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Manager, Culinary Innovation

Newport Beach, California 610 Newport Center Drive, 92660
Manager, Culinary Innovation (22015817)



Manages the ideation, development, and implementation of new food and beverage products into the Stage Gate Process at Chipotle's Cultivate Center Test Kitchen. Champions Chipotle's Food with Integrity mission and fuels the inspiration for strategic innovation to drive sales, traffic, and margin. Fluent in Chipotle BOH culinary operations.



In addition to following Chipotle’s policies and procedures, principal accountabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Leads new product innovation and innovates consistently on new food and beverage offerings for New Ventures team. This includes culinary showcases, executive presentations, vendor sessions, food treks, competitive inspiration sessions, and more.
  • Oversees consumer testing and cross functional validations of new items. This includes in store testing, focus groups, concept development, and more.
  • Manages New Ventures Innovation Kitchen, product ordering, inventory, support staff, and affiliated spaces in the innovation kitchen. This includes being the Serve Safe Manager on site and ensuring the space is pristine, organized, and maintained.
  • Partners with cross functional members to operationalize new menu items via the stage-gate process. This includes working with Brand Marketing, Finance, Operations, FSQA, procurement, and other key members of the CMG team.
  • Supports creative and launch activities of new menu items. This includes supporting product shoots, commercials, and other media and consumer facing production activities as needed.



  • Culinary Arts Degree / Certification required
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree preferred
  • 8+ years of culinary experience (kitchen and corporate)
  • Some supervisory experience preferred
  • Strong verbal and culinary presentation skills.
  • Passion for food, flavors, and the restaurant industry.
  • Able to work proficiently in Chipotle Kitchen environment.
  • Well versed in MS office including PowerPoint, Excel, and Word.
  • Be knowledgeable of and can draw upon computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite)
  • You will be instrumental in creating a productive, energized, engaging, and collaborative innovation funnel to bring new ideas to the table for Chipotle's guests which meet our FWI and Real food mission!


Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) is cultivating a better world by serving responsibly sourced, classically-cooked, real food with wholesome ingredients without artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Chipotle had over 3,000 restaurants as of March 31, 2022, in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Germany and is the only restaurant company of its size that owns and operates all its restaurants. Chipotle is ranked on the Fortune 500 and is recognized on the 2022 list for Fortune's Most Admired Companies. With over 100,000 employees passionate about providing a great guest experience, Chipotle is a longtime leader and innovator in the food industry. Chipotle is committed to making its food more accessible to everyone while continuing to be a brand with a demonstrated purpose as it leads the way in digital, technology and sustainable business practices. For more information or to place an order online, visit WWW.CHIPOTLE.COM.



Food served fast does not have to be a typical fast-food experience.  Chipotle has always done things differently, both in and out of our restaurants. We are changing the face of fast food, starting conversations, and directly supporting efforts to shift the future of farming and food. We hope you will join us as we continue to learn, evolve, and shape what comes next on our mission to make better food accessible to everyone.

Primary Location: California - Newport Beach - 9998 - 610 Newport Office-(09998)

Work Location:
9998 - 610 Newport Office-(09998)
610 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach 92660

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