Culinary Technician

San Leandro, California /
Product /
At New Culture, we are making cow cheese without the cow. Dairy cheese is unsustainable and plant-based cheeses don’t work. Ours are sustainable, healthy, ethical, and indistinguishable from current dairy options in taste, texture, and function. Using fermentation to produce dairy proteins, food science to combine those proteins with natural ingredients, and traditional cheesemaking methods to make any cheese of choice, we are bringing about a new culture for the cheese industry.  

We are a Bay Area-based, venture-backed startup in an exciting growth and rapid expansion phase. We are looking for a Culinary Technician to join us in leading the global transformation to an animal-free dairy future. As an early member of the team, you will have significant influence and responsibility in determining the success and trajectory of New Culture. The ideal candidate is looking for a new challenge in a dynamic, collaborative environment and has culinary, hospitality, and product development experience in an R&D kitchen, restaurant, and/or food service setting.

Learn more about our culture here!

What you will be doing:

    • Assure the success of R&D, Sales, and Marketing by assisting with food preparation for recipe development, test panels, and food demonstrations and serve as our in-house culinary expert on a range of projects (tastings, media events, product portfolio expansion, formulation design and optimization, etc.) 
    • Coordinate and thoughtfully execute product tastings for external partners, investors, and media, including menu curation, recipe development, optimization, and hosting 
    • Support the Food Science & Product Team by performing routine product testing, prototyping for new product concepts, and preparing product samples for events and stakeholders 
    • Monitor and research culinary trends, techniques, and innovations on an ongoing basis to continue bringing new ideas to the team 
    • Maintain records of R&D activities, including but not limited to formulations, yield data, SOPs, scale-up, and product testing
    • Procure and maintain inventory of ingredients, internal tasting supplies, and kitchenware
    • Manage individual project timelines and deliverables, and support wider project direction and deadlines 
    • Maintain a clean, orderly, and hygienic workspace compliant with GMP standards 
    • Up to 20% travel for conferences, tastings, chef events, etc

What we expect from you:

    • Associate’s degree or higher, ideally with an emphasis in Food Science, Food Production, Culinary, or a related field. A Bachelor’s degree is highly preferred.
    • 2-5 years experience in a culinary role within a kitchen, food service, hospitality, or food manufacturing environment
    • Hospitality-oriented with natural ability to interact with a range of external stakeholders during important company and product events
    • Strong knowledge of proper food handling practices and food safety/sanitation standards
    • A refined palate, with an excellent understanding of and demonstrated experience with global cooking methods and cuisines 
    • Creative thinker and problem solver who can develop new and exciting ways to provide value to our products while maintaining structured, precise, analytical approach to their work
    • Excellent communication, organization, and collaborative skills, with the ability to work cross-functionally with R&D, Quality, and Business/Marketing 
    • Ability to be adaptable and balance priorities in a fast-paced environment 
    • Self-motivated with critical attention to detail, deadlines, and reporting 
    • Exploratory, proactive mindset, and team-first mentality

Even better if you had:

    • Experience with vegan/plant-based recipe development 
    • Experience with product distribution chain in restaurants/food service 
    • Experience with flavor development and ingredient functionality
    • Knowledge in the impact of basic functional ingredients and processes on product organoleptics 
    • Sensory training 
    • Previous experience at a start-up or small business
How to know you are a great fit:
We look for candidates who are team players, learners, doers, and hungry to make a difference in the world. Creativity and resourcefulness, honesty and empathy go a long way. Our five core values guide us on our path to achieving our mission. 

Determination with Kindness | Have the resolve, the drive, and the will to succeed, but do it with empathy, encouragement, and compassion. In the face of adversity we will only excel as a team by keeping kindness at the forefront of everything we do.

Tenacity with Transparency | Creativity, persistence, questioning, and crazy ideas to solve hard problems are essential to our work. We do all of this out in the open while being honest and forthright about the new things we’re trying, getting feedback and input from our teammates along the way. 

Teamwork with Rigor | Hold yourself and those around you to high standards and understand how your responsibilities are interconnected with others’. As much as you rely on your teammates, they’re relying on you, and only with consistent communication and rigorous teamwork will we achieve our goals together.

Speed with Focus | We move quickly, exploring new opportunities and incorporating new results to make progress rapidly. Remaining focused throughout our experimentations means making thoughtful decisions, listening to a range of perspectives, and moving forward as a unified team once we’ve committed to the path ahead.

Love the Product | The science is cool but the product is even cooler. Our breakthroughs are always in the pursuit of better products. It’s by selling delicious dairy that we will bring about a successful future for New Culture and a positive impact for our customers and the planet.

New Culture is committed to promoting and creating a diverse, inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Diversity is the foundation of what we do at New Culture, enabling us to build a company that celebrates what makes each of us unique.