Hi! I’m Talia Koren, the founder of Workweek Lunch, and I’m looking for a creative, detail-oriented expert home cook or recipe developer to help support recipe development and food photography for Workweek Lunch.
This role is ideal for an organized meal prepper who can can get on board with helping people all over the world cook and meal prep delicious meals to save time, money and energy.
In this role, you will support recipe testing, creation and food photography for our subscription service, The Workweek Lunch Meal Prep Program, which currently has thousands of members who look forward to getting new made-for-meal-prep recipes from us every week.
About Workweek Lunch:
WWL is an online meal plan subscription and food blog dedicated to helping people all over the world meal prep to save time, money and eat more homecooked meals.
I started WWL in 2016 as a food blog and Instagram account and we launched the subscription in 2018. The subscription includes weekly meal plans, tested meal prep recipes, a meal planning tool and access to a private community.
It’s the only meal plan subscription that aligns with Intuitive Eating and is not made for weight loss, calorie counting or food restriction, which is one of the main reasons people come to us over our competitors. WWL has been featured in the New York Times, Women’s Health, Buzzfeed, The Kitchn, NBC Better, Prevention and more.
Scroll to the bottom of this page to read more about our company culture and mission.
WWL has big plans to scale up in 2021 and the years to come. We’re launching our new incredible membership website (the future home to all these recipes) which will help us continue to build our member base. We’re also developing new products to help our customers and readers improve as home cooks.
Summary of the Recipe Developer & Photographer Role
- Part-time position – expect to work 15-20 hours/week from home with flexible hours (you set your own schedule). If you’re local to Seattle, we can work together in person if you’re comfortable with this setup. Otherwise, remote is ok!
- This is the first time we are hiring for this role. You will be the only one in this position (besides me, but I wear many hats!). We are currently only hiring one person for this role.
- You must be based in the US.
- You’ll be working on 2-3 recipes per week to be shared in the WWL Meal Prep Program.
- You will be working directly with me, the Founder and CEO of Workweek Lunch, as well as our other amazing team members!
- Primary responsibilities will include cooking and testing recipes based on outlines I’ll provide, testing your own pre-approved ideas, brainstorming recipe ideas with me and photographing the final product to appear on our blog, website and social channels (there will be training for all of the above to maintain consistency in our brand).
- You will be cooking omnivore, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free meals. This role will be easiest for someone who eats mostly everything!
Here’s a more in-depth breakdown of what you’ll be working on to start. There is potential for the right candidate to come on full-time.
Note that we will have in-person or remote training sessions for all of the below whether you’re an experienced recipe developer or not.
Please read everything below carefully before applying! Hint, hint, this job is all about details.
Supporting Our Recipe Development & Writing Process
- Test 2-3 recipes per week for upcoming meals in the WWL Program. I will provide outlines and ideas, especially in the beginning. (These will either be loose ideas or fully written recipes that need another test)
- Communicate directly with our team about the status of each recipe
- Write recipes based on the outlines and your test in our format (we’ll teach you)
- We will provide recipe ideas and outlines and/or come up with them together. You are not initially responsible for coming up with recipes on your own.
- You will solely be working on meal prep recipes, we don’t do desserts, sides, appetizers, cocktails etc.
- Photograph finished recipes (we’ll teach you and provide some equipment, including a backdrop to maintain consistency in the look and feel of our photos)
- Send photographs to me to be edited
- Pitch and brainstorm recipe ideas with the WWL team
- Research potential recipe ideas for the WWL Program
- Study feedback from customers on past recipes to inform new recipe ideas
Communication & Expectations For Deadlines
- You’ll communicate with the team via Gchat and email for the most part.
- We use a website called Asana to track the progress of our content, including recipes.
- You’ll meet with me once per week (virtually) on the phone or via Zoom/Google Hangouts for about an hour or 30 mins for a weekly catch up.
- You’ll work closely with me as well as our Marketing & Production Coordinator, Alyssa.
- Once we’re in the swing of things, we will develop our own system and timing for deadlines.
The best candidate for this role will…
- Live in the US, preferably Seattle, but remote is totally fine.
- Be able to work part-time without sacrificing too much time on weekends (work/life balance is incredibly important to us). If you have a demanding full-time job, this probably isn’t the best fit for you.
- Be meticulous, detail-oriented and have the ability to treat cooking as an experiment
- Have a full kitchen with all standard equipment (oven, stove, fridge, counter space, cooking utensils and tools, hopefully a dishwasher)
- Have some experience with recipe development (preferred, but not required)
- Be completely open to learning our process and open to cooking meals that you may not have chosen yourself (we cook according to the needs of the WWL Program)
- Have strong general writing and communication skills
- Have strong cooking skills (like strong enough to confidently and calmly cook most of Thanksgiving dinner by yourself)
- Utilize meal prep in daily/weekly life, or at least be very familiar with the concept
- Love all kinds of foods and regularly loves to try new cuisines, dishes and ingredients
- Love to pick up new cooking skills frequently
- Not be afraid of failing in the kitchen (you will make mistakes, we all do)
- Get fully on board with the mission behind Workweek Lunch, which is to help people create their own systems around food to get more out of life
- Listen openly to feedback on their work and strive to implement it
- Use Google and resources available when they get stuck (we highly value resourcefulness as all cooking questions have already been answered online!)
- Be honest, open, positive and trustworthy with strong personal integrity
- Demonstrate follow-through on all tasks and projects (I am not a micromanager)
- Have a can-do/get-it-done attitude
- Be ready to learn a lot and ask a ton of questions along the way!
- $2,000/mo plus we cover the cost of groceries for recipe development
- This is a part-time role.
- Remote ok, Seattle-based preferred
- 15-20 hours/week, flexible hours (you set your own hours)
- No health/retirement benefits
- US applicants only
Please read everything above carefully before applying, thanks!
Please do not email us your resume or Dm us on Instagram about this application. Thanks!
Workweek Lunch is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Workweek Lunch does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.
Our Culture & Mission
The mission behind Workweek Lunch is to help people create their own systems around food that allow them to live a more full life. It’s easy to feel bogged down by worrying about every meal. Our content and services help busy folks with meal planning, recipe searching, grocery list making, food budgeting and learning how to streamline the cooking process so they can spend less time in the kitchen and more time doing what’s important to them.
We currently have a small entirely remote team of two full-time employees (including me) and a handful of contractors based all over the country. Everyone on our team is friendly, inclusive and we’re all self-starters. We’re passionate about serving our community and customers, learning more about the ins and outs of our industry and having fun while working, of course!
At WWL, we work hard and we get it all done, but it’s important to us that work is never a source of stress. We’re making meal plans, not saving lives. We value our work and having a life outside it, which is parallel to our philosophy around meal prep and food.