Sous Chef(s)/ Kitchen Lead(s)

PART to FULL-TIME (24-40 hrs/wk)

Eat for Equity Catering seeks two energetic, organized kitchen lead(s) / sous chef(s) to contribute positively to a large volume sustainable catering business. This was previously one position, but we are redesigning the position(s) for growth and sustainability, so each sous chef has primary responsibility for one program, either Second Harvest Heartland or Eat for Equity Meal Boxes.

Eat for Equity Catering currently produces 1000-1200 meals a week for distribution to neighbors in need through Second Harvest Heartland. We also produce ~300 meals a week for purchase through our weekly Meal Box program, with menu options changing each week to incorporate as much local and organic food as possible.

Reporting to the Executive Director/Chef, Sous Chefs share responsibility for the overall operations for the back of house and kitchen area. The sous chef(s) will assist in hiring and supervising cooks, collaboratively develop and execute the menu, order food and equipment, and make sure everyone is trained on proper food preparation and kitchen safety techniques. 

We have a 2000 square ft kitchen space and welcome no more than 6 people in the space at one time to provide space for social distancing. 



  • Work with the executive chef and fellow sous chef to design changing weekly menus in line with the company’s vision and values, and customer needs.
  • Place orders to execute weekly menus in line with purchasing values [local, organic, prioritizing companies owned by women, minorities, and cooperatives] and with awareness of food cost.
  • Use expertise and experience to produce quality food without a tried-and-true recipe. For example, sizing up a recipe guide for 8 gallons of sauce, 50 lbs. of slaw. 
  • Build, delegate, and help execute production lists based on menu and orders.


  • Supervise for engagement and learning. Delegate daily and weekly prep lists and duties to staff. Skilled teacher and thoughtful communicator who is invested in co-creating a positive work environment.
  • Assist in hiring of staff, conduct regular check-ins, daily supervision, and on-the-job training. 


  • Model and teach safe food handling guidelines. Store and properly handle raw or prepared foods and non-food supplies consistent with internal procedures and local health department guidelines.
  • Supervise and train staff to ensure proper procedures. Work efficiently and safely to coordinate the use of time, material and to avoid waste.
  • Train in new staff and assist with ongoing training for staff on equipment and operation. Follow safety regulations, report injuries, mistakes, or any unsafe conditions and work practices.


  • Excellent interpersonal relations and clear communication skills, ability to provide clear direction and redirection.
  • Motivation to improve systems and make positive changes.
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions and procedures. Able to read and understand the English language.
  • Organized, creative, and positive work style. Ability to multi-task. 


  • Food Manager Certification
  • 2+ years previous catering or large scale food preparation experience
  • Ability to work independently and also in a team setting
  • Ability to be on feet for extended periods of time and carry up to 50 lbs
  • Open availability during M – F, 8 a – 4 p


  • Compensation depending on experience, $18-$20/hour to start
  • Health and dental benefits for full-time employees
  • Food benefits while at work
  • Employee discount of 30%

To apply, email a resume and brief letter of introduction to catering AT

We encourage you to answer the following questions:

  • What’s your supervision experience and style in the kitchen?
  • What dishes are you best known for? What would you make for a dinner party?
  • What’s the best kitchen you’ve worked in, and what did you learn from it?

About Eat for Equity Catering

Eat for Equity Catering promotes and models equitable and sustainable food sourcing, provides access to conscious food choices, and uses catering to support local nonprofit causes. Eat for Equity Catering is a benefit corporation which began as a project of the nonprofit Eat for Equity.

About Eat for Equity

Eat for Equity builds a culture of generosity through sustainable community feasts.  We invite people to come together to eat, drink, give what they can, and raise thousands of dollars for other nonprofit causes.