The Chopping Block

Job Opportunities at The Chopping Block

Taste the Difference – a unique sales management opportunity

If you love sharing your passion for food and cooking with others, it's time to rethink your career path! Consider working at Chicago's top recreational cooking school and making a difference in people's lives every single day. If you have a positive attitude, a love of people, and a true passion for our mission to "Get this Country Cooking", we'd like to meet you!

The Chopping Block Cooking School is seeking an Events Manager for the Private Parties, Corporate Events and Catering division of our business. Do you have a "can do" attitude, an affinity for building teams, and an understanding of building relationships for success? Then read on!

You will manage a small group of event coordinators, and be ultimately responsible for profitably increasing the level of event sales in TCB's two locations. To enjoy yourself along the way, you should have a passion for customer service, the drive to increase sales, and a degree of flexibility. Getting your hands dirty from time to time – perhaps overseeing a cooking class – is all in a day's work. You will be required to hold employees accountable for both internal and external communication, and must have the ability to develop and implement systems for increased efficiency.

You will report directly to the Director of Operations, serve on the Leadership Team and contribute input to marketing, human resource and strategy considerations.

If interested in this unique position in our fun environment, please send a letter telling us why we should interview you, along with your resume to Polly Peters.

Chef Instructor

The Chopping Block is seeking professional chefs to teach our popular cooking classes. Must have 3-5 years restaurant experience. Culinary degree, teaching experience and a working knowledge of ethnic cuisines a plus.

Flexible part time schedule includes nights and weekends. Humility and sense of humor required.

Class Assistant

The Chopping Block is seeking class assistants possessing a love for food and people. Culinary experience a plus; high energy and enthusiasm are a must.

Class assistant positions require evening and weekend work and a love of food. Some positions require cooking experience.

Retail Sales Associate

Do You Have the Recipe for Gourmet Retail Success?

If you are interested in and up to the challenge of making a difference in one of the most exciting businesses in Chicago read on. The Chopping Block, a recreational cooking school and gourmet retail store is looking for Retail Sales Associates (Full Time and Part Time) at both our Lincoln Square and Merchandise Mart locations. As the largest recreational cooking school in Chicago, offering more than 250 classes per month, and supporting an expansive and unique line of professional cookware and gourmet retail items, we are looking for team members who bring a ‘can do' attitude to join our family.

If you think you have the perfect balance of retail experience, a passion for all things food, understand the importance of building relationships and the ability to support our mission of getting people to cook, read on.

If you are interested in interviewing for this position please take the time to sell us on why we should interview you. No personal letter, no interview.

If you are interested in interviewing for this position, please take the time to sell us on why we should interview you. No personal letter, no interview.

If you can do this in the first 45 and then 90 days of working with us, send us your application.

45 Days:

  • Demonstrate resourceful and innovative thinking
  • Utilize sound people skills to engage customers fully, providing a fun, welcoming and gracious atmosphere
  • Display technical expertise for The Chopping Block's retail products
  • Demonstrate a passion for our mission and product

90 Days:

  • Demonstrate a ‘can do' attitude in an environment of variety and change  
  • Apply your natural ability to influence and impact sales
  • Create and implement new policies and initiatives, in partnership with your supervisor
  • Attend and participate in mandatory quarterly employee meetings

To apply

Click here to print out an application, or stop by one of our stores to pick one up. Completed applications may be faxed to one of the numbers listed below. Please include a resumé if applicable. No phone calls please.

Email to for Chef Instructor, Class Assistant and Retail Positions. for Event Positions.

Please include "application" and specify position in the subject line and attach resumé.

Fax To

Lincoln Square 773-275-4150
Merchandise Mart 312-644-6498

Mail To

The Chopping Block
222 Merchandise Mart, Suite 1506
Chicago IL 60654

Attn: Training Dept.


The Chopping Block
4747 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

Attn: Training Dept.

The Chopping Block is an equal opportunity employer.

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