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Culinary Apprentice 

About the Organization The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation exists to preserve Taliesin and Taliesin West for future generations, and enrich society through an understanding of Frank Lloyd Wright's ideas, architecture, and design.  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran or uniformed service member status or any other characteristic protected by law.  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Location Taliesin  
Number of Openings 1  
Open Date 3/14/2017  

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation invites applications for a full-time seasonal Culinary Apprentice to work with us for the 2017 academic season at Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright's Wisconsin home and studio. Located in the Driftless Area of southwestern Wisconsin, Taliesin is the summer home of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Apprenticeship runs from end of May through beginning of November, 2017, and includes a stipend plus room and board.

Position Summary:

Frank Lloyd Wright established the Taliesin Fellowship in 1932 to provide a total learning environment that would foster responsible, creative, and cultured human beings. Apprentices, as members of the Fellowship were called, gained experience not only in architecture but also in construction, farming, gardening, and cooking, and the study of nature, music, art, and dance. From its origins Taliesin has served as a living, working, educational space, forming a creative and diverse community of professional architects, artists, faculty, students, and staff. Together with the Taliesin Farms and Vegetable Garden, the Hillside Kitchen serves to showcase the principles of Wright’s original vision for Taliesin through the integration of farming and gardening into the academic, cultural, and communal day-to-day activities on the 600-acre property in Spring Green, Wisconsin.

Under the mentorship of the Chef/Kitchen Manager, the Taliesin Culinary Apprentice will participate in Monday-Saturday meal planning and preparation for students, faculty, and guests of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture; staff and volunteers of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin Preservation; and the community of Taliesin Fellowship residents. With the unique opportunity to learn from both farmers and the chef, the apprentice will see how and where food is grown; learn methods for preserving and canning; and help plan and prepare fresh meals based on seasonality and local availability alongside the School’s students. The apprentice will have the opportunity to live, work, and learn at a one-of-a-kind non-profit educational organization; to participate in cultural opportunities offered onsite; and to play an active role in a dynamic and vibrant community.

Essential Functions:

  • Works with the Chef/Kitchen Manager to plan lunch and dinner menus taking into account anticipated guests, dietary restrictions, popularity of various dishes, budgetary factors and the goal of creating zero waste. Menu items may include but are not limited to soups, salads, sandwiches, hot entrees, vegetable dishes, side dishes, dressings and sauces, fresh breads and baked goods.
  • Helps prepare weekday and Saturday lunch including soup to be served at 12:30 p.m. and dinner including dessert to be served at 6:30 p.m.
  • Works alongside students who help with the preparation, cooking, and serving of meals.
  • Helps maintain clean and orderly kitchen and kitchen equipment and ensure that required sanitary levels are maintained throughout preparation, serving, and storing process.
  • Assists the Chef/Kitchen Manager with special events, monthly Taliesin Evenings, and projects that involve collaboration between the farmers and the students.
  • May assist with farming and gardening activities including planting, weeding, and harvesting.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Position Requirements
  • Appropriate combination of education and experience in culinary technique and food preparation; experience working in a commercial kitchen, in self-serve, community kitchen or in catering preferred.
  • Able to effectively communicate using various methods as appropriate for the needs of the audience and talk to others to convey information effectively.
  • Versatile, flexibile, and a willing to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm.
  • Demonstrated time management skills and able to prioritize work while meeting productivity standards.
  • Able to consistently report to work on time prepared to perform duties of position.
  • Able to perform successfully in a highly visible position.
  • Able to work well with diverse audience including managers, employees, residents, students and guests; willing to participate in Taliesin life and actively engage with the residential community.
  • Able to work as a team member and independently.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Physical Demands: While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee will be required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; and consistently receive and/or give direction. The employee must regularly lift up to 25 pounds and regularly carry 15-20 pounds the length of the garden area. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Work environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Salary Compensation package includes $10,873 total stipend for six months of service, plus room and board. Benefits include group medical, dental, vision, and paid holidays, and the intangible benefit of working at a National Historic Landmark that was Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home and studio.  

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