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Product Development Specialist - Chef, Culinary (53301) - Northbrook, IL






Req Id 53301 - Posted 12/21/2017 - Research, Development and Quality - Research & Development - United States - Northbrook, IL

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Barilla is an Italian family-owned food company. Established in 1877, it’s now an international Group present in more than 100 countries.

A world leader in the markets of pasta and ready–to–use sauces in continental Europe, bakery products in Italy and crispbread in Scandinavia, the Barilla Group is recognized worldwide as a symbol of Italian know–how.


Good for You, Good for the Planet” is Barilla’s purpose and the only way each person in the Group works and of which is an ambassador. It means caring for the wellbeing of people and the planet in everything Barilla does, from the field to consumption; it also means promoting open and transparent working relationships in the communities Barilla is part of.

Introduction – Organizational Details


Barilla America, Inc. wants to recruit a Product Development Specialist -Chef, Culinary within Research & Development, based in Northbrook, IL. The individual will report to Product Development Manager – Executive Chef, Culinary


Brief Description


Job Purpose: 

The Culinary Chef is responsible for providing culinary skills, knowledge, and support to both internal and external customers/events throughout the US and in Canada.  Culinary support includes planning and execution of testing sessions in the corporate kitchen, organization and food production for corporate events and video/photography needs, support to customer business meetings, ingredient ordering, inventory of dry and fresh product/produce, managing schedules of outsourced staff, and scheduling maintenance services in the kitchen.


Key Accountabilities

  1. Provide culinary knowledge and support to activities in the kitchen.
  2. Successfully develop new recipes to support corporate’s products sales.
  3. Support Product Development team by providing culinary expertise. Work with cross-functional business teams to identify and implement product enhancement formulas, and integrate culinary and product development expertise to optimize or enhance flavor, texture and appearance of new and existing products.
  4. Coordinate with Marketing and Culinary Services group in developing product applications and customer specific menu/recipes.  Participate to new product or service ideation sessions.
  5. Provide culinary support on the Trade Marketing & Sales, Bakery and External Relations teams as needed.  Programs include training customers/brokers and cooking at industry shows’.
  6. Conduct and support routine visits and sales calls/visits to key customer accounts to strategically identify, develop, and implement marketing and sales strategies, identify new product and services opportunities and provide culinary technical support to internal and external customers.
  7. Plan and execute for External Relations events by developing recipes, ordering product, onsite cooking and sampling for customers/consumers.
  8. Provide development of recipes for publication in trade journals and cookbooks, website, etc. to promote Barilla products.
  9. Maintain proper safety and sanitation standards of test kitchen and/or any cooking venue involved with corporate activities
  10. Data entry, writing and editing recipes.
  11. Tasting products and providing personal feedback during product evaluations [Barilla and competitors included]




  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent; Culinary degree preferred
  • 4-8 years of related experience
  • Communication skills including presenting technique ideas and writing technical reports.
  • PC skills including Microsoft Office and outlook
  • Culinary experience and ability to apply technical learned knowledge. 
  • Good knowledge of restaurants or food service operations. 
  • Experience of recipe menu development in combination
  • Experience with cooking styling, and plating presentation. 
  • Working knowledge in managing kitchen operations. 
  • Ability to perform basic math and algebra 
  • Certified Executive Chef, preferred. 
  • Familiar with good manufacturing techniques. 
  • General knowledge of food science and safety




Barilla is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Barilla to prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status or any other classification protected by federal, state and local laws and ordinances, nationally and internationally. Other classifications include, but are not limited to, family status, health status, multicultural differences, political ideas and sexual orientation.


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