Research and Development Executive Chef - Hospitality Company

Pacific City, OR 97135

Posted: 08/12/2019 Employment Type: Permanent State: OR Job ID: KE9964169812 Salary: 77500 :
Research and Development Executive Chef  - Hospitality Company

The R&D Chef will work directly with the Executive team, the VP of Food and Beverage, and R&D team to bring new and innovative dishes to the menu while also optimizing and enhancing existing recipes. This person will be expected to dive in as an active and vocal participant in the ideation process around new food dishes for our menus. This role requires a passion for food & health, creativity, a keen focus on detail, and overall organization. This is a full-time position that will work primarily out of the our development kitchen in Oregon.  Research and Development Executive Chef - Pacific City, OR 

Key Responsibilities:

Unbridled passion for food and a solid base understanding and appreciation of a wide variety of cuisines and healthy food genres (i.e. fresh, plant-based, paleo, etc.)
Ingredient sourcing and shopping for development needs.
Daily cooking to provide technical culinary expertise in assigned projects and verticals
Participate in all stages of product development
Monitor and consistently research culinary trends
Ensure that nutritional guard rails and other criteria are maintained in the development process
Knowledge of costing such that products are developed within a targeted cost range
Contributes to the seamless transition of recipes and other related data between the R&D and Production teams
Excellent time management skills with the ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines
Attention to detail with a direct communication style

Scope of Responsibilities:
Active and vocal representative in product tastings and trials of new products
Continuously helps set the gold standard for culinary innovation
Ability to be flexible in work assignments, and switch gears as needed
Participates in brainstorming and collaborative conversations about food, health trends, and techniques
Meticulous attention to detail while recording all tests and pertinent analytical information
Ensures proper food temperatures are maintained and food is stored correctly
Keeps workstation and equipment clean, organized, and sanitized
Follows and upholds all health codes and sanitation regulations
Understands and operates basic kitchen equipment.
Performs other ad hoc duties assigned.
Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Office (i.e. Word & Excel) and Google apps (i.e. Docs & Sheets)

Experience desired:

Minimum of two years of formal culinary training or commensurate experience; minimum of two years of culinary preparation experience; minimum of two years of culinary experience.
Experience in a similar foodservice operation with similar duties and responsibilities.
Experience in healthy cooking techniques.
Self-starter, motivated by working in a kitchen.
Excited about testing and experimenting with new food ingredients and cooking techniques.
Experience working in a computer network environment utilizing Microsoft Word and Excel programs.
ServSafe certification or ability to acquire

Research and Development Executive Chef - Pacific City, OR 

Gecko Hospitality was named to Forbes 2018 and 2019 list of America’s Best Recruiting Firms.

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Michael Chamberlain-Torres, CPC
Executive Recruiter | Hospitality Division

Michael Chamberlain-Torres joined Gecko Hospitality in 2014. He is a dedicated and diversely equipped hospitality professional. Michael has worked with the J.W. Marriott, Double Tree by Hilton, and Wingate by Wyndham hotels, holding leadership positions in both the Rooms and F&B Divisions.  He aims to build lasting relationships with clients and to give back to the community. 

To compliment his industry experience, Michael holds a BSBA from The University of Denver (Major: Hospitality Management). He is also a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and Certified Guest Service Professional (CGSP).

Hospitality and Tourism are both his personal and professional passions. He is an avid traveler who has visited over 50 countries. He enjoys cultural exchange, SCUBA, and gardening. 

Michael assists Kevin Kalstad with our offices in the Pacific Northwest. He has been recognized by Gecko as a Top Performer on multiple occasions and is currently focusing on our Hotel/Resort/Private Club clients.

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