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Junior Development Chef - Food Manufacturing

Zest Recruitment
£25000 - £30000 per annum + Benefits
Closing date
19 Dec 2023

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Contract Type
Development, Graduate
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing

Job Details

A leading culinary food manufacturer magnate in Yorkshire are looking to appoint a new Junior Development Chef . You will contribute to daily kitchen operations, develop new food products, and collaborate with cross-functional teams for market demands.

**Main Duties:**
- Assist in daily kitchen operations, including ingredient preparation and cleaning.
- Contribute to ideation and development of new food products.
- Collaborate with teams to translate concepts into tangible designs.
- Source ingredients locally, maintain accurate documentation, and conduct taste tests.
- Support product testing, scale up successful prototypes for mass production.
- Generate menus for client presentations and conduct market research.

- GCSE level education in Maths and English.
- Formal chef qualifications (City & Guilds level 2).
- Relevant Food Hygiene training.
- Understanding of food safety and regulatory compliance.
- Familiarity with product testing and sensory evaluation.
- Knowledge of food chemistry, flavour pairing, and ingredient functionality.
- Excellent communication skills, attention to detail, and ability to work under pressure.
- Strong organizational and time management skills.

- Competitive salary.
- SMART Pension scheme.
- 25 days annual leave + bank holidays.
- Continuous training opportunities.
- Room for personal and professional development.

**Experience:** 2 years in Commercial Kitchens (preferred)
**Licence/Certification:** Driving Licence (required), Formal Chef Qualification (required), Food Hygiene Certificate (required)

Please email your updated CV to or call Nicola on 01780 483 999 to discuss further.

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A recruitment company where every job counts.

We understand that recruitment companies often get a bad press. So, here at Zest we are bringing a refreshingly new and different approach to food and drink manufacturing recruitment. Unlike others we aim to be the recruitment company that makes sure it can be counted on at every step of the recruitment journey: every person, every job, every time.

Zest specialise because you do, and our team are dedicated to the following areas:

  • Technical & quality
  • NPD
  • Operations & production
  • Engineering
  • Supply Chain
  • Senior Appointments
  • Hygiene
  • Interim
  • Graduates

Our aim is simple, to link talented individuals with talented businesses, and we achieve this by taking a structured and industry leading approach to every step of the process.

Zest, where every job counts. 

Company info
01780 483999/ 011732 52999
Lincolnshire/ Bristol

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