skills. You will be the catalyst to our professional students gaining confidence in a professional kitchen, learning culinary basics and cuisines, advanced techniques, methods and theory.

Cambridge School of Culinary Arts is looking for Chef Instructors to teach the Food Basics unit of the Culinary Certificate and Professional Chef’s Programs. The Food Basics unit is a 16-week-long unit that emphasizes the foundations of savory cooking. Courses include stock & soup, vegetable, grains, beans, egg, moist heat, and dry heat cookeries with emphasis on individual proteins, sauces, and knife skills. Each class is 8-hours long, which includes a 2-hour lecture and 6 hours of lab (hands-on cooking). Instructors teach CSCA - provided lecture notes, power point presentations, outlines, and recipes. Our chef instructors take pride in sharing their knowledge and expertise with students through lecture and hands-on lab classes and doing whatever it takes to help our students succeed in pursuing their passion. Does this sound like you?



  • Managing class size of up to 15 students

  • Lecturing on class material; supplement with power point presentation (must be familiar with laptop, Power Point software, hdmi cables, television)

  • Assigning daily recipes to class; explaining recipes; managing class production of recipes; maintaining order in kitchen; managing set up and break down of class; assessing students’ recipes for taste, doneness, creativity, presentation, ability to follow direction

  • Chef Instructors are responsible for issuing CSCA-issued quizzes, grading quizzes, and evaluating quizzes with students; reporting lab and quiz grades to Director of Education.

  • Chef instructors are responsible for delivering verbal assessments of student skill level daily and at midterm.

  • Chef Instructors are responsible for taking daily attendance and reporting attendance to Academic Supervisor/Director of Education

  • Chef Instructors must attend quarterly faculty meetings

  • Chef Instructors may be responsible for proctoring midterm and final practicums; tasting midterm and final practicums; and proctoring midterm or final written exams.

  • Chef Instructors are responsible for tutoring at-risk students.

  • Chef Instructors are responsible for supervising students as they check in the day’s ingredients, stock pantry items, pack ingredient box at end of class, break down and cleanup of kitchens, trash removal, kitchen sanitation, and compost removal, among other duties as assigned by Director of Education.

  • Set-up of kitchen and lecture space as needed, and inventory check at least 1 hour before the scheduled start of class.

  • Maintain the highest standards of safety and cleanliness.

  • Ensures all food items are cooked and served properly and under sanitary conditions.

  • Must be able to multi-task and have a full grasp of all activities occurring in the kitchen at all times.

  • Ensure that kitchen is organized and left in proper condition for the cleaning crew; this includes checking that all equipment is turned off, dirty dishes and equipment are left in good order for the dish washers, and leftover inventory items and equipment are returned to their proper locations


  • Perform other duties as needed, directed or assigned.

  • Must wear CSCA approved uniform at all times while instructing a class or representing CSCA.


  • Minimum of 5 years general cooking experience at a restaurant, catering company, commissary, or in other culinary capacity

  • Minimum of 2 years culinary teaching experience

  • General knowledge of Microsoft Office

  • Must be diplomatic, patient, prompt, creative, flexible, fun, thrive in organized chaos, be able to manage, groom; and mentor individuals with different levels of cooking experience

  • willingness to follow CSCA policies, procedures, and education philosophy

  • Ability to communicate effectively with others, orally and in writing

  • Candidates must be able to pass a CORI background check.



  • Class schedules may vary by week.

  • Number of classes scheduled will vary based on demand, skill set and availability.


The ability to lift 25 pounds, stand, kneel, sit, and walk for extended periods of time.

Instructors may be on their feet for up to 8 hours at a time

Instructors will need to handle and lift heavy kitchen equipment, chairs, tables.


This job occurs primarily in commercial kitchens which may vary in temperature and humidity.

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