What is a Brigaid chef?
At its core, a Brigaid chef is not unlike any other type of chef — the primary goal is to feed people delicious meals. Specifically, the bulk of the meals you prepare will go to students who need nutritious food to fuel their work in the classroom.
You will also be expected to continue honing your craft. Brigaid is committed to developing complete chefs and will provide all of the tools and resources necessary for you to continuously improve as a chef and leader.
Much of that development will happen in the school kitchens as you oversee an operation preparing meals for hundreds of students daily while keeping the menu fresh yet USDA compliant. Beyond the school kitchen, you will also be able to stage at some of the finest restaurants in the world. In the past year, Brigaid chefs have staged at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, The Progress, State Bird Provisions and Single Thread, just to name a few.
When you join Brigaid, you join a team of chefs each experiencing the same challenge of preparing delicious meals for several hundred students every day. You will bounce ideas off each other, share recipes, and collaborate on community meals. Every step along the way, you will have the support of these like-minded and passionate peers whenever you need it.
One truly unique aspect of the Brigaid chef role is the 1:1 relationship between chef and school. You are a full-time employee of your school overseeing a single kitchen. Much like the head chef of a restaurant, you will form relationships with the service providers that support the kitchen as well as with the students, staff, and teachers whom you feed. For many of our chefs, the relationships they build with the people who eat their food every single day are some of the most rewarding aspects of their job.
Maybe the restaurant you worked at had 5 to 10 regulars — you’ll now have 500 to 1,000 “regulars” in the form of students, all of whom won’t hesitate to tell you exactly what they thought of your food, for better or for worse. For each of these students, you will have the opportunity to feed them 5,000+ meals over the course of their K-12 education — that’s impact.