Chef, NY Chocolate Academy


Chicago, IL, US, 60654

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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 12,000 passionate Employees working in more than 40 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!

About the role: 

Barry Callebaut is a global organization poised for growth; a company which has embraced the vision to delight its customers, while out-performing its competitors, a business which is committed to sustainability, has innovation in its DNA, is a leader in complex manufacturing and supply chain solutions and is focused on being a best-in-class employer. Barry Callebaut seeks diverse and passionate people who thrive in a dynamic environment, focused on continuous learning, living BC’s Values and of course loving chocolate.


The Chef, NY Chocolate Academy for the New York City Chocolate Academy reports to the North America Gourmet Lead Chef, and is responsible for supporting the North America Gourmet vision by leveraging the five Academy pillars: Customer Journey, Multibrand Focus, Market Segment Penetration, Sales Training, and Digital. The chef manages the operations of the New York City Chocolate Academy in close collaboration with the North America Gourmet Lead Chef, acting as an inclusive and inspiring leader in the chef community by engaging, enriching and growing the chef community in NYC and the Northeast, while supporting the Northeast Sales team in strategic projects leading to increasing brand awareness, sales volumes, and profitability.


Key responsibilities include: 


  • Be an inclusive and inspiring leader within the chef community. This includes leveraging our brands’ presence in NYC through digital, and initiating creative collaborations with key influencers in the region. Inspire the chef community by developing creative applications with Barry Callebaut’s gourmet brands in close collaboration with the North American Academy team to promote our brands in the priority Segments. Develop collaborations with industry partners (i.e. schools, sponsors, and professional organizations) to inspire chefs and increase brand awareness. 
  • Develops proposals for events, demonstrations, and masterclasses to grow our network and inspire chefs. Hosts events, demonstrations, courses and one-on-one customer sessions at the NYC Academy, promoting our brands based on Brand and Segment priorities.
  • In close collaboration with the Northeast Sales team, the NYC Academy Chef supports the customer journey. This includes visiting customers to provide technical support and further their knowledge of our products, supporting the Sales team with product and application samples for key customers, training the Barry Callebaut sales team and distributors’ sales team on our Gourmet Brands, and supporting Or Noir within the NYC chef community.
  • The chef is an integral member of the North America Academy Chef team, and works in collaboration with the chef teams in Chicago and Montreal to contribute to North America Academy initiatives, such as the Academy magazine, gourmet brand projects, and recipe development.
  • Oversees the New York City Academy operations in collaboration with the Gourmet Lead Chef, by overseeing the maintenance of tools, ingredients, and equipment while staying within budget.
  • Develops and nurtures sponsorships/partnerships with ingredient suppliers, equipment manufacturers, and food service institutions to support Academy operations.
  • The Academy Chef also manages the NYC Academy personnel, which may include Project Associates, Assist Chefs, and Interns. 


About you:


  • Specific diploma in Confectionery and Pastry, and/or 10+ years of experience within the chocolate and pastry industry 
  • Strong communication and organization skills
  • Proactive and autonomous
  • Ability to work effectively with multiple departments and portray a professional and positive image
  • Strong knowledge of Social Media platforms
  • Team oriented
  • Organized/Structured/Proactive/Result oriented with a project-management mindset
  • Strong attention to detail 
  • Corporate knowledge and mindset

What you can expect from Barry Callebaut:


  • Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package
  • Environment that welcomes workplace flexibility
  • An atmosphere where diversity is embraced, and inclusivity is second nature. We call it #OneBC! Just ask our champions with the Americas Women’s Forum and the Racial Equality Forum!
  • Ability to grow personally and professionally within an organization that values development and internal career growth
  • Be part of our mission in making sustainability the norm through Forever Chocolate with priorities centered around prospering farmers, zero child labor, carbon and forest positive, and creating 100% sustainable ingredients in all of our products

At Barry Callebaut, we are committed to Diversity & Inclusion. United by our strong values, we thrive on the diversity of who we are, where we come from, what we’ve experienced and how we think. We are committed to nurturing an inclusive environment where people can truly be themselves, grow to their full potential and feel they belong. #oneBC - Diverse People, Sustainable Growth.

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

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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