Freshly is one of the fastest-growing food-tech startups and the largest fresh-prepared meal delivery service in the country. It’s our mission to make eating healthy easier by delivering fresh, nutritious, fully cooked meals directly to consumers. We’re passionate about changing the food industry by pioneering a new way to think about meal delivery, access to fresh and healthy food, and how we eat in general. If helping build a brand that will fundamentally transform an industry is exciting to you, read on!
The Culinary Technician assists the Culinary team in the assembly and preparation of existing product samples, new product samples, and recipe enhancement of existing products. The Culinary Technician is responsible for managing the Freshly test kitchen space and any associated activities.
Support product evaluations
Responsible for maintaining test kitchen space to include a set inventory of ingredients in all culinary storage areas
Execute and prepare prototype samples
Stores all labeled samples which have been produced, and also determines which/how many samples need to be produced based on Culinary Department requests
Maintains the Culinary test kitchen, keeping the equipment, work surfaces, and general work areas clean and well organized. Wash dishes.
Ensures that samples are prepared, bagged, labeled and contained in the correct packaging requests so that all orders are ready and shipped complete, accurately and on time
Prepare samples, as needed, based on existing formulations
Assist Culinary Development Chefs and Culinary Scientist in the preparation of new recipes, current product enhancements, product matching, and any other recipes that must be updated/changed
Label and date all finished samples and ingredients
Other responsibilities as assigned by manager
Ability to taste, smell and see well enough to discriminate quantity and quality of individual flavor components
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, talk and hear.
The employee frequently is required to walk, use hands and arms to handle, feel and reach, push, pull, bend and twist.
The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, move up and down stairs; occasionally push, pull, move, lift, carry, and place merchandise and supplies weighing up to 50 pounds without assistance.
Visually inspects equipment and locates merchandise and other objects.
Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as required.
Read information, often in small print.
Enter and locate information on a computer system or communication device.
Write documents, reports, etc. using a writing instrument (e.g., pencil, pen) or computer.
Observe behavior of others.
Works in active kitchen areas with hot equipment and perishable food products.
May require work in grill and oven areas with extreme heat conditions and frequent interaction with heated equipment.
Food preparation, food handling and cooking required.
Must wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in all required areas.
Work in areas requiring exposure to varying temperatures, extreme heat or cold from 0 to 100 degrees, and/or wet, damp, or drafty conditions.
Work in areas with slippery and/or wet conditions near water.
Frequently work near equipment and mechanically moving parts.
Regular exposure to cleaning chemicals.
Work overnight, weekends, and rotating/varying shifts.
Work indoors for extended periods of time.
Move through narrow, enclosed, or elevated spaces. Peanut-free facility.
NO Security Clearance
Must have insane passion for delicious, healthy food product development and high quality assurance standards
2+ years experience in food manufacturing and/or large volume food service production
Culinary Degree, Culinology Degree or equivalent background and experience
Certifications a plus, but not required
High school diploma minimum
Strong technical and problem-solving skills
Comfortable in pilot plant or manufacturing environment
Comfortable in a kitchen environment
Basic understanding of food safety; ServSafe or similar preferred
Organizational & project management skills
Willingness and ability to learn new skills
Ability to work independently and with a team
Basic understanding of food science is a plus
Proficient computer skills (Google Docs) is a plus
Freshly is a weekly subscription service delivering healthy and fully prepared meals directly to a customer’s doorstep. The rotating weekly menu offers 30 different flavorful preparations and combinations that are chef-made with the highest quality, 100% all natural ingredients that meet industry leading standards. Each deliciously healthy meal is packed with key nutrients and cooked fresh to order with no artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, refined sugars, artificial preservatives or hydrogenated oils. In addition to providing free shipping, Freshly uses advanced eco-friendly packaging technology to ensure that meals maintain freshness in transit. Freshly makes embracing a healthier lifestyle deliciously simple, one box at a time. For more information, visit www.freshly.com.