Assistant Chef (19853593)

Food Services
East Bay
Until filled
$17.86-$21.72 Hourly



Fremont is a well-managed and innovative city, and has recently generated national attention by placing 7th on the list of the Greenest Cities in America according to a 2018 Wallet Hub survey and ranking as the 3rd Best City in the Nation to raise a family,  also according to a 2018 Wallet Hub Survey.  Located in the heart of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, Fremont prides itself on innovation, green technology, a low crime rate, great schools, a low unemployment rate, quality parks and nearby open space, and an incredibly diverse population of over 235,439 residents. As a full service city, Fremont employs over 937 regular employees and has a General Fund budget of $205.7 million for the 2018-19 fiscal year. 

Fremont is an employer that values its people, creativity, quality service, integrity, open communication, collaboration, mutual respect, and diversity.  Employees find their work challenging, yet rewarding, and most importantly, enjoy the chance to make a difference through public service.  Think Fremont!  

The Position

The City of Fremont is looking for an Assistant Chef to join the crew at the City-operated Senior Center.  Under direction of the Chef/Food Services Manager, the Assistant Chef will participate in the preparation, serving and clean up of a large number of “classic” lunch items for seniors as well as some catering engagements.  The Assistant Chef may substitute for the Chef/Food Service Manager in the latter's absence.  This is a thirty-two (32) hours per week position.  Normally the work hours are 6:30am - 1:30pm, Monday through Friday, very rarely are weekends and evenings required.

What is a typical day like for the ASSISTANT CHEF?

¨ Participate in receiving and inventory of ordered food and kitchen supplies.

¨ Prepare raw ingredients for cooking and cook food.

¨ Clean food service equipment such as dishes, flatware, pots, pans, serving equipment, stoves, sinks and floors.

¨ Return food service equipment to correct location after use/cleaning.

¨ Participate in the set up and break down of the food serving line.

¨ Participate in serving of food.

¨ Receive and respond to customer requests.

¨ Purchase food and supplies that are needed immediately from off-site locations.

¨ Coordinate and schedule the set-up and break down of classes & events.

¨ Other duties as assigned.

The ideal Candidate for this job

The City of Fremont is searching for an effective team player who is able to multi-task in a fast-paced work environment.  The Assistant Chef will have knowledge of foods commonly used in quantity meal preparation, kitchen cleaning techniques, and be able to use knives, scissors and other kitchen cooking implements.  The successful candidate must have the ability to prepare foods according to written and oral instructions, use common food preparation implements, and learn to operate specialized kitchen equipment.  In addition, the candidate must have the ability to develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

What we are looking for in a candidate:

Any combination of education and/or experience that has provided the knowledge and skills necessary for satisfactory job performance would be qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and skills would be:

¨ Eighteen months of experience in food preparation in a quantity food services facility. 

¨ Course work in an accredited vocational institution which includes quantity food preparation, equipment sanitation, and safe work practices.  This may be substituted for six months of the required experience.

¨ Strong customer service skills are essential and experience working with seniors is preferred.

¨ Possession of a Serve Safe Certification is required.

¨ Possession of a valid Class C California Driver’s License is required.  This classification requires the ability to travel independently within and outside of City limits.

¨ Ability to safely lift and carry up to fifty (50) pound boxes or bags is required.


The salary for this part-time position ranges from $17.86 to $21.72 per hour depending on qualifications.  Fremont offers an attractive pro-rated benefits package, which includes, but is not limited to:  CalPERS retirement plan, paid holidays, medical, dental and other city paid benefits. A complete  benefits summary can be found at or by using this link: Benefits Summary

This position is represented by the CFEA bargaining unit. The probationary period for this position is twelve (12) months.


To be considered for this  position, apply online by submitting a completed City application and resume through our on line application system:

The test process for this position may include a written and/or performance exam, an individual and/or panel interview, fingerprint and reference checks, and medical evaluation.  Only those candidates who have the best combination of qualifications in relation to the requirements and duties of the position will continue in the selection process.  Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to participate in the process.