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Recipe Developer/Editor – Pastry & Baking

Job Overview

The Recipe Developer/Editor – Pastry & Baking works within our highly talented creative team producing content for client and in-house projects including magazines and websites. This position will focus on but not limited to baking and pastry content and requires 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. The ideal candidate has a passion for food and thrives in a high-energy, creative environment with experienced professionals with desire to produce award-winning work.

Please include samples of your work along with your resume

Job Responsibilities

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 with baking & pastry emphasis; or extensive experience, preferably in a test kitchen or restaurant, and/or developing, writing, and editing recipes for brands or publications

Experience working within the publishing industry highly preferred

  • 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:

Modern, well-equipped test kitchen, photo studio and office

Physical requirements:

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

Direct reports:


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

Job Type
Full Time
West Des Moines, IA