Start Date: From September 2020

Term: FT Permanent

Location: Tastehead, 186 Dawes Road, Fulham, London, SW6 7RQ


Who We Are


We are a leading Food Development Agency with razor-sharp focus on ‘taste’ and innovation. Our cross-functional team is comprised of chefs, product developers, marketeers, nutritionists and food consultants. We develop food and beverage products for global brands, retailer private labels and start-up businesses, many of which have gone on to win awards. We actively follow UK and global food innovation trends, whilst having the expertise and confidence to focus on the ones that have longevity. With a consistently high number of active projects we work across a broad variety of categories such as confectionery, hot and cold beverages, bakery, snacking, condiments, baby food, ready meals and many more.


We offer a host of services to our clients;


  • Ideation workshops

  • Concept development

  • Product development

  • Competitor benchmarking

  • Market research & consumer insights

  • Shelf life testing and nutritional analysis

  • Manufacturer sourcing

  • Supply chain setup

  • Factory trial scheduling and attendance

  • Photoshoots

  • PR activations

  • Consumer testing

  • Focus Groups


Working out of our dedicated office and development kitchen in West London, we work on a cross–functional basis with our partner agencies and consultants to deliver the best results possible, with great taste always being paramount in our objectives.

We spend considerable time researching UK and global food trends, whilst having the confidence to focus on the ones that have longevity. We are a close team and operate on a cross–functional basis on every project. You will be joining an agile, fun, hands-on team at an exciting time of growth.


Now in our next phase of expansion, we require a full-time Development Chef to support our NPD team on all active development projects. These will span across new products for retail, menus for food service outlets and recipes for PR and media purposes. Experience in some form of product development is preferable, but most importantly we are looking for someone with a real passion for great tasting food, creative flair and a willingness to adapt and learn new skills.


The Ideal Candidate


  • Ideally 3+ years of relevant experience

  • A real passion for food and a great palate

  • Innovative and creative

  • Eager to learn new categories and skills

  • Deep understanding of flavours, ingredients and cooking technology

  • Food trend awareness

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google


The Role

  • A leading role on all Product and Recipe Development projects.

  • Preparing samples for client presentations, lab analysis and more.

  • Ordering of ingredients, packaging, equipment and consumables.

  • Preparation and setup of client tasting sessions and presentations.

  • Calculating recipe costings and nutritional information.

  • Concept and ideation development.

  • Research in to global markets, innovative ingredients and industry legislation.

  • Manage project timelines and critical paths.


What You Will Get In Return


  • A leading role on a wide variety of development projects, covering highly innovative start-ups to leading global brands.

  • Competitive Salary with a performance-related bonus package.

  • Strong opportunities to grow within an exciting business.

  • An opportunity to manage a junior team member.

  • Continual support and mentorship.

  • A company MacBook Pro for use during your time with us.

  • Ownership of the role.



If you feel that you are the right candidate for this role, then we'd love to hear from you. Please contact with an up to date C.V. and a covering letter. Please may we ask that you do not contact us or any of our employees via LinkedIn or other forms of social media.




Tastehead is an Equal Opportunities employer and committed to encouraging equality and diversity in our workforce.

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