Corporate/Research & Development Chef

Scottsdale, AZ, USA Req #545
Sunday, May 1, 2022

Harkins Theatres is looking for a Corporate/ Research and Development Chef to help support the department by providing focused research and development of menu and product testing for Movie Theatres, Family Entertainment Center (FEC), Dine-In Theatre (DIT), and Product Development. These responsibilities includes new product & ingredient research, recipe/dish creation, financial impact analysis, food & beverage database management, and field support. The successful candidate will evaluate the surrounding market to identify the best menu offering (highlighting local area menu research and pricing analysis to support recommendations).




  • Conducts focused food research and monitors trends within the industry and geographic areas based on real estate projections to determine the best and most cost-effective menu offering.
  • Responsible for new menu and product development for all associated Harkins foodservice programs including semi-annual menu review, regular LTO, promotional, catering, and special event menus. Presents new menu items for review with executive team.
  • Reviews product-mix and sales of menu items in conjunction with semi-annual menu revisions including one (1) annual menu refresh
  • Composes, organizes and presents high-level reporting to include: sales, food cost, labor impact, and budget analysis as it relates to all food-related operations, etc.
  • Coordinates with Harkins Product Specialist to connect with outside distributors, brokers, suppliers, chefs, etc. to identify new menu options and request samples.
  • Identifies supplier/distributor product options, associated costs and maintains master product profiles for all offerings.
  • Performs product testing, maintains testing logs and tracks specific preparation times.
  • Manages TSO test kitchen, sample inventory and maintains stock rotation while testing.
  • Creates and documents menu breakdown and associated cost of goods sold (COGS) and provides suggestions for retail pricing for new and existing products.
  • Prepares all new menu products; builds standard recipes; maintains ingredients, allergens and product nutritionals; identifies and creates cooking/storage procedures, product shelf-life and conducts product yield analysis.
  • Assists with photoshoots of products.


  • College Degree in Culinary, Nutrition, Food Science or Business and/or 3-5 years of equitable experience.
  • Food Protection Manager Certification, ServSafe Certified a must.
  • Food preparation, production, and execution including full-service, quick-service and event experience a must.
  • Basic procurement skills and/or 1 year experience in Supply Chain a plus.
  • Working knowledge and experience with food preparation equipment.
  • Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, Access, Publisher, and Internet research.
  • Embraces Harkins inclusiveness and treats everyone with respect. Works well as part of a team and assumes the best intentions of everyone. Works collaboratively to achieve company goals.
  • Maintains a professional attitude and demeanor. Demonstrates unimpeachable integrity and accountability. Communicates professionally in all circumstances.
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and able to submit evidence of vaccination.

We offer:

  • Competitive pay
  • Excellent Health Insurance Package (medical, dental, vision) dramatically subsidized by the company
  • Short/long-term disability and life insurance plans 100% paid by company
  • Paid time off in addition to sick pay benefits and paid holidays
  • Free soda and popcorn in the office
  • FREE MOVIES and much more!



Harkins Theatres is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, race, religion, color, disability, sex, sexual orientation or national origin.

We thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.   

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Other details

  • Job Family Food and Beverage
  • Pay Type Salary
Location on Google Maps
  • Scottsdale, AZ, USA