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America's Test Kitchen is a real place: a no-nonsense, fully equipped test kitchen located just outside of Boston, where a team of highly qualified test cooks and editors perform thousands of tests every year. The goal? To develop the best recipes and cooking techniques, recommend the best cookware and equipment, and rate brand-name pantry staples for home cooks, which are published in our two magazines, Cook's Illustrated and Cook's Country, our growing line of cookbooks, our websites, and featured on our public television series, America's Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country TV. We are devoted to a collegial approach to cooking-teams of editors, writers, and cooks engage in side-by-side comparisons, blind taste tests, and rigorous equipment performance tests to determine which pans work and which ones don't, which brand of ketchup tastes best, and so on.

America's Test Kitchen accepts no advertising. We are a private company with no affiliations with large publishers, cookware manufacturers, or food purveyors, which means that our content is unbiased and objective.

America's Test Kitchen is a fast growing publishing company conveniently located on the MBTA Green Line in Brookline Village, Massachusetts. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, health insurance coverage offers a choice of a Blue Cross Blue Shield Care PPO or an HMO, Delta Dental, Prudential short term and long term disability insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, a generous amount of vacation time and summer hours from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Currently Available

Art Director, Books

We are seeking an Art Director, Books to assist with the execution of high-level design and development for book projects. The ideal candidate will be ready to help the senior creative team take our successful book program to the next level. Both supervisory and hands-on, the Art Director, Books is a senior position in the department, and requires both variety and depth of experience. This is a full-time position ideal for an individual with at least 10 years of design experience in a publishing environment.

ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF POSITION

  • Work under the direction of the Design Director to develop book covers and interior page designs, building book products that support and extend our 3 brands. Maintain consistent design philosophy throughout each line of books while creating individual packages and designs that are unique to the title.
  • Must be able to generate solid and varied alternatives based on original ideas and team input. Must be able to design with complex content components that teach and demonstrate to readers both complex actions and concepts.
  • Art direct cover and interior photography, photo edit, and assign illustration as needed. Schedule photography based on key timing points in project schedules.
  • Design and produce cover and page layout files for print production.
  • Requires strong collaboration and management skills for overlapping projects in an environment with multiple internal partners. Ability to work in an environment where content creation and layout happen simultaneously and final designs are reached through an iterative process.
  • Supervise and assign projects to a small, dedicated team of designers who work on book design projects and page layouts. As the book program grows, mentor and train staff members to take on more responsibilities and take the lead on hiring for the team as needed.
  • Partner with Editorial team to understand project requirements and develop creative strategy. Must develop close working ties with Editorial team and be a strong voice in the development of each product.
  • Work with and guide the Production team to determine package specifications, and review color image processing. Develop creative package details, working with Production team to cost out various specs.
  • Work with Operational Technology team to determine schedules and workflow. Consistently monitor projects to maintain the schedule, and be a pro-active negotiator when schedules change.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Strong design, and concept development skills
  • Excellent typography skills
  • Proficiency using Macintosh OSX, Adobe, InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Ability to understand and translate the unique voice of several distinct brands into lines of books that share a common design philosophy
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a design team; take and give constructive criticism on layouts and artwork with other members of team
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Must be able to balance multiple deadlines and project priorities.
  • Cookbook experience and/or a passion for cooking a significant plus.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Graphic Design, Fine Arts, or related field
  • 10 years experience in graphic design with an emphasis on books, within a Mac environment. Must have experience creating original book interiors and covers.
  • Portfolio must demonstrate relevant project experience, including book projects, within branded contexts.
  • 5 years managing and mentoring more junior team members.

CONTACT

America’s Test Kitchen is a fast growing publishing company conveniently located on the MBTA Green Line in Brookline Village, Massachusetts. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, health insurance coverage offers a choice of a Blue Cross Blue Shield Care PPO or and HMO, Delta Dental, Prudential short term and long term disability insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, a generous amount of vacation time and summer hours from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Qualified Candidates should send a cover letter, salary requirements, and resume with links or PDF format on-line portfolio to artdirector.books@americastestkitchen.com with Art Director 11-2014 in the subject line.

