How to apply

Food Service Chef


Deadline to Apply:  Indefinite

Class  Department
% Time 
(# of months)
Work Hours
Minimum Salary
Food Service Chef To be determined To be determined

To be determined


All correspondence to applicants will be sent through e-mail, including exam dates. Please check your e-mail, including Spam or Junk email. We also suggest you add these e-mail addresses to your e-mail contacts: and

To view your exam dates, exam scores, and current register positions online, go to Log in and click on "Civil Service Activity." 

Minimum Qualifications:
1. Any combination totaling two (2) years (24 months) from the following categories:

a. college course work in the culinary arts field

b. vocational training in the culinary arts field (such as an apprenticeship that provided preparation similar to that identified in a.)

· 60 semester hours/Associate’s degree/apprenticeship equals two (2) years (24 months)
· 90 semester hours equals three (3) years (36 months)
· 120 semester hours/Bachelor’s degree equals four (4) years (48 months)

c. skilled work experience (such as an Assistant Chef or Culinary Worker IV) in large-scale cooking in a variety of food areas (meats, baking, desserts, salads, sauces, etc.) and in a variety of international cuisines (European, American, Asian, etc.) that provided a knowledge of food science, food service management, food sanitation, and the culinary arts and their practice equivalent to that provided in the programs identified in a or b*

2. Five (5) years (60 months) of progressively broader and more responsible work experience in food production in addition to the training/experience listed in #1. The experience must have included work in a variety of cuisines, quality standards, cost controls, recipe development, catering, and food styling with a minimum of one (1) year (12 months) of supervisory experience. Two (2) years (24 months) of this experience must have been as a chef in a commercial or institutional operation.

3. Certification as a Food Service Sanitation Manager (FSSMC) as prescribed by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), within the six-month probationary period.

To view more information about this classification:

Additional Information:
The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a written contingent offer.

Pre-employment drug screen required. 

Special Instructions: 
An updated application and copies of college transcripts must be submitted by the time you submit the exam request, in addition to any other relevant documents, such as a resume, staff development course listing, etc. These documents can be electronically attached to your online application through the "Documents" link on Part 2 of the application. Be sure to select the appropriate document type for ease of retrieval. Documents may also be submitted in one of the following ways: hand deliver or mail to Staff Human Resources, 52 East Gregory Drive, Champaign, IL, 61820; or fax to 217-244-7304.

To Apply:
Applicants and Employees must submit an online Application and Exam Request form (you must submit both) at jobs.illinois.eduIf an application was previously submitted, an update is still required.Your request to create a civil service application will be processed within two (2) business days (Monday - Friday). Your logon information will be e-mailed to you.  When you receive your logon information, you can complete your online Civil Service employment application and exam request form.

Exam Scoring Information:
In addition to the knowledge portion of this exam, the updated online application and all uploaded, relevant documents, such as a resume, college transcripts, and/or staff development course listings, will be used in the calculation of the exam score. These documents should be uploaded by the time you submit your exam request. For this exam, please remember to include all relevant work experience typically including assisting in the development and coordination of all recipes, menus, and production staff development programs for the food service of a university residence hall system.

If you have any questions, call us during regular office hours (8:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Monday through Friday) at 217-333-2137.

We appreciate your interest in University employment.

Campus’ commitment to diversity and Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Policy:
Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (

Posted: 07/29/16 - Indefinite

Do not apply if you are a current employee working in this classification. Current employees may request to be added to the Transfer List.