R&D Chef / Food Technologist at Maya Kaimal Foods, LLC

Organization: Maya Kaimal Foods, LLC
Job Position: R&D Chef / Food Technologist
Job Location: Rhinebeck, New York, US

Employee Type: Full-time

Job Description:

JOB SUMMARY: The R&D Chef / Food Technologist will work alongside the Product Development Chef, collaborating with the Innovation team to take culinary concepts from the R&D kitchen to grocery store shelves. You will be working closely with our operations, and quality departments, sourcing new ingredients, and exploring new manufacturing processes. Our current portfolio includes FDA and USDA products, hot fill refrigerated, hot fill acidified, retort, and sous vide processing. We are continually innovating and expanding our offerings.

If you are passionate about food and the science behind it, eager to work with a small but dedicated team, a good communicator, able to follow directions, are both an analytical and creative thinker; then we would love to hear from you. An interest in Indian or other global cuisines is a definite plus. This is an exceptional opportunity for the right candidate that is interested in working at a growing company with products in multiple categories.


  • Product Innovation
    • Participate in creative conceptualization of new products
    • Assist in creating formulas for benchtop samples
    • Make benchtop samples
    • Schedule and document the tastings of the benchtop samples, capturing changes for next round of development
  • Manage in-house supplies/ingredients
    • Communicate with ingredient suppliers for samples and documentation
    • Track and manage inventory of raw materials for ongoing and new development
  • Data documentation and record keeping
    • Maintain in-house sensory and specification standard sheets
    • Maintain product records, both in house and from co-manufacturers
    • Test in-house for pH, viscosity and other physical parameters on current products and new development
  • Continuing Improvement
    • Setting up and leading product cuttings
    • Conduct regular product category reviews of current products and present culinary and process recommendations for improvement.
  • Preparing and shipping samples for customers and co-manufacturing partners
  • Maintain the organization and cleanliness in the test kitchen daily
  • Research: contract manufacturers, ingredient functionality, processing technologies, packaging, equipment and consumer trends
  • Review and proof labels for regulatory compliance

Position requires driving and some travel
Valid Driver’s License required
Ability to travel to manufacturing facilities (travel 10%)

Education: BA in Culinary Arts, B.S. in Food Science, or Culinology degree, or CRC- Certified Research Chef

Work Experience:

  • 2 - 3 years of experience in a culinary R&D test kitchen environment
  • Strong communication and computer skills (Word, Excel, PPT)
  • Ability to problem-solve effectively and adapt to a quickly changing work environment
  • Good organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively to meet deadlines
  • Prefer an active member of IFT, RCA or similar Chef’s Association
  • Familiarity with FDA and USDA regulations for labeling

Preferred Designations: CRC - Certified Research Chef

Compensation: Commensurate with Experience

Company Overview: Maya Kaimal Foods produces high quality, kitchen-crafted Indian products.

To Apply: Email resume with cover letter to Product Development Chef, Jessica Bard, and explain briefly why you think you'd be a good fit for this position.

Address: 6384 Mill Street 2nd Floor
                Rhinebeck, NY 12572


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