Assistant Menu & Product Development Chef

Brea, CA

Posted: 12/13/2023 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 341.23DW Experience:

Job Description

Assistant Menu & Product Development Chef

If you are an up and coming, creative, and collaborative chef that is looking for a career that offers a Monday to Friday work schedule, some light travel throughout the US, and working with some of the most influential and recognizable food brands in the industry, then we encourage you to apply for this rare opportunity.

Position Summary:

To provide culinary, product, and restaurant expertise and resources to all company customers

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Menu & Product Innovation Support

  • Supports the entire culinary team in Menu & Product Innovation presentations and ideations
  • Conducts menu and competitive product research
  • Develops on-trend culinary concepts, prototypes, recipes, and finished products suitable for our customer’s applications and operations
  • Provides mise en place for product cuttings, tastings, product testing, internal events and meetings
  • Produces gold standards for “Ready to Go” and “Exclusive” products to provide formula direction to R&D
  • Assists ingredient and supplier search efforts for new product development ingredients
  • Prepares bench samples of Mayonnaise, Sauces, and Dressings
  • Packages and ships product samples as required

Digital Culinary Content Creation for company website, social media, and digital marketing platforms

  • Creates digital content and virtual tools to communicate menu and product innovation to our customers (videos, recipes, food styling, etc.)

Learning & Development (L&D) Tech Program Support

  • Assists in creating (L&D) curriculum development for the company
  • Assists in presenting (L&D) curriculum for the company
  • Provides all mise en place for L&D training events, including planning, execution, and completion

Support for Customer, Company and Industry Events

  • Assists in event coordination and preparation
  • Assists in menu and recipe development for event
  • Assists in event execution

Organizes and Maintains Company Culinary Facilities

  • Responsible for stocking pantry as required
  • Responsible for maintenance of kitchen equipment
  • Maintains kitchen to ensure proper sanitation and food safety
  • Maintains kitchen schedule

Expanding our Culinary Reach-Broker and Consultant Engagement Support

  • Assists in creating training content for Broker and Consultant network
  • Assists in presenting training content to Broker and Consultant network
  • Provide all mise en place for live and virtual training events, including planning, execution, and completion

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Damon Wickmann at

JO:  341.23DW


Job Requirements

Technical Qualifications:


  • Culinary degree or equivalent experience
  • 1-3 years of food service operation and/or menu and product development experience
  • Experience with commercial kitchen tools and kitchen fundamentals
  • Experience with basic video recording and post-production editing steps
  • 10% travel required to support our business needs


  • Foodservice Operations, Product and Menu development, and Manufacturing experience
  • Certified Research Chef (CRC) or Certified Culinary Scientist (CCS)
  • Current ServSafe Certification

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Mastery of culinary skills
  • Excellent Palate
  • Social Media Savvy
  • Proven ability to style food in photography and video
  • Self-starter and the ability to anticipate the next steps
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Ability to roll up your sleeves and do whatever needs to be done
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (PowerPoint), Word, Excel)

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Damon Wickmann at

JO:  341.23DW


Meet Your Recruiter

Damon Wickmann
Technical Recruiter

I have always been an advocate of life and career strategy management.

I am also a 'Foodie' at heart and love recruiting for food and beverage companies.   

My background in education has provided me tools to support my passion for helping talented people with career advancement.   

I have transitioned from college advising to career recruiting where I combine that with my other passion - Food!

I recruit excellent people for the food industry and the science behind what we eat and drink.  This includes research and development in the lab through commercialization and the quality people behind the scenes that make it all happen.  I look forward to speaking with you soon.

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