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Kitchen Trainer [Full Time]

 

Freedom a la Cart is an innovative, nonprofit social enterprise and workforce development program born to help survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation build a new life of freedom and self sufficiency.  What started as a single food cart is now a bustling catering company.  Through offering supportive services, practical life skills, paid workforce training, one-on-one case management, and job coaching, Freedom is a place where survivors can heal, learn and grow as they prepare for sustainable employment opportunities in the community.

Freedom a la Cart offers a selection of fresh, from-scratch pastries, sandwiches and wraps, hearty salads, specialty desserts, hors d’oeuvres and our newest weekly meal service “Freedom at Home.”  Our goal is to serve delicious, beautiful food to our customers while providing life-changing training and opportunities to survivors.

 

Job Summary

 

The Kitchen Trainer will develop and lead the kitchen staff training program to effectively train new hires in safety and kitchen staff duties and facilitate ongoing training with current kitchen staff to support a learning environment.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure all Executive Chef menus, programs, concepts are followed by the workforce development team members (WFD)
  • Develop effective training program for new WFD team members
  • Develop ongoing training program for current WFD team members
  • Oversee and train WFD team members on all applicable health, safety and hygiene codes and standards
  • Work with the Executive Chef and the Director of Catering on WFD team members training needs
  • Participate in daily kitchen production/prep
  • Support and coach WFD team members in the preparation, cooking, and presentation of food
  • Maintain a clean, organized and professional work environment
  • Maintain Freedom a la cart standards and expectations of food quality, freshness and presentation.
  • Identify challenges and resolve them quickly and efficiently
  • Promote and maintain an environment of professionalism and positivity with other employees, customers and suppliers.
  • Teach and adhere to Freedom a la cart philosophy, culture and commitment to quality food and exemplary service
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Skills and Qualifications 

  • Lead by example with “whatever it takes” attitude
  • Organized, detail oriented, multi–tasker
  • Great communicator with ability to be clear and concise in giving instruction
  • Patience and compassion
  • Ability to maintain calmness in the kitchen while dealing with stressful situations during busy periods
  • Flexible with the ever ebbing and flowing needs of a growing company
  • 3 plus years of experience in a professional kitchen environment
  • Demonstrates skills proficiently on a consistent basis
  • Position requires standing for long periods of time
  • Most importantly, love to have fun while changing the world!

READY TO APPLY? We would LOVE to hear from you!!
Send email to freedom@freedomalacart.org with your resume and a cover letter/email stating why you’d like to work at Freedom a la Cart. Title the email subject: Kitchen Trainer — [Your Name]

 

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Line Cook [Full Time and Part Time]

 

Freedom a la Cart is in the midst of opening our new brick and mortar cafe located in downtown Columbus!  We are searching for stellar individuals to join our team as we open our new home to serve delicious cause cuisine to our community.

 

Overview of duties and responsibilities

  • Participate in daily kitchen production/prep. Prepare food for service
  • Maintain a clean, organized and professional work environment
  • Maintain quality food presentation and preparation
  • Cook menu items in cooperation with the rest of the kitchen staff
  • Answer, report and follow Executive or Sous Chef’s instructions
  • Adhere to guidelines of safety and sanitation
  • Ensure that food comes out simultaneously, in high quality and in a timely fashion
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Maintain a positive and professional approach with coworkers and customers
  • Responsible for clean up and restocking

 

Characteristics 

  • Leads by example with “whatever it takes” attitude
  • Organized, detail oriented, multi–tasker
  • Great communicator
  • Patience and compassion
  • 2+ years of culinary + baking experience (preferred)
  • Excellent understanding of various cooking methods, ingredients, equipment and procedures
  • Most importantly, love to have fun while changing the world!

 

READY TO APPLY? We would LOVE to hear from you!!
Send email to freedom@freedomalacart.org with your resume and a cover letter or email stating why you’d like to work at Freedom a la Cart. Title the email: Line Cook— [Your Name]

 

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Barista [Full Time and Part Time]

 

We are searching for an engaging, courteous Barista who is passionate about food and beverage preparation and education. To succeed as a barista, you should be committed to providing customers with excellent service. You should be positive, friendly, knowledgeable, and polite.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Welcoming customers, informing them about specials or new items, answering questions, and accepting orders and payments.
  • Preparing foods, such as baked goods, and grinding and blending coffee beans, brewing coffee and tea, and serving items to customers.
  • Cleaning and restocking work and dining areas, emptying trash, and sanitizing equipment and utensils.
  • Learning about brewing methods, beverage blends and presentation techniques to improve product quality.
  • Updating signage and displays to attract customers.
  • Taking inventory and replenishing items in display cases, at tables, or behind the counter.
  • Working as part of a fun, high-energy team.
  • Adhering to all food safety regulations and quality controls.
  • Promote and maintain an environment of professionalism and positivity with other employees, customers and suppliers.
  • Teach and adhere to Freedom a la Cart’s philosophy, culture and commitment to quality food and exemplary service.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Required Skills and Qualifications 

  • Lead by example with “whatever it takes” attitude
  • Organized, detail oriented, multi–tasker
  • Great communicator with ability to be clear and concise in giving instruction
  • Patience and compassion
  • Ability to maintain calmness in the kitchen while dealing with stressful situations during busy periods
  • Flexible with the ever ebbing and flowing needs of a growing company
  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Experience in food and beverage preparation or customer service preferred.
  • Training and willingness to continue learning about food and beverage preparation.
  • Exceptional listening and communication skills.
  • Ability to walk, bend, and stand for extended periods.
  • Availability to work around peak hours, including early mornings, lunch, weekends, and holidays.
  • Commitment to customer satisfaction and service excellence.
  • Willingness to work as part of a high-energy, efficient team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Most importantly, love to have fun while changing the world!

Send an email to freedom@freedomalacart.org with your resume and a cover letter/email stating why you’d like to work at Freedom a la Cart. Title the email subject: Freedom Barista — [Your Name]

In keeping with Freedom a la Cart’s commitment to diversity, community engagement, and social justice, we seek candidates who cultivate an equitable workplace environment.We believe that our clients, staff, board of directors and volunteers should reflect the diverse world in which we live, with attention to race, ethnicity, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ability. Freedom a la Cart is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.