Research chefs play integral role in food product development

03/10/2013 | Food Processing

Food manufacturers, aware of consumers' growing culinary savvy and interest in authentic ethnic meals, have hired chefs to help produce new products to release to their entire market or tailored for specific customers. "I'm actively involved in bringing new product concepts from my research, dining experiences or from experimenting in the test kitchen," said Joe Ascoli, research chef at Kettle Cuisine Inc. "I then take the lead in shaping those concepts into bench-top prototypes for testing and evaluating, and am an active participant in gathering operator and consumer feedback."

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