Job postings – Growing Chefs!

Growing Chefs! is growing!

If you, or someone you know, is interested in joining our team working to teach kids and families about healthy food and healthy food systems, we're hiring for two positions:

1) Fund Development/Marketing Assistant - Apply by July 9th
Part-time at 20 hours/week
 - possibility of full-time work combined with part-time position with Athletics For Kids

We are looking for an individual who is passionate about promoting food sustainability, local and urban agriculture, and children’s health. In this key support role, the successful candidate will work with the Executive Director to support and promote our fundraising and marketing efforts. It will offer the successful candidate an inside view of the workings of a registered charity and experience applicable to both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

The anticipated start date is July 30th, 2015. This position is based in Vancouver, B.C.

Click here to see a more comprehensive job description and application information 

2) Acting Executive Director
13 month term beginning November 2, 2015; Full-time at 35 hours/week

Growing Chefs! is looking for a highly qualified individual who is passionate about food sustainability and working with children and who can lead our organization while our Executive Director takes a year’s maternity leave.

The role of the Acting Executive Director is to manage the full scope of operations of Growing Chefs! under the direction and governance of the Board of Directors. In this key leadership role, the successful candidate will work with the Board of Directors to lead our organization, guided by a strategic plan that we have in place. The Acting Executive Director will manage our annual schools programs, develop and maintain fundraising activities, and manage two paid staffers and a team of about 200 volunteers. As a small but growing organization, responsibilities include everything from stewarding our supporters and funders to collecting and cleaning school supplies.

The position offers the successful candidate an opportunity to use your executive-level experience leading a non-profit organization and to apply your hands-on skills in managing and growing a successful, established program. It also offers a highly rewarding personal experience in a caring, supportive environment.

Full position description and details to apply can be found here.

Thanks again!
Helen Stortini
Executive Director
Growing Chefs! Chefs For Children's Urban Agriculture

Chefs’ Table Society Annual General Meeting: September 24, 2013

On Tuesday, September 24, the Chefs' Table Society of British Columbia will hold their Annual General Meeting at the Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks and will inform members of the exciting new scholarship opportunities and upcoming events.

Chefs' Table Society Annual General Meeting

Date: September 24, 2013
Time: General Meeting at 2:00pm, AGM at 3:30pm
Where: Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks - 1740 W 2nd Avenue, Vancouver (map)
Guests: Open to members and the general public
Belong: Become a Chef or Supporter member for $35 annually

AGM Focal Points

  • Meet the current Chefs' Table Society Board, learn about our Values, and understand what our Committees are doing to enhance the culinary community
  • Meet our new Executive Director, Nessa van Bergen
  • Sign up in person to be a Chef or Supporter member
  • Meet fellow members and interact with Board and Committee representatives

Apply now for the Barbara-Jo Books To Cooks Chef Literacy Scholarship

Barbara-Jo Books To Cooks Chef Literacy Scholarship

Open to all Cooks and Culinary Students

Barbara-jo Books To Cooks is a longstanding crown jewel in Vancouver’s culinary scene; a cultural mecca for foodies.

A unique scholarship opportunity has been created by Barbara-Jo to help cooks obtain the books of their dreams - a book to bring you to modern times, a book of classics to spark your passion, a text book or reference book to start your own business. This your chance to start or enhance your personal library.

For Barbara-jo, it's a chance to nourish the principals that form the foundation of her business. "I believe in the preservation of libraries and the knowledge that comes from real books," she explains.  "The idea of holding a book in your hand, of spending time to savour the gift of turning each page, is something that should be passed on to each generation."

"We bring in books from around the world," she adds.  "They're essential reading for young, professional chefs.  But they can be expensive, especially if you're just starting out.  So I got to thinking: How can I pass on an experience I've always cherished to the young chefs who need it most?"

To apply, simply write to The Chefs Table Society. In several paragraphs describe yourself, where you want to go with your career, what book you are looking for and the reason why.

Applications will be reviewed on the last day of every season, or 4 times a year, so you can apply throughout the year.

