Royal Caribbean Group

Product Concept Development Traveling Chef

Royal Caribbean Group
Management Jobs
Corporate Chef
April 4, 2024

Position Summary:

Reports directly to the Shipboard Culinary Operations Director and you’ll be responsible for delivering innovating culinary solutions/menus/recipe for shipboard and islands menus. This is a shipboard based role. Includes creation of menu developing and writing recipes and inputting them into a recipe management system.


  • Participate in the identification, design, development, creation, and testing of product prototypes.
  • Collaborate with chefs across the fleet to create recipes that can scale up for both limited introductions and fleet product launches, guest, crew and island food and support.
  • Develop rapid prototypes to explore with consumers in real time consumption environments.
  • Help support the development of raw materials with shoreside culinary and procurement.
  • Development chef will be primarily focused on creativity and recipe innovation/develop of new and optimization of existing items.
  • Manage scale-up trials of products and partner with ship leadership to train on any new processes.
  • Work closely with Sr Director Culinary & Ops Excellence on new products and technical characteristics and troubleshoot ingredient performance through food tastings.
  • Manage numerous projects simultaneously.
  • Creatively solve technical problems in a rapid, efficient manger.
  • Assist in pipeline prioritization and technical assessment of future innovation projects and ideas.
  • Collaborate with Product Development, Food & Beverage, and operations in the innovation product development process of all types of products and cuisines.
  • Ensure to project manage all projects to accurately report product development activities and timelines to key team members.
  • Perform other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of this role.
  • Write detailed recipes and SOPs, document, and perform costing analysis with all new recipes.
  • Assists and develops recommendations and leads change efforts for new items and continuous improvement of current menu/items.


  • General understanding of menu & recipe costing in partnership with the shoreside teams.
  • Works with management to ensure critical food cost financials and performance data are monitored regularly and controlled as necessary during and throughout the development and commercialization process.
  • Assists in analysis of business development opportunities which may involve due diligence efforts related to target opportunities. Track and analyze food costs across the fleet.


  • Culinary Arts degree from an accredited 4-year college or equivalent relevant experience required.
  • Formal culinary education such as Culinary College Diploma, Culinary Certification, completed Apprenticeship program, etc. required.
  • 15+ years of progressively responsible experience in culinary roles including R&D and new product development hotels, restaurants and/or shipboard.
  • Familiarity of corporate food procurement processes for hotel/resort/air/cruise industry or equivalent preferred.
  • Financial analysis and statistical reporting skills are required in addition to the candidates¿ knowledge of food identification and quality standards.
  • Must be able to create effective reports for generating project updates to multi-levels of management.
  • Candidate must possess extensive knowledge of USPH and/or Food Safety regulations.
  • Extensive cruise industry or comparable large volume hotel, restaurant or food production industry required.
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities. Superior verbal and written communications skills.
  • Exposure to international environments preferred.


  • High degree of computer literacy along with skills with the following: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to communicate in a multicultural environment with all levels of employees and management. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple projects and priorities.
  • Curious, persistent, and courageous. You break boundaries and do not settle for the status quo. You have instinctive desire to always dig deeper and find new ways. Your curiosity leads you to think differently and try an introduce new things. You do not settle for mediocracy and have an unmatched determination to solve complex problems.
  • Ability to analyze complex data, draw conclusions, develop appropriate action plans, and execute them. Ability to grasp complex concepts quickly and independently.
  • You strive for perfection and cannot rest until you’ve carryout out your mission. You take risks and recognize the future cannot be shaped without you taking leaps forward. You’re a self-starter the world of innovation does not scare you. You know how to self-manage. You are a leader and initiator; you do not wait around for someone else to step up.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, and speak or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.


Performs other work-related duties as required and assigned.

Royal Caribbean Group

Royal Caribbean Group

Royal Caribbean Group (NYSE: RCL) is a cruise vacation company comprised of three award-winning global brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Silversea Cruises. Royal Caribbean Group is also a 50% owner of a joint venture that includes TUI Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. Together, our brands operate a global fleet of 60 ships traveling to more than 800 destinations worldwide.

We’re proud of the way our team members from different cultural backgrounds, ages, races, religions, education levels, sexual orientation, genders, and disabilities come together to create the incredible vacation experiences we’re known for. We believe that the diversity of our employees plays a major role in our success.

We are proud of our entrepreneurial spirit, the force that drives us to innovate. It’s that state of mind that helps us see opportunity where others see only risk.

Come join our RCG family and journey with us!

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