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Culinary Apprentice

433 W Van Buren St, Chicago, IL 60607 (Downtown) Corporate & Support Teams - Culinary Temporary
Home Chef is building new ways to provide meal solutions that meet a wide variety of customer needs, and shipping locations both online and in store.  Our team is a unique mix of creators, chefs, entrepreneurs, and trailblazers and we’re growing quickly. Our customer-first mentality, combined with a zest for supporting our peers, helped us bring home Built in Chicago’s Startup of the Year Moxie award in 2017. If you’re ready to be part of the action, we’re ready to connect with you.  There are no limits to where we can go together.

This role sits in the culinary product department as part of a two-person team supporting essential daily operations of product development. The test kitchen assistant will be asked to prepare daily shopping lists, shop for groceries according exactly to specifications for 24-36 meals daily, mise en place meals for chefs, write recipes with chef guidance, cook proteins/ingredients for product sampling, and basic food photography work. 
Detailed Responsibilities:
  • Food Management:
  • Create daily shopping list
  • Grocery shop daily and put away all food
  • Order ingredients for R&D from suppliers, production facility, and online sources
  • Maintain inventory and knowledge of where ingredients are located
  • Keep track of incoming samples/store ones that may be needed both near and long term
  • Supply ingredient shorts during the day

  • Chef Support:
  • Mise en place as needed for R&D process
  • Assist in writing recipes to Home Chef recipe specification
  • Cook proteins and display ingredients for sample tasting process

  • Photo Support:
  • Prepare and cook meals for step shotsExecute detailed recipes to Home Chef recipe specifications
  • Mise en place daily for Food Stylist Chef
  • Operate camera equipment under guidance of food photographer

  • New Meal Development:
  • Taste and provide feedback daily on all meals chefs develop, including red meat, vegetarian, soy, seafood, shellfish, and pork (with limited exceptions) 
  • Ideate concepts for new, successful meals
  • Qualifications:
  • The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability needed for this role. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities. Willing to eat everything! A strong preference for candidates with limited or no food allergies or restrictions. 
  • Culinary background strongly preferred
  • Strong understanding of food
  • High attention to detail: must adhere exactly to shopping list
  • ServSafe certified or strong understanding of sanitary practices
  • Required to carry 50+ lbs of groceries through elevator dailyMust be able to taste and provide thorough feedback on every meal and ingredient sample test in the kitchen, including vegetarian, pork, chicken, steak, and seafood meals. 
  • Completion of 2-year program or degree

  • Perks/Benefits:
    - Comprehensive Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance – benefits start the 1st day of the month following your start date 
    - Company paid Life Insurance, Short Term Disability and Long Term Disability
    - 401k Employer match -  50% on the $1, up to 6% of the employee's earnings 
    - We offer flexible spending accounts (FSA) for qualified Medical, Dependent Care, Parking, or Transit expenses
    - Flexible paid time off (PTO) policy, plus sick days 
    - Generous Parental Leave 
    - Great Work/Life Balance – We value and support each individual team member
    - Quarterly company-wide “Town Hall” meetings 
    - Ongoing professional development opportunities by level and function
    - Your choice of Windows or Mac laptop, plus an extra screen 
    - Onsite gym 
    - Weekly Fooda credit 
    - Newly renovated office in the historic Old Main Post Office which is located close to multiple Metra and CTA options
    - Employee discounts through Perkspot
    - Discounts on Home Chef meal kits and at Kroger stores
    - Casual dress in a fun, friendly and collaborative work environment

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    Home Chef is an equal employment opportunity employer