COMPANY SUMMARY

America’s Test Kitchen is a real place: a no-nonsense, fully equipped test kitchen located in Brookline, where a team of highly qualified test cooks and editors perform thousands of tests every year. The goal? To develop the best recipes and cooking techniques, recommend the best cookware and equipment, and rate brand-name pantry staples for home cooks, which are published in our two magazines, Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country, our growing line of cookbooks, our websites, and featured on our public television series, America’s Test Kitchen. We are devoted to a collegial approach to cooking—teams of editors, writers, and cooks engage in side-by-side comparisons, blind taste tests, and rigorous equipment performance tests to determine which pans work and which ones don’t, which brand of ketchup tastes best, and so on.

Our publications contain no advertising. We are a private company with no affiliations with large publishers, cookware manufacturers, or food purveyors, which means that our content is unbiased and objective.

Associate Director, Publicity

America’s Test Kitchen is seeking an Assistant Publicity Director. Reporting to the Director of the Retail Book Program, the person in this position will strategize, develop, and execute campaigns for America’s Test Kitchen’s books, magazines, and digital products—write press releases and creative pitch letters; book national and local media; arrange author tours, book signings and virtual events; participate in launch, marketing, and other brainstorming meetings. We’re looking for someone with strong media contacts, a passionate interest in food and familiarity with the industry trends and tastemakers, top-notch communication skills, and creativity.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Planning and executing publicity campaigns for both frontlist and backlist culinary titles, as well as specific magazine, TV, and radio content.
  • Writing press releases and other PR-related materials, pulling reviewer lists, and managing warehouse mailings
  • Strong media contacts, particularly in the food and media spaces
  • Planning and executing all book-related tours and retail events

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • BA (or equivalent)
  • 5+ years of experience

CONTACT

America’s Test Kitchen is conveniently located on the MBTA Green Line in Brookline Village, Massachusetts. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, health insurance coverage (PPO), Delta Dental, Prudential life, short-term and long-term disability insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, a generous amount of vacation time, and summer hours from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Qualified candidates should send a cover letter, salary requirements, and resume via email to ad.publicity@americastestkitchen.com with Associate Director, Publicity 2014 in the subject line.

COMPANY SUMMARY

America’s Test Kitchen is a real place: a no-nonsense, fully equipped test kitchen located in Brookline, where a team of highly qualified test cooks and editors perform thousands of tests every year. The goal? To develop the best recipes and cooking techniques, recommend the best cookware and equipment, and rate brand-name pantry staples for home cooks, which are published in our two magazines, Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country, our growing line of cookbooks, our websites, and featured on our public television series, America’s Test Kitchen. We are devoted to a collegial approach to cooking—teams of editors, writers, and cooks engage in side-by-side comparisons, blind taste tests, and rigorous equipment performance tests to determine which pans work and which ones don’t, which brand of ketchup tastes best, and so on.

Our publications contain no advertising. We are a private company with no affiliations with large publishers, cookware manufacturers, or food purveyors, which means that our content is unbiased and objective.

Editorial Assistant, Special Issues

The Editorial Assistant, Special Issues, works closely with and reports to the Executive Editor, Special Issues, while helping produce approximately 20 Cook’s Illustrated, Cook’s Country, and America’s Test Kitchen special interest publications per year. The Editorial Assistant, Special Issues, is an instrumental member of our small team and therefore is responsible for a wide range of duties.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES OF POSITION

