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Date: Apr 8, 2019

Location: San Juan Bautista, CA, US

Company: DANONE

Danone North America is the largest Benefit Corporation in the world. Our mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible.

Danone North America is looking for a Executive Chef in San Juan Bautista.


Lead the culinary R&D and product development work to support the launch of new products across Earthbound Farm’s product portfolio.  Serve as the company’s culinary resource and culinary ambassador to key customers and trade partners and support the processes that drive long-term sales and profit growth for Earthbound Farm.  This position works cross functionally with other departments at Earthbound Farm as well as with other corporate executive chefs or similar functions at the customer level to provide education on the quality, benefits, usages, and flavors of Earthbound Farm products.  Responsibilities also include the development of the menu at Earthbound Farm’s Farm Stand Kitchen, the development of product offerings at the store, and oversee the kitchen staff to ensure food production meets quality standards. This role is in San Juan Bautista, CA and Carmel Valley, CA. offices.  Some travel is required.



  • Lead the culinary R&D and support new product development for the fresh, frozen, and healthy snacking product platforms with concepts and formulations, including the translation of culinary concepts to commercial formulations.
  • Develop culinary programs to educate our customers, consumers, and internal cross functional teams about the products we produce and how to best use and prepare to maximum flavor and experience.  
  • Develop education programs that are appropriate for customer site visits or meetings and support the sales and marketing departments in those meetings through planning, problem solving, consultation, and presentation. 
  • Provide executive culinary direction on a seasonally inspired menu and provide oversight of Earthbound Farm’s Farm Stand Kitchen staff to ensure the highest quality and organic standards are being met.  Give direction on product offerings and menu development.
  • Host paid consumer culinary events or dinners and cooking classes at the Farm Stand to showcase an organic seasonal farm to table menu    
  • Contribute content as a chef influencer on Earthbound Farm digital and social channels with a monthly blog and recipes


  • Keeps abreast of new developments in food trends, culinary arts, ethnic cuisine, retail and food markets by attending conferences, tradeshows, and through culinary based research and serve as the culinary expert.
  • Research and utilize organic ingredients to create culinary concepts.
  • Create and maintain a culinary database ensuring that recipes stay current and refresh as needed.
  • Support the Farm Stand Kitchen as needed.
  • Maintain a professional appearance and able to effectively interact with customers and Earthbound Farm employees, be an advocate of product, identify opportunities, and create menu/recipe solutions.
  • Assist in the development of romance copy, cooking, and handling instructions found on the primary display and information display panels of packaging and other purposes. 
  • Work with marketing communications to develop recipes for all new products that can be used on packages, brochures, demos, and our digital channels.
  • Active participant in the Earthbound Farm Trends group representing the culinary industry.
  • Plan and cater any internal meetings or key customer meetings as needed.
  • Perform chef demos as needed at consumer events.
  • Maintain a schedule and calendar.  Meet with manager on a regular basis.



  • Culinary degree/certification preferred or related field from a four-year college or university.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in the culinary field at a leading institution, hotel, restaurant, foodservice operation or food manufacturer.
  • Proven success of running a kitchen, managing the staff, the and day to day operations.
  • Strong analytical and project management skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.  

Danone North America is a Certified B Corporation business unit of Danone and operates in the U.S. from headquarter offices in White Plains, NY and Broomfield, CO. For more information, please visit 

Danone North America is an equal employment and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic characteristic or any other unlawful criterion.

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