Home Chef Research and Development Chef in Chicago, Illinois

Home Chef (www.homechef.com) is a Chicago-based e-commerce food startup that aims to make cooking well at home easier and healthier by delivering fresh ingredients and step-by- step recipe cards every week directly to your doorstep. Variety. Flexibility. Simplicity. Fresh Ingredients. Perfectly Portioned. Recipe Cards.

We believe that people continue to love Home Chef for the same reasons it was founded: Home Chef saves time, reduces food waste, and most importantly, brings people together around the dinner table.

Our 2013 start-up has experienced amazing growth delivering over 10 million boxes in 2016, with comparably aggressive growth targets over the next few years. The company is well-funded - having closed its most recent investment (Series B round) from a prominent global consumer products venture capital firm. Home Chef is scaling its operations massively to support hyper-growing consumer demand and currently has over 700 employees across six US locations. At Home Chef, we believe that team members who are personally invested in their work deliver the best possible customer experience – our customers can tell that we love what we do. That’s why we empower our crew to take ownership of their disciplines. We collectively believe in our product, and we care greatly about how we, as individuals, can contribute to company growth. We hire the best of the best, we work hard, we have fun, and we’re inspired by our community of home chefs every day.

  • #3 player in the meal kit industry, delivering over 10 million meals in 2016 with staggering growth of 25x in 2015 and 10x in 2016

  • Delivery to 98% of the continental US within two days, with production sites in San Bernardino, CA, Lithonia, GA and Chicago, IL

  • 700+ corporate employees across production, marketing, technology, product, design, and customer service, and quickly growing

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The Research and Development Chef will conceive and create new recipes for the Home Chef menu that meet our nutritional, cost and ingredient specifications. This role has a Monday - Friday work schedule.

Responsibilities include:

  • Conceive accessible, creative new recipes in the test kitchen that apply to cost, ingredient (ten or fewer, all ship well), caloric/nutritional, and time (40 minutes or fewer for a novice cook) constraints

  • Prepare and style meals in the test kitchen for website and recipe cards

  • Collaborate with other chefs to improve and test each other’s dishes

  • Participate actively in weekly culinary team meetings

  • Take extensive and honest feedback every day on meal accessibility and flavors and incorporate into recipes

  • Thoroughly understand how average people cook and strive to make meals as streamlined, quick, and easy as possible

  • Work closely with product team to ensure constraints are met, recipe tester feedback is incorporated, and meals are simple

  • Style meal preparation and final product for online and recipe cards

Requirements

  • 10+ years experience working in a kitchen or other professional cooking environment. Able to work in a clean and organized manner. This is not a position for passionate home cooks

  • Culinary degree preferred

  • Prior recipe development experience

  • Self-starter and highly motivated to make meals that an average person people can successfully cook at home

  • Food styling and/or presentation experience preferred

  • ServSafe or food handling certification preferred

  • Sense of teamwork and collaboration. Works well in group settings to move projects forward, provide constructive feedback when needed, and support the overall team workload

  • Understanding of current nutrition, food and food industry trends

  • Strong verbal communication skills

  • Willing and able to receive feedback and implement suggestions

Benefits

  • Medical, dental and vision plans

  • 401k plan

  • Company paid life and disability insurance

  • Paid time off including vacation, sick and holidays

  • Monday - Friday schedule