Guest Chef

When you walk into the kitchen of the Ronald McDonald House and a group of volunteers are preparing a home-cooked meal for the families, you can just smell the love in the air.  It is the aromas of a home-cooked meal or freshly baked cookies, and so much more.  It is comfort food that rejuvenates the mind and spirits of families coming home after a long, stressful day at the hospital caring for their loved ones.

“The best part of being a Guest Chef is making the lives of guests a little easier, while they are going through difficult times.”
-Casco Bay Sunrise Rotary Club.


More Info
  • We recommend planning to cook for 15-20 people, however, you can call the House the day before your scheduled meal for a more accurate headcount.
  • For Dinner: Groups should arrive between 4 – 4:30 PM So that dinner will be ready around 5:30-6 pm.
  • For Breakfast: Groups should arrive between 7:30-8 AM, so breakfast is ready to be served at 9 am on Saturday and Sunday only.
  • Groups should be limited to 3-5 people.
  • All food must be prepared in the kitchen at the Portland House, with the exception of food prepared in a commercial kitchen.
  • If you plan to grill, please review our instructions on proper use: Grill Instructions

Returning Guest Chefs 

Please contact the House Manager, Will, to set up another date. We are so excited and appreciate your interest in volunteering again!

Email: hmportland@rmhcmaine.org
Phone: 207-780-6282 ext. 316


New Guest Chefs
  1. Please download and review the Guest Chef Program Guidelines. There’s a ton of helpful information in there!
  2. Complete the Volunteer Application, and Background Screening and Confidentiality Forms. (Groups should submit one form using the group leader’s information).
  3. Once your application paperwork is received, our House Manager, Will, will reach out to set up a call to further discuss the program guidelines and next steps.