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Position: Culinary Food Truck Manager
Organization: Elevate Society
Location: Vancouver, BC

ElevATE Society is looking to hire a permanent culinary manager/chef with a minimum of five years of industry experience. Our organization is very fortunate to have the support of Chef Ken Iaci, who has extensive experience as a head chef and restaurant owner throughout North America. Chef Ken will provide mentorship and support for the successful applicant and set them up for success!

Previous experience in catering, banquets, or food truck operations is considered an asset. This position has multiple phases with the first being the running and managing of the Cultivate truck. We are looking for a self-starter with a vision for growth.

Ongoing Responsibilities:

  • Recruit and hire staff
  • Plan menus and ensure food meets quality standards
  • Estimate food requirements and food/labour costs
  • Supervise, train and monitor the progress of the culinary team
  • Arrange for provisioning, equipment purchases and repairs
  • Comply with municipal and regional health, safety, and sanitation regulations
  • Be fully vaccinated and comply with provincial covid-19 guidelines
  • Liaise with operations teams at each hospital to coordinate the truck schedule
  • Obtain and comply with municipal licensing requirements
  • Obtain and comply with fire safety regulations
  • Keep time and payroll records
  • Maintain a positive and professional approach to coworkers, customers
  • Help grow customer engagement through direct customer interaction and via social media platforms
  • Source ingredients from local suppliers including farmers and fishermen
  • Work closely with Chef Ken Iaci who will provide a mentorship/support role
  • Provide regular reports to the Steering Committee
  • Reports directly to the Board of Directors


  • Proven work experience as a culinary professional
  • Excellent record of kitchen management and workflow logistics
  • Ability to spot and resolve problems efficiently
  • Capable of delegating multiple tasks
  • Communication and leadership skills
  • Embrace sustainability and nutrition as the foundations of ElevATE
  • Keep up with cooking trends and best practices
  • Working knowledge of various computer software programs including MS Office/POS
  • Excellent customer service and people skills
  • Effective in communication, conflict management and leadership skills
  • Credentials in FoodSafe Level 1 and 2
  • Credentials in WHMIS
  • Credentials in Standard First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Have a valid class 5 licence and provide a clean driver abstract
  • Have access to a vehicle and the ability to drive a food truck
  • Experience in the non profit sector or working with marginalised people from various cultural backgrounds and/or those with barriers to employment
  • Criminal record check
  • Eligible to work in Canada

The Successful Candidate will:

  • Manage day-to-day operations at the commissary kitchen and in the food truck
    • Including lunch services at rotating hospitals during weekday and catering for evenings/weekends
  • Develop, test, and execute a limited menu appropriate for a food truck
  • Recruit, train, and manage a team of up to five cooks
  • Establish and foster relationships with local producers and suppliers
  • Establish and foster relationships with operations team at each hospital site
  • Manage ongoing maintenance of the truck


This position is based out of the Coho Commissary Kitchen located in East Vancouver with a food truck rotating through the Lower Mainland.

Role Details:

  • Application deadline: Ongoing, or until the position is filled
  • Start Date: Immediately
  • Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience starting between $50,000.00 to $65,000.00 + prorated three weeks annual vacation + health and wellness plan.
  • Hours: Permanent full-time. Operations may include early mornings, evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Application Details:

In order to apply, send a cover letter and resume to

Please indicate you saw this posting at FoodWork.

We thank all applicants for their interest but only those receiving an interview will be contacted.

About Us:

ElevATE Society is a not-for-profit organization with dual goals. The first is creating self-sustaining social enterprises that return all profits to local charities. Once these social enterprises are up and running, the second goal is to create employment opportunities for people with barriers to employment with training and living wage employment.

ElevATE’s inaugural project is the Cultivate Food Truck. Not just any food truck - the Cultivate Truck visits hospitals throughout the lower mainland and serves healthy, locally-sourced and seasonal meals to hospital staff, patients and members of the community. All profits go back to the hospital foundations and support mental health programs, cancer research and many other amazing health care initiatives. When the truck is not at a hospital, we plan to offer catering with all profits going to support local community charities.

Once the Cultivate Food Truck is operating on a regular schedule, we will look to hire and train people with barriers to employment and pay them a better than living wage - allowing employees to make significant contributions to their communities while supporting their families and breaking the cycle of inequity.

We acknowledge that we live, work and play on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded territory of x?m?θk??y??m (Musqueam) peoples.


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 10 2022    ID: 62364