Send your application letter to:

Chefs’ Table Society of BC Sponsors Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship

The Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia Sponsors $10,000 grand prize for 

Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship 

Young Canadians will compete for prize in front of Canada’s most revered judges

Ten young chefs from across Canada will have the chance to win a life-changing grand prize of $10,000, funded by founding sponsors The Chefs’ Table Society of BC, at the inaugural Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship competition this October. The Chefs’ Table Society of BC are generously providing the grand prize of $10,000 for the next three years of the competition.

The Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship program is a non-profit culinary foundation created to provide a platform for talented young Canadian chefs to get a head start in their career, making it a perfect match for The Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia; a chef-run province-wide collaborative dedicated to creating a foundation for the exchange of information between culinary professionals.

"Mentorship, camaraderie and creating a legacy full of opportunity and awareness for established and rising young chefs is a mandate we’ve always embraced," says Chef Julian Bond, President of Chefs' Table Society of BC. "These values have also been embraced by the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship competition and that’s why we’re proud to come aboard as a founding sponsor. The competition will be a great opportunity for these young chefs, both personally and professionally, and we look forward to our sponsorship making a difference this year and in the years to come".

"Over the last 10 years The Chefs' Table Society of British Columbia has demonstrated time and again our commitment to elevating the culinary profession in BC,” says Society Vice President Robert Clark. “The Chefs' Table Society's inaugural endowment of $10,000 to the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship is another example of that commitment. As a society, we are constantly striving to shine the spotlight on the many talented chefs and purveyors in our midst.”

“We’re thrilled to be working in partnership with The Chefs’ Table Societyof BC and are so thankful for their generous sponsorship of the grand prize,” says Chef David Hawksworth. “It will make such a difference to our young chef winner’s life and career and we look forward to working with them over the next three years and taking the competition from strength to strength.”

The winner of the inaugural 2013 Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship will receive the $10,000 bursary and a stage at a top international restaurant – giving them the inspiration and opportunity needed to develop their professional skills.

Judges include Chef Normand Laprise, owner and head chef of Toqué! and Brasserie T!; Chef Mark McEwan, star of Top Chef Canada; as well as award-winning food author Jacob Richler. Vancouver-based celebrity Chef Vikram Vij and Corporate Executive Chef of Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants Chef Anthony Walsh. Hawksworth Restaurant’s Chef de Cuisine Kristian Eligh and Chef David Hawksworth will be representing the West Coast on the judging panel.

The competition is open to Red Seal Canadian chefs under 28 years of age that are currently working full-time with a professional kitchen. Ten selected finalists will gather for the final at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in Vancouver on Sunday October 27th 2013.

Twitter: @HawkScholarship 

 About Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship: 

A Canadian non-profit culinary foundation, the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship, was created to recognize and inspire young Canadian chefs, whilst promoting professionalism and culinary excellence within the hospitality industry. Through its national annual competition, the scholarship program provides a platform for talented young chefs to get a head start through recognition, mentorship and an unparalleled opportunity to work in the country’s leading restaurants.

About The Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia: 

Founded by Jamie Maw and Sid Cross, the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia is a registered, non-profit society composed of B.C.’s leading chefs and culinary professionals. It is a province-wide collaborative dedicated to creating a foundation for the exchange of information between culinary professionals. The Society supports innovative and sustainable programs that will inspire, educate and nurture B.C. chefs, producers and the local food industry. The Chefs’ Table Society secures apprenticeships for and bestows bursaries to emerging local chefs and also finances culinary education programs in BC schools. For more information or to become a member visit:


Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship contact:

T: 604.609.6678
Brody Jones


Chefs' Table Society of BC contact:
T: 604.689.8935
Céline Turenne


Media contact: 
Hawksworth Communications 
T: 604.609.6678 
Annabel Hawksworth

Now Hiring: Executive Director to the Chefs’ Table Society Board

The Chefs' Table Society of British Columbia is looking to hire an experienced and proactive Executive Director commencing June 1, 2013.

Job Description

Executive Director, Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia

Reports to

Board of Directors

Job Summary

The Executive Director must possess an extreme passion for local food production, sustainable ingredients and the advancement of the culinary field in British Columbia. This position will work closely with the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia Board of Directors. The Executive Director is responsible for establishing and executing major goals and objectives for the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia. Implements policies established by the board of directors. Provides leadership, direction and guidance of the society’s activities. Analyzes and evaluates the effectiveness of all the society’s operations. Develops and maintains organizational structure and effective personnel including volunteers, board and committee members. Represents the society in the community to donors, partners, members and the general public.


