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Culinary Analyst

Company: CARDINAL SERVICES LTD.
Location: Morton Grove
Posted on: August 7, 2022

Job Description:

The Culinary Analyst is a key staff support position responsible for the administration, analysis, development and communication needed to maintain culinary-related projects and programs. Under direction, this position is responsible for photography, green initiatives, and marketing efforts. Specific Responsibilities:SUPPORT OF THE MASTER CULINARY DATABASE (40%)Oversee the overall recipe development process for the Food & Beverage Development team ensuring that the database contains recipes that are sound from a culinary preparation, proper yield and proper nutritional perspective. Areas of focus to include:--- Prepare recipes for development team by completing first round editing, including:o Confirm serving size aligns with ingredient amounts (verify all kitchen math)o Ensure procedure adheres to style guide standardso Confirm all cooking and holding times are properly documentedo Photograph and fully document all recipe testings--- Recipe modernization process - updating ingredients and procedures on recipe cards--- Ensure standards on all recipe collections and procedures are met, and that all culinary systems and tools are maintained, updated and presented in a format and style such that they that can be utilized by the production staff --- Utilize Recipe Writing Style Guide and Weight & Measures Reference Tools--- Verify accuracy of food cost percentages--- Update and maintain inventory manager--- Trouble shooting of all recipe questions from Sales Department and Kitchen Staff--- Thoroughly research and provide accurate information regarding allergies and dietary restrictions for all recipes and menu items (e.g. nut allergies or vegan, gluten-free, or kosher diets).--- Supervise and manage culinary database support staff
CATEREASE ADMINISTRATION / SUPPORT (25%)--- Serve as the day-to-day project administrator for Caterease to include:o Managing the project timeline to hit milestone delivery dates for the release of updates to this key strategic programo Reviewing accuracy of daily orders--- Support specific development of on-going implementation materials and new program enhancements as necessary--- Provide general user support for Caterease; including troubleshooting and facilitating training sessions--- Handle the core administrative responsibilities, including producing presentation updates, creating templates and organizing/maintaining all project files--- Support Sales staff in development of new menus and menu items--- Provide accurate and reliable pricing information to Sales staff--- Adhere to all Culinary concept development and Project Management processes, standards and operating norms that ensures all projects are delivered on time, on budget and to the high satisfaction of the Management
CULINARY/OPERATIONS ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT (20%)--- Support Operations Managers and Analysts with the strategic planning for periods of increased business including holidays and special events--- Anticipate the needs of Operations and Culinary departments and prepare reports and materials accordingly--- Prepare, maintain, and distribute educational guides for Culinary department staff--- Schedule the testing and development process for new menu items--- Modify menus for customers with dietary restrictions and food allergies--- Proof and edit menus for accuracy in respect to pricing, style, and portion--- Research new ingredients, vendors, and specialty items--- Work closely with Kitchen and Operations teams to research and prepare all awards submissions (responsibilities include compiling photographs and writing detailed responses to submission questions).--- As green coordinator, will take over responsibilities related to all green initiatives and will assist in overseeing and maintaining the company's green certifications and composting program.--- Act as direct liaison to our brand strategy agency and interface with them to implement new marketing strategies.
OTHER TASKS AS ASSIGNED (15%)--- Assist in and manage special projects as assigned by the Chef and Managers--- Work as a Kitchen Assistant in the production facility and in the field--- Photograph and style all products being submitted for production or to be featured in special menus.--- Management of photo library, including new items and all client tastingsAssociated Responsibilities:--- Establish effective relationships that result in working closely with Culinary and Operations teams--- Schedule daily tasks with flexibility to create the ability to quickly change focus to provide on the fly support for items on the production floor and in active sales proposals--- Research and collect information and supporting data in preparation for meetings, work projects and reports. Correlate, consolidate and edit materials submitted by others, organizing and verifying material which may be delivered in draft formatReporting Relationships
This position reports directly to the Director of Operations and interfaces regularly with other members of the department, other internal staff departments and operating components providing and obtaining information required to ensure high quality end-result of projects.CANDIDATE PROFILE Experience and Personal Attributes--- Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution; Registered Dietitian or experience in nutrition a plus--- Formal Culinary Education or equivalent professional experience--- Strong analytical and problem solving skills are essential--- Effective verbal communication skills demonstrated through presentations and training--- Written communication skills demonstrated through specification documentation and other communications materials--- Ability to work daily with the Microsoft Office Suite--- Must have solid working knowledge of spreadsheet and data base software--- Experience working with CostGuard and/or Caterease highly desirable

Keywords: CARDINAL SERVICES LTD., Chicago , Culinary Analyst, Professions , Morton Grove, Illinois

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