Prepared Foods R&D Chef at Home Chef

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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.
The Prepared Foods Research and Development Chef will collaborate with Retail and New Product Development teams to conceive and create new recipes for our Prepared Food Product lines that meet our nutritional, cost and ingredient specifications. 


  • The R&D Prepared Foods Chef will be primarily responsible for the development and innovation of the Home Chef Prepared Food product lines. 
  • Conceive accessible, creative prepared food concepts in the test kitchen that apply to cost, ingredient, caloric/nutritional and retail guardrails
  •  Close communication with cross functions not limited to New Product Development, Procurement and Retail teams. 
  • Collaborate with internal teams in product samplings to provide actionable feedback to develop prepared food product lines
  • Collaborate with internal teams to fully understand and deliver to customer needs in prepared food products, includes participation in focus groups 
  • Collaborate with Third Party Foodservice Manufacturers to scale prepared food products
  • Maintain awareness of prepared food industry trendsCollaborate with other chefs to improve and test each other’s dishes across all Home Chef product lines
  • Participate actively in weekly culinary team meetings
  • Take extensive and honest feedback every day on meal accessibility and flavors and incorporate into products
  • Work closely with the Recipe Development and Retail Teams to ensure product constraints are met


  • 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 disabilties.
  • 10 plus 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.
  • 2+ years in Food Industry Research and Product Development
  • Experience in Prepared Foods Product Development preferred 
  • Culinary degree required
  • 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
  • Solid analytical skills with the ability to develop creative solutions to solve problems 
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Willing and able to receive feedback and implement suggestions
  • Understanding of current nutrition, food and food industry trends.
  • Must 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 a two-year program such as an Associate degree

- 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
Candidates can experience Home Chef as a customer - enter promo code PEOPLE30 for $30 off your first order!
Home Chef is an equal employment opportunity employer 

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Located in the iconic Old Chicago Post Office. Plus, the office is easy to get to with various train and bus stops being close by.

What are Home Chef Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Home Chef hosts company outings Semi-annually.
Free Daily Meals
Weekly Fooda credit which equals to one company paid lunch per week .
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted at team's discretion.
Recreational Clubs
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Home Chef hosts lunch and learn meetings once per quarter.
Promote from within
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Direct access to senior management – our leadership team works alongside our team members every day. Flexible spending accounts for qualified medical, dependent care, parking, or transit expenses. On-site gym membership, and daily bike storage for Old Chicago Post Office building employees. Employee discounts for Home Chef meal kits. Candidates can experience Home Chef as a customer - enter promo code PEOPLE30 for $30 off your first order!

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