Assistant Applications Chef


Chicago, IL, US, 60654

At Barry Callebaut, we are on a journey to transform the cocoa and chocolate industry. As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, our actions truly shape the future of our industry. We are a business-to-business company, serving the entire food sector, from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. We are a company with a purpose, we believe in doing well by doing good and reinvesting in the communities we operate. We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and our goal is to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future. We are headquartered in Zurich, and have more than 11,000 passionate Employees working in more than 35 countries worldwide. We are very proud of who we are and what we do. And of course, we are always looking for talented people to help us have a positive impact on our industry and beyond!

POSITION TITLE: Assistant Applications Chef

REPORTING TO: Lead, R&D Technical Culinary Applications

LOCATION: Chicago, Illinois


The Zurich-based Barry Callebaut Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products – from the origination and processing cocoa beans to producing the finest chocolates, including chocolate fillings, decorations, and compounds. The Group runs more than 59 production facilities worldwide and employs a diverse and dedicated global workforce of over 10,000 people.

The Barry Callebaut Group serves the entire food industry, from industrial food manufacturers to artisanal and professional users of chocolate, such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers, hotels, restaurants, and caterers.



Under the direction of the Lead, R&D Technical Culinary Applications, the Assistant Applications Chef is responsible for providing support in the Applications Lab and assisting in any necessary areas.  The Assistant Applications Chef is able to follow directions and complete tasks in an efficient and effective manner.  Assists in customer innovation projects, sample making, equipment upkeep and lab organization and cleaning under the supervision of the Lead R&D Technical Culinary Applications. 

Essential Functions:

  •  Assist with research related to internal testing projects and/or customer driven applications
  • Assist with recipe and application development for courses, customer sessions and demonstrations
  • Support R&D and Marketing departments when requested for events, meetings, trade shows, etc.
  • Follow recipe scaling and production for customer projects in an accurate and timely manner
  • Participate actively in the various projects with the Applications Lab team
  • Assist before and during classes, customer sessions and demonstrations.  This may include scaling ingredients, printing course materials, coordinating with Academy staff, setting up and breaking down work stations for the Chef and students.
  • Support R&D and Marketing departments when requested for events, meetings, trade shows, etc.
  • Have a full understanding of lab tools and processes
  • Track inventory and assist in ordering of supplies and ingredients
  • Ensure proper care and upkeep of application lab equipment
  • Assist with various office and administrative duties when necessary, including photo database of R&D applications
  • Maintain organization and cleaning schedule of storage areas and laboratory and keep a high hygiene standard
  • Perform all other related duties as requested


Education & Work Experience:

  • Baking or Pastry related degree or equivalent experience and training
  • 1+ years’ experience in a Pastry Arts related job
  • Specific knowledge in properties and functions of chocolate
  • Refined communication skills, both written and oral
  • Knowledge of MS Office Suite and basic computer skills

Additional Requirements:

The Assistant Applications Chef must be comfortable being able to lift boxes up to 50 lbs and spending the majority of the work day on their feet.  He or She must be able to have good time management skills and have the ability to undertake various tasks.

What you can expect from Barry Callebaut:

  • Competitive compensation package including salary, medical and dental, retirement benefits, and paid time off
  • Collaborative atmosphere with like-minded individuals who are passionate about chocolate
  • The ability to grow your career within an organization that values development and internal career growth


If you want to learn more about Barry Callebaut, please find further information here.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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