Focus Management Consultants Limited

Recruitment Specialists for the food and drink industry

Development Chef Job, England

Location: United Kingdom

County / State: UK Wide

Job type: Permanent

Category: Development Chefs

Reference: FTL12707

Consultant: Frank Lomas

Start date: ASAP

Salary: £25,000 - £40,000 GBP per annum

Summary

Are you a Chef or Development Chef looking for a new and exciting challenge?

Job Description

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could work Monday to Friday office hours between 9am and 5pm? Create some of the most inspiring and sought after food the UK has ever seen? Work in an environment of exploration, creativity and innovation? Have access to the latest equipment and be paid well for the honour?! No its not fantasy it’s a job in New Product Development.

As the market leader within Development Chef recruitment, Focus Chefs can assist Chefs currently in foodservice role; move their careers into Product Development. You may already work on menu development, within foodservice, perhaps from the casual dining sector within branded restaurants. Equally if you are currently working as a Development Chef for retailers and manufacturers, we can help move your career forward.

The companies we represent seek creative minds that can make ideas and concepts into industry leading product ranges for the major supermarket retailers, casual dining restaurant groups, QSRs or In-flight catering for major airlines. Our international client base is full of companies who need Product Development Chefs, so do we know you and what you are capable of in this field?

Whilst extremely attractive on paper, not all Chefs can make the change into a Development Chef role. The reality is only about 10% of applicants understand the complexities and can handle the culture change. You can be a highly creative Chef, managing your own brigade in your own kitchen, cooking a varied menu each and every day – but could you stand up and impress major retailers? Could you present a range of ideas with authority, on the history of differing cuisines? Could you dissect a recipe into its component parts and produce 12 differing samples to show flavour profiles? If you think you could, then welcome to the Focus Chefs database and your career advancement..

Key skills required for this lucrative career:

  • A mix of creativity and commerciality
  • Articulate product presentation skills
  • Breadth of understanding across cuisines
  • Ability to document recipe in an exact manner
  • Works as part of a team rather than necessarily leading it
  • Ability to cope with pressure and rejection
  • A substantial passion for food

The next step to get within our world and to utilise our contacts to see and be considered for the best opportunities is to send us your CV. Include a cover note with details on who you are and why you’ll be a successful Development Chef. Register on our database and we’ll have the conversation if we have a match to discuss a new role in more detail.

Your CV will be handled in complete confidence so there is no need to worry about it being sent out without your knowledge or approval.

Making this career step is not simple and it won’t be easy, but it could be well worth the effort in the long-term. And we know… as a serious and accomplished Chef – you will make the effort.

Ref FTL12707 By Frank Lomas

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