Culinary Staff – Better Bite Community Kitchen

  • Location: Sydney, Nova Scotia
  • Deadline: February 12, 2021 at 5:00 pm

Work you can feel good about! Did you know that revenue from A Better Bite Cafe and Catering
supports New Dawn Meals on Wheels? When you join A Better Bite Community Kitchen, you’re not just cooking great food and delighting great customers, you’re also helping to support a charitable program that delivers 20,000+ meals every year to seniors in our community. If you’re passionate about food and dedicated to helping your community, you just might be the right fit for our team!

Deadline to Apply:

February 12, 2021 5:00 pm

$15.50/hour — 35 hours/week

Submit Resume To:
Claire Turpin


Reports to:
• Head Cook, Meals on Wheels / A Better Bite Community Kitchen
• Division Manager, A Better Bite Community Kitchen


A Better Bite Culinary Staff work under the direct supervision of the Head Cook to provide the necessary support for the timely and accurate production of meals for the New Dawn Meals on Wheels program. This position requires strict adherence to all policies and regulations for safety, therapeutic diets, and facility food preparation guidelines. A Better Bite Culinary Staff may also on occasion work closely with the Head of Catering and the Café Supervisor to ensure these three divisions of A Better Bite Community Kitchen are properly prepped and stocked with the necessary ingredients.


This position requires 35 hours per week at a rate of $15.50/hour. Gratuity is awarded for assistance on both catered events and café service.


Business hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, although this position may be required to work outside of that timeframe. An appropriate schedule will be developed on a biweekly basis.


This staff person may also be required for additional support during peak hours in the café by bussing tables, running errands and assisting with dishwashing. As with all positions within A Better Bite Community Kitchen / Meals on Wheels, there may be instances where the volunteer coordinator may ask for support with meal delivery.

Core Competencies

  • Customer Focus
  • Communication
  • Energy & Stress Management
  • Teamwork
  • Quality Orientation
  • Problem Solving
  • Accountability and Dependability
  • Operating Equipment
  • Ethics and Integrity

Job Duties

  • Basic chopping and peeling of fruits and vegetables to support recipes in A Better Bite
    Community Kitchen.
  • Prepare and serve all menu items according to kitchen policies and procedures.
  • Early morning baking: breads, biscuits, desserts.
  • Preparing soups, stocks and sauces.
  • Preparation of salads, fruits and vegetables.
  • Packaging and proper labelling of meals.
  • Demonstrate flexibility and fill in available shifts as required by staff.
  • Support, encourage and supervise a team of Meals on Wheels volunteers.
  • Set up and clearing of catering events and services.
  • Buffet service.
  • Dishwashing.
  • Delivery of meals, if required.
  • Ensure quality and safety of food preparation by performing standard and any additional
    sanitary measures including sweeping of floors, cleaning and sanitizing surfaces, proper
    covering and storage of food items according to standards and procedures.
  • Stay productive at all times and prepare for future needs.
  • Log all temperatures and record all cleaning duties as per kitchen standard operating
  • Demonstrate ability to follow instructions and willingness to take on new responsibilities and
  • Take pride in cleanliness and organization of the kitchen.
  • Must be able to multi-task and work at an efficient and consistent pace.
  • Contact Head Cook or Division Manager if a situation arises that requires approval.
  • Probes for clarity in order to understand or effectively implement change.
  • Adhere to all regulations including blood-borne pathogens, infection control, use of
    hazardous materials and fire safety.
  • Notify Head Cook when supplies are low to ensure that all food and other departmental
    supplies are ordered and received in a timely manner so that adequate inventory levels are
    maintained to support volume or anticipated volume.
  • Report any infraction in the food services department policies and procedures.
  • Arrive to work at the scheduled time.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
  • Participate actively in problem solving and decision making, and supports decisions made
    by the team.


  • Food safety training required.
  • First aid training required.
  • Clear criminal background check required.
  • 3-year culinary experience required.
  • A valid driver’s license.
  • Knowledge of methods and procedures for serving food, principles of sanitation, and
    principles of safe food handling required.
  • Must be free of diseases that may be transmitted in the performance of job responsibilities.
  • Ability to lift up to 50lb required.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Highly flexible, with solid interpersonal skills that allow one to work effectively in a diverse
    working environment.
  • Highly effective teamwork skills.
  • Attention to detail in all areas of work.
  • Superior time management skills, multitasking skills, and the ability to prioritize tasks with
    minimal supervision.
  • Strong problem identification and problem resolution skills.
  • Strong work ethic and positive team attitude.

Working Conditions

  • Interacts with volunteers, family of clients, staff and visitors in a respectful manner.
  • Travel may be required.
  • Manual dexterity required to use desktop computer and peripherals.
  • Overtime as required.




Please note: Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

About New Dawn Enterprises

We are a non-profit, private, volunteer-directed social enterprise dedicated to community building. We identify
community needs and establish and operate ventures that speak to those needs. We are the oldest Community
Development Corporation in Canada and a founding member of the Canadian Community Economic Development
Network. Our Mission, to engage the community to create a culture of self-reliance, is as relevant today as it was
when the organization was founded back in 1976.

Our work falls into two broad categories: We respond to current needs, developing community-based solutions in the areas of housing, at-home senior care, meal delivery, and immigration settlement. We also work to change
systems & structures that impede Cape Breton’s vibrancy and its prosperity. Today New Dawn is focused on
immigration, governance, and capital.

As a non-profit social enterprise, some of our services generate revenues. These revenues are reinvested in New
Dawn, allowing us to develop new projects and take on new community issues in pursuit of a more vibrant and self-reliant Cape Breton Island.

Mission: To engage the community to create and support a culture of self-reliance
Vision: A self-reliant people living in a vibrant community