A new culinary institute in Ketchum/Sun Valley, Idaho seeks a Full-Time Chef Instructor. The Sun Valley Culinary Institute (SVCI) is a community supported not-for-profit committed to being a center for culinary education and a hub for culinary arts. As an educational institution, SVCI will serve two groups of students: professional students and enthusiast cooks. The Professional Program is designed for students committed to beginning a career in the foodservice industry. This one-year program offers a unique balance of kitchen classes and professional experience at an affordable cost, with a small class size. SVCI’s approach provides a distinct alternative to the more traditional college level culinary arts programs. The Professional Program is a non-accredited program consisting of four months of intensive instruction and eight months of industry experience (two 4-Month externships). A wide variety of Enthusiast Classes will be offered to the public while the professional students participate in their externships. This timeline correlates to the busy seasons in Sun Valley when expertly delivered cooking classes are in high demand.
Given the small size of the school and the mix of professional curriculum, enthusiast classes, and community activities, the role of the Chef Instructor is multifaceted. Thus, it is ideal for someone who enjoys being involved in all aspects of a culinary school and welcomes the challenges of a start-up business. The Chef Instructor must have strong culinary skills and an ability to teach and manage programs. SVCI will begin its first Professional Program in September of 2021. The candidate will need to relocate to the beautiful mountain town of Sun Valley, ID. It should be noted that the primary role of the Chef Instructor is to provide daily instruction to professional and enthusiast students alike.
To be considered for this position, SVCI requires:
Minimum 5 years-experience as a Chef Instructor
Substantial experience in culinary education, ideally with both instructional and administrative experience
Proven ability to lead
In addition, SVCI recommends the following:
Professional experience in multiple foodservice segments
Ability to thrive in a start-up environment
Experience in non-vocational (enthusiast) cooking classes
Bachelors or Master’s Degree
Candidates for this position must thrive as a self-starter and demonstrate a proven track record for guiding organizations toward excellence. This individual must also possess strong leadership, organizational, and people skills. Some level of fundraising, PR, and community engagement skills are desirable.
Chef Instructor Responsibilities include:
Direct day-to-day culinary operations for both professional and enthusiast classes. This includes:
Ordering and managing food inventory
Delivery of professional classes
Development and delivery of enthusiast classes
Management of all kitchen assets, staff, and activities
Professional Student recruitment, externship supervision, student assessments, and career advising
Adapt professional curriculum as needed in partnership with the Dean
Maintain operational budget
Develop and deliver other innovative culinary activities as appropriate
Support marketing, media, PR, and event activities as required
Reporting: The Chef Instructor reports to the Director.
Salary: Competitive for a Chef Instructor of a culinary school. A benefits package with health insurance will be provided.
Contact: Please send a cover letter explaining why you are interested in the job and resume to:
Sun Valley Culinary Institute
PO Box 3088
Sun Valley, ID 83353
About Sun Valley Culinary Institute
The Sun Valley Culinary Institute's (SVCI) mission is to provide culinary education to students, professionals, and enthusiasts. Attract and develop workforce talent for our diverse hospitality industries. Strengthen and diversify the local economy. Promote community health and wellness with a focus on local food sources and sustainability.
SVCI is an educational institution dedicated to preparing professional culinarians to begin
a career in the foodservice industry. SVCI also prepares students to confidently enter into an accredited culinary arts program with relevant industry experience and skills. SVCI is not an accredited institution of higher learning and cannot issue college credits or a formal degree. This allows SVCI to solely focus on culinary education.
SVCI is dedicated to training industry professionals to begin a career in the foodservice industry. At the
same time, SVCI provides culinary classes and experiences to amateur cooks and enthusiasts. While SVCI serves these two distinct clienteles, programming operates independently and the two will not overlap in terms of facility use. During the periods of intensive professional coursework, there is not a focus o...n enthusiast classes. While the professional students are on paid externships, SVCI will offer a variety of enthusiast classes to a non-professional clientele. In conjunction with its food and beverage industry partners, students will have the opportunity to attend locally hosted national and international meetings and forums.
SVCI is located in Ketchum, ID home to the Sun Valley, the first destination ski resort in the United States.