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Recipe Developer/Editor

The Recipe Developer/Editor works within our highly talented creative team in producing content for client and in-house projects including magazines and websites. The developer/editor will work in a modern, well-equipped test kitchen, photo studio and office. This position requires a positive attitude and a desire to create recipes with a variety of editorial goals such as, healthy, quick-cook, or pin-worthy for today’s busy and diverse cook. This is a high-energy, creative environment with experienced professionals with the desire to produce award-winning work. We offer an attractive compensation package including full-benefits and opportunities for advancement within the company. 

Please include samples of your work along with your resume


Recipe Development: Research, test, and write recipes for consumer magazines and/or product extensions, as assigned. This includes:  

Research, pitch, develop, and test consumer recipes in accordance with client’s brand guidelines and culinary philosophy

Write and edit recipes throughout their development for clarity, consistency, and style

Review final recipe nutritional analyses

Deliver recipes in accordance with schedule to food publications editor and project Leads for review and approval

Maintain a clean, organized, and professional test kitchen, testing recipes and products on site at Grey Dog Media headquarters

Food Editorial/Recipe Copy: Writes text for food stories in editorial outlines or culinary copy (culinary stories, headlines, recipe blurbs, etc.) for published publications. This includes:

Partner with the Food Publications Editor in researching and developing culinary stories, information, and concepts; responding to copyedit queries; taking testing notes; and reviewing final proofs

Research and outline culinary stories, sidebars, recipe concepts, etc.

Research food and lifestyle trends of interests to the assigned project’s audience; maintain supporting files, resources, etc.

Write and edit content in the areas of cooking and general culinary topics; edit and adapt existing culinary information and recipes to the assigned project/publication

Verify facts, dates, and statistics using approved reference sources

Proof culinary copy and recipes to detect and correct errors in information, spelling, punctuation, and syntax

Collaborate with the digital team to align on major brand initiatives and to support cross-platform opportunities.

Food Photography: Assists with photography as assigned. This includes: 

Assist in planning, propping, and managing kitchen activities for food photo/video shoots

Shop for photography ingredients and necessary food-prep equipment, including researching hard-to-find ingredients

Assist food stylist in preparing food and maintaining a clean and organized kitchen

Prepare food/recipes prior to and on photography days with guidance from food stylist

Oversee and document recipe changes made during photography; advises proper way to photograph recipe food and/or culinary technique

Job Requirements: 

A degree from a culinary school or food science program; or extensive experience, preferably in a test kitchen or restaurant, and/or developing, writing, and editing recipes for brands or publications

Understand how to use Adobe InDesign for entering text within layouts

A solid understanding of grammar and the Chicago style manual

Strong attention to detail in recipe testing, reading, writing, and editing

Ability to work in a collaborative manner to meet client deadlines

Ability to maintain a positive can-do attitude

Strong organizational and time-management skills

Ability to purchase and carry groceries

Working conditions: Typical office and kitchen working conditions

Physical requirements: Typical requirements for office, kitchen, and grocery shopping working conditions

Job Location: West Des Moines, Iowa

Position/Type: Full-Time/professional

Benefits: Medical/HSA/401K/LTD/AD&D/Life Ins./Dental/PTO/Vision

Compensation: Highly Competitive