SPACE on Ryder Farm Seeks Resident Chefs

SPACE on Ryder Farm, a residency program housed on a working 130-acre organic farm in Brewster, New York (90 minutes north of NYC), is seeking to engage experienced chefs for a minimum of two consecutive work weeks over the course of  SPACE’s 2019 season, which runs June through October.

About SPACE:

SPACE’s philosophy is simple: artists and social activists need the time and space to do what they do best--create. The only requirements at SPACE are that residents attend three communal meals daily prepared by the chef-in-residence, share what they’ve developed over their time at the farm at the culmination of their residency and give back two hours to Ryder Farm. The relationships that are forged at SPACE offer radiating benefits to the artistic and activist communities. The collaborations that are sparked, relationships that are built, ideas that are challenged and curiosities that are piqued last for years to come.

Overview of Chef Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and serve three meals daily for residents, interns, staff and guests. Meals serves 12-24 people. The weekly food budget will be provided based on the available produce from the farm and the number of people in residence. Budgets will range from $650 to $1,000.

  • Craft menus inspired by the seasonal organic produce from Ryder Farm and other local vendors that meet the specifications of any dietary restrictions, exhibit the chef’s own personal style and incorporate SPACE’s farm-fresh brand.

  • Prepare product orders and pick up orders from local suppliers, do weekly grocery shopping, and utilize the Ryder Farm CSA and farming operation for fresh ingredients for all meals prepared.

  • Mentor and train the intern corps (who assist in the kitchen and function as sous chefs).

  • Maintain a clean and sanitary kitchen, pantry and fridge.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Comfortable with and inspired by seasonal farm-to-table style of cooking.

  • An enthusiasm and passion for cooking and sharing food for large groups of people (chefs will eat and live alongside SPACE residents, in a creative atmosphere).

  • Ability and interest in educating and mentoring the SPACE intern corps on meal planning and cooking.

  • Comfortable and excited to cook for a variety of dietary restrictions including, but not limited to: vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan.

  • Ideal candidates will have at minimum 1 year restaurant experience (FOH or BOH).

More about the Position:

Compensation is $750.00 a week, payable according to all federal/state payroll practices.

To apply please email a résumé along with the following materials.

Please answer the following questions:
(maximum 250 words per question)

  • What does being a Food Citizen mean to you?

  • Describe how you would host a dinner party in your home.

  • How do you respond to living and working in communal environments?

Please submit a two day sample menu (breakfast, lunch and dinner each day) which includes at least one meal with a gluten free option and one meal with a vegan option.

SPACE is deeply committed to the belief that inclusion, equity, support and radical hospitality are not only important to creating art, but are vital in creating dialogue that leads to lasting change. SPACE on Ryder Farm is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.