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Culinary Manager

Beyond Meat

Beyond Meat

El Segundo, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, July 21, 2023
At Beyond Meat, we started with simple questions. Why do you need an animal to create meat? Why can’t you build meat directly from plants? Thus, we make plant-based meats that allow families to eat more, not less, of the traditional dishes they love while feeling great about the health, sustainability, and animal welfare benefits of plant protein. Our goal is to bring exciting change to the plate—and Beyond.
Beyond Meat is focused on raising the bar on talent and dedicated to shaping an inclusive culture that drives excellence, innovation, and results, engagement, and employee experience. The R&D team is a matrix organization within Beyond Meat that is dedicated to creating plant-based protein products that are leading the gold standard globally. We are looking for an outstanding individual to join the Culinary Team located in El Segundo, CA as a Culinary Manager.
The Culinary Manager will report to the Executive Chef/Sr Culinary Manager and have a collaborative, cross-functional role within the Beyond Meat organizational matrix. This manager will work closely with R&D, Food Service (FS), Retail Sales (RS), Marketing, and PR to develop Beyond Meat products that meet market trends, consumer preferences, and quality standards. They will combine their culinary expertise with market insights in the development of innovative food products which meet business objectives, developing and creating new recipes showcasing Beyond’s plant-based proteins, establish cooking processes in the kitchen, and provide culinary creativity in the field of plant-based foods.


  • Support Sr. Culinary Manager with responsibilities in all departments
  • Develop and tailor new products and applications of plant-based food through creative culinary work
  • Support with knowledge, understanding, and experience in all nutritional aspects of food
  • Autonomously generate different builds/presentations of the Beyond Meat products with a focus on aesthetics and the eating experience for all departments within the company
  • Collaborate with Food Service customers to understand needs and develop new menu items
  • Work with FS sales team to validate and provide guidance on optimal cooking methods
  • Collaborate with Marketing to develop, test, edit & publish new branded recipes that fit required targets for all BM Social Media platforms Advise on new foods as targets of research and development efforts
  • Test and evaluate different plant-based prototypes, including different cooking methods, hold-time, and yield studies & support with artwork approvals
  • Travel, prepare, and present recipes & samples for meetings and presentations Stay updated and informed on culinary, nutritional, and plant-based trends in the food industry
  • Ensure that all Beyond products created in the kitchen meet quality standards, food safety regulations, and industry certifications
  • Organize multiple projects under extreme deadlines within specific parameters


  • Manage and monitor daily kitchen operations around safety, orders, inventory, equipment, and sanitation
  • Execute final cook tests for artwork on core BM products with lead Project Manager & Scientists
  • Monitor & track all Culinary Request Forms & Offsite Travel Requests
  • Responsible for coordinating and supervising high level cook tests on all pertinent Sensory, DOD, ETP alongside lead scientists and project manager
  • Support product development as needed from a flavor & culinary perspective alongside scientists
  • Collaborate with the R&D team to improve and provide input on all aspects of plant-based foods
  • Design menus & execute VIP tastings on and offsite for stakeholders and VIP visitors


  • Provide cook demonstrations to new FS Team members & videos for internal training purposes
  • Collaborate and strategize with Executive Chef, Executive FS & Retail Sales teams to develop food menus and recipe builds for current and potential food service and retail partners
  • Supervise accurate product and supply ordering, packing, shipping for off site sales & media presentations
  • Develop menus & strategize with Executive Chef on product demos for offsite culinary presentations and demonstrations for FS & Retail Sales as needed. Field pertinent product and cooking questions with buyers and stakeholders
  • Support all needed cooking/recipe processes based on FS & Retail customer feedback from post-launch cooking to increase product sales
  • Support FS Sales customers with needed menu ideas & cooking methods that fall within the parameters and scope of their business


  • Collaborate with Brand on the development of creative & innovative quarterly SM recipes that target the appropriate BM demographic
  • Coordinate with the Executive Chef on photo shoots & YouTube videos for the Brand food stylist team. Supervise and advise filming for branded accuracies on BM products in Culinary recipes
  • Compose menu, prep, & demo for Trade Shows & Marketing Events. Travel, set up, manage events, & support as needed. Support with setup and menu design for Talent and Brand Ambassador visits and tastings
  • Collaborate & support PR/Communication requests for travel, menu design, cooking demonstrations, and nutritional discussions

Supervisory Duties

  • Manage Culinary Specialists & Assistants
  • Provide mentorship and training to Culinary team members
  • Accountable for developing talent through on-going performance feedback and career management coaching
  • Conduct quarterly and yearly performance reviews of direct reports


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 10+ years of overall Culinary experience
  • 7+ years of Executive Chef and Management experience as a proven leader of multiple direct and indirect reports
  • 5+ years Chef/Culinary experience in a CPG company, preferred
  • Ability to identify and resolve problems efficiently
  • Knowledge of cooking trends and current best practices
  • Excellent communication, leadership, presentation, and teaching skills
  • Provides regular updates to senior management on project status, challenges, and opportunities
  • Diverse international and regional cuisine cooking techniques are required
  • Must be able to work in a team environment


  • Position requires the ability to stand or sit for prolonged periods, climb, kneel, bend, and occasionally lift up to 25 lbs.
  • Position located in a mix of laboratory, culinary kitchen, and office environments, and requires a tolerance for high worker traffic, noise, odors,, and varying room temperatures and lighting
  • Travel up to 30% of time
Beyond Meat is an equal employment opportunity employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, gender identify, sexual orientation, national origin, liability for military service, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. If you are interested in learning the status of your application, please note you will be contacted directly by the appropriate human resources contact person if you are selected for further consideration. Beyond Meat reserves the right to defer or close a vacancy at any time.
For all U.S. based roles: Applicants must be authorized to work for a U.S. employer. This role is not eligible for Visa Sponsorship at this time.