Job details

The Culinary Food Group

Position Type:

Full Time

Reference No:

401

Location:

Kildare

Prepared by:

Group HR

Approved by:

Group HR

Date:

2024-05-27

Culinary & Innovation Chef

Operations

Job Purpose:

Responsible for the development of new concepts for all products categories within the TCFG portfolio & driving high levels of culinary innovation within a fast-paced environment

Reports to:

Executive Innovation Chef

Key Responsibilities:

• Responsible for the development of innovative, culinary product concepts working on customer briefs, blue skies concepts & existing product re-developments
• Kitchen-based recipe development across all the product categories including natural stocks, flavoured butters, crumbs, culinary sauces & pasta according to TCFG manufacturing/technical requirements
• Deliver innovation presentations, samples & new product concepts to manufacturing, food service, and retail customers
• Responsible for repeat customer sample requests ensuring consistency & timely sample submissions and documentation of all data
• Communicate internally on project deliverables and externally to customers to meet their requirements
• Complete all paperwork including approved recipes, new raw material source data, recipe costings, and product information sheet generation for all projects worked on
• Organise and prepare product samples for dispatch to customers daily
• Prepare ingredient and packaging orders through inventory control against SOP
• Attend customer update meetings and progress project approvals through the stage gate process
• Communicate to external customers and the commercial team regarding project deliverables daily to ensure all customer briefs are responded to in full & a timely manner
• Co-ordination of benchmarking of competitor products including application testing of TCFG products
• Attendance at internal development meetings and sensory analysis panels as required
• Assist the Culinary & Innovation Technologists and C&I Managers with specific customer projects
• Maintain awareness of the market, market insights, consumer, restaurant trends and competitor activity through market study visits, safari’s, and exhibitions
• Assist in managing the development kitchen to a safe working environment to meet GMP standards
• Support the Senior Development Chef and Executive Innovation Chef in delivering all project deadlines
• Present proactive Innovation presentations to the retailers using the Chef Drop Platform
• Participate in any continuous improvement projects within the Culinary & Innovation centre
• General administration, kitchen & office duties

Skills / Qualifications / Experience:

Essential
• Culinary Arts Degree or similar qualification. A history of working in fine dining establishments
• A passion of love for food is a must
• Proactive, positive can-do attitude
• Good interpersonal skills
• Good time management & communication skills
• Is a creative and solution-focused thinker
• Team mentality
• Up-to-date trend knowledge on all areas of food innovation. A strong understanding of Irish and International cuisine and culinary trends
Desirable
• Articulate product presentation skills
• Microsoft Office proficient
• SharePoint knowledge is preferable but not necessary as training will be provided

Note: As with all positions, due to the dynamic nature of Arrow Group business, key responsibilities will evolve and change over time. Some travel will be required

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Culinary & Innovation Chef

Company: The Culinary Food Group