Research and Development (R&D) Chef

Chew

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Here at Chew, we are looking for a unique balance of the creative and the practical - someone self-motivated and driven to explore new ways of thinking, but also team-oriented and obsessed with the details, done to perfection. As a Research & Development (R&D) Chef, you will have a high level of technical expertise and understanding of different cooking methods, ingredients, and cuisines. Additionally, you’ll be expected to have a strong knowledge of the food industry, to be on top of the latest food trends, and to have a sense of curiosity and passion for product development. This is your opportunity to dream big and create food that will change the world - including but not limited to the categories of:

  • Chocolate & Confections
  • Prepared / Frozen Foods
  • Baked Goods - Biscuits, Bars, Cookies & Crackers
  • Beverages
  • Meal Solutions (meats and plant-based protein sources)

ABOUT CHEW 

Chew is a mission-driven, food and beverage innovation company founded with the revolutionary notion that today’s consumers shouldn't have to choose between what tastes good, and what’s good for you.

We have always believed in challenging the status quo in order to arrive at fresh new solutions. 

We partner with major industry players who have a desire for disruptive innovation, but require our experience, flexibility and focus. We break down barriers with a fresh perspective, deep and varied expertise, and creative problem solving to tackle challenges at every step of the go-to-market process in order to create delicious, nutritious, sustainable, profitable, and scalable products.

WHAT YOU WILL DO 

  • Provide technical culinary expertise in assigned projects and verticals
  • Participate in all stages of product development, from ideation to manufacturing
  • Meticulously record all tests and all pertinent analytical information
  • Monitor and research culinary trends, manufacturing processes, and innovations on an ongoing basis to continue to bring new ideas to the team
  • Ensure that nutrition guard rails and other criteria are maintained in the development process
  • Calculate costing of ingredients such that products are developed within targeted cost range
  • Lead and participate in product tastings and plant trials of new products
  • Assist in the production of product samples for internal and external requests 
  • Continuously help set the gold standard for culinary innovation, and mentor more junior culinary team members
  • Manage individual project timelines and deliverables, and support wider project direction and deadlines
  • Ensure the workbench and testing area is orderly, organized and clean for efficient use
  • Perform other administrative or project tasks as needed

WHAT YOU’LL BRING TO CHEW 

For this role, we’re seeking candidates with the following qualifications:

  • Four to five years of experience in the field after completion of a culinary or other related degree program, or a combination of education and relevant culinary experience
  • Experience with product development and R&D in CPG, food service and/or restaurant environments

Other skills and attributes which will contribute to success in this role:

  • A refined palate, with excellent understanding of different cooking methods and world cuisines
  • Advanced capability in creating flavor variants grounded in logical culinary concepts
  • Knowledgeable of the impact of basic functional ingredients and processes on product texture
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • A natural sense of inquisitiveness and curiosity
  • Self-motivated with critical attention to detail, deadlines and reporting - you do what you say you will do
  • Exceptional organizational and project-management skills 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and adherence to stringent food safety standards, including an up-to-date Food Handlers card/certification (ServSafe)
  • Demonstrated collaborative skills and ability to work well within a cross-functional team, including adherence to core values within a dynamic company culture 
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, deadline-driven environment, and to balance changing priorities
  • Solid analytical skills with the ability to develop creative solutions to solve problems
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently on assigned work and projects with general supervision
  • Proficiency in the use of computer systems and software (Apple/Mac)
  • Ability to travel up to 10% of the time (both domestic and international)
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