Senior Research Chefs must be well versed in both culinary practices and food science. Someone with the title can expect to be involved in all planning aspects of the food production process – starting with the creation of food recipes, the development of exactly how the food product will be produced in mass, and the viability of the food product’s shelf life before it reaches the consumer.
More specifically, Senior Research Chefs may oversee the following areas: establishing a formula that emphasizes food consistency, ensuring that the food is produced correctly during the processing stage, ensuring that the food product can retain nutritional components along with its taste and freshness, and ensuring that the food is safe for consumers. Candidates for the position may be required to hold a bachelor’s degree related to one of the following fields: biology, chemistry, physics or agricultural science. Additional industry is also a likely requirement.