  • Executes board-approved policy
  • Directs and oversees short and long term strategic plans
  • Manages revenue streams and logistics
  • Attends monthly board meetings
  • Provides leadership through effective objective setting, delegation and communication
  • Delegates authority and responsibility to committee members and volunteers
  • Co-ordinates and directs volunteers
  • Manages quarterly events
  • Manages charitable relations
  • Manages website content by facilitating discussion and problem solving
  • Oversees administration of membership packages and communication
  • Recommends changes to policies and procedures that would improve the society
  • Maintains an effective and cost efficient office environment

Job Requirements

  • Must be highly organized and have problem solving abilities
  • At least 4 years’ experience working for a non-for profit or past experience as an executive director or ability to execute on:
    • Enforcing minimum requirements of directors sitting on the Board
    • Signing at least 1 new partner per quarter
    • Building a fundraising program and managing related events (4 times per year)
    • Staffing each Society committee with at least 3 volunteers from the membership base
    • Increasing membership by at least 50%
    • Publishing or facilitating publication of content in the News, Events, and Member Community areas on a weekly basis
    • Improving and updating the Society's business plan
  • A diploma in Fundraising, Sales, or Business from a recognized educational institution is preferred

Accepting Applications May 1-20, 2013

Submit your resume and cover letter

Chefs’ Table Society Annual General Meeting: September 25, 2012

On Tuesday, September 25, the Chefs' Table Society of British Columbia will hold their Annual General Meeting, with an olive oil tasting to kick off the event at 3:30pm. The AGM will be held at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts and will inform members of past and future developments.

Chefs' Table Society Annual General Meeting

Date: September 25, 2012
Time: Olive Oil Tasting at 3:30pm, Meeting at 4:00pm
Where: Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts - 1505 W 2nd Avenue, Vancouver (map)
Guests: Open to members and the general public
Belong: Become a Chef or Supporter member for $35 annually

AGM Focal Points

Chefs’ Table is looking for a Partnerships & Sponsorships Committee Chair

The Chefs' Table Society will have an exciting year ahead. To be elected at our AGM on September 25, 2012, discover the part you could play as our next Partnerships & Sponsorships Committee Chair.


  • Focus on initiatives to increase partnerships and sponsorships
  • Developing strategies to identify and actively pursuing opportunities in the BC area
  • Find partners to sponsor society’s events, members and organizations the society supports



Partnerships & Sponsorship initiatives by your committee must support at least one of the following CTS values:

  • foster camaraderie among chefs, protect our food security
  • promote sustainability. strive to create a legacy for our young chefs
  • raise funds for local non-profits, scholarships, bursaries and the
  • CTS legacy library and support local BC producers.

Board Member Code of Conduct

As a Board Member of the Chefs' Table Society of British Columbia, you are asked to make the following commitments during your tenure on the Board. This are minimum requirements. Breaching the Code of Conduct may result in a call for resignation.
  • Attend a minimum of 9 meetings a year.  Ensure that proxy attends in your place in your absence.
  • Present committee activity updates at monthly board meetings (last Tuesday of each month at 2pm)
  • Organize 1 event per year, relevant to your committee’s mandates, goals and initiatives.
  • Working with the society’s administrator / event coordinator to coordinate details and date of event
  • Submitting event details (4 weeks prior) or news (at the time or no later than 1 week prior) that requires promotion to the marketing/branding committee
  • Recruit at least 4 members per year
  • Provide year end report of accomplishments and future initiatives at 2013 AGM
  • Post or have a proxy/committee member post regular committee updates and news within your group page on the CTS online community page
  • Name a minimum of 2 committee members/volunteers other than their proxy within a month of being elected

Chairs are accountable for all actions to be executed by their committee.

Application Form

Join Bocuse d’Or Canada 2013


Calling all Canadian chefs! Applications to select the candidate representing Canada at the 2013 edition of the Bocuse d’Or will be accepted beginning October 1st, 2009 and will close on December 1st, 2009. The finals competition will take place in Toronto in April 2010. For the National Qualifying Criteria, click here. For the application form, click here.