  • Prepare detailed production spreadsheets and art lists for each assigned issue in consultation with the Executive Editor and the design and production teams. This information is the map from which an issue is built.
  • Edit copy to fit, as well as write heds, deks, captions, and text for all assigned issues.
  • Apply house style to all recipes and text to ensure consistency within an issue and across all channels.
  • Review and key in first pass, final pass, copyedit, and proofread editorial changes for all assigned issues using InCopy software on a K4 publishing platform.
  • Work with the design team to make sure all art- and marketing-related changes that occur at these review stages are entered correctly and in a timely manner.
  • Make sure that all the equipment testings and products tastings that we publish in our special issues are up to date and that the sourcing info is still valid.
  • Assign recipe ID numbers to the recipes we repurpose in our issues and then compile a list of those recipes, checking their style and entering them into our database.
  • Perform any other editorial duties as needed.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Strong familiarity with Macintosh operating systems, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel required.
  • Basic knowledge of InCopy software and the K4 publishing platform is a plus.
  • Great attention to detail.
  • Ability to manage several projects concurrently.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.
  • Flexibility during peak publishing periods.
  • Good editing and writing skills.
  • Strong knowledge of food and home cooking is a plus.
  • Familiarity with grammar rules detailed in The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition is a plus.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • BS/BA or equivalent in related field.
  • 1 to 2 years of magazine, newspaper, or cookbook editorial experience.

CONTACT

America’s Test Kitchen is conveniently located on the MBTA Green Line in Brookline Village, Massachusetts. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, health insurance coverage (PPO), Delta Dental, Prudential life, short-term and long-term disability insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, a generous amount of vacation time, and summer hours from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Qualified candidates should send a cover letter, salary requirements, and resume via email to editorialassistant.specialissues@americastestkitchen.com with Editorial Assistant, SIP 2014 in the subject line.

COMPANY SUMMARY

America’s Test Kitchen is a real place: a no-nonsense, fully equipped test kitchen located in Brookline, where a team of highly qualified test cooks and editors perform thousands of tests every year. The goal? To develop the best recipes and cooking techniques, recommend the best cookware and equipment, and rate brand-name pantry staples for home cooks, which are published in our two magazines, Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country, our growing line of cookbooks, our websites, and featured on our public television series, America’s Test Kitchen. We are devoted to a collegial approach to cooking—teams of editors, writers, and cooks engage in side-by-side comparisons, blind taste tests, and rigorous equipment performance tests to determine which pans work and which ones don’t, which brand of ketchup tastes best, and so on.

Our publications contain no advertising. We are a private company with no affiliations with large publishers, cookware manufacturers, or food purveyors, which means that our content is unbiased and objective.

Full Stack Ruby on Rails Developer

Who We Are

America’s Test Kitchen is a real place: a no-nonsense, fully equipped test kitchen located in Brookline, where a team of highly qualified test cooks and editors perform thousands of tests every year. The goal? To develop the best recipes and cooking techniques, recommend the best cookware and equipment, and rate brand-name pantry staples for home cooks, which are published in our two magazines, Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country, our growing line of cookbooks, our websites, and featured on our public television series, America’s Test Kitchen. We are devoted to a collegial approach to cooking—teams of editors, writers, and cooks engage in side-by-side comparisons, blind taste tests, and rigorous equipment performance tests to determine which pans work and which ones don’t, which brand of ketchup tastes best, and so on.

Our publications contain no advertising. We are a private company with no affiliations with large publishers, cookware manufacturers, or food purveyors, which means that our content is unbiased and objective.

What We’re Looking For

A smart, energetic, full stack Ruby on Rails developer that can innovate on all layers of our high traffic, highly transactional stack. You will work with a talented team of seasoned engineers in an agile, startup environment that deploys code to Production five days a week. A large part of our traffic is mobile so experience with Responsive Design across phone, tablet and desktop is a must. If you have a passion for the Web and an insatiable desire to innovate and learn new technologies we want to talk to you.

Responsibilities

  • Participate in the development of new features across our technology stack supporting ATK’s position as the premier online destination for the most authoritative content for home cooks
  • Work with Marketing, Product, and Editorial teams in a collaborative environment to build high performing, scalable technology solutions that support ATK’s unique intersection of content and commerce
  • Participate and drive continuous optimization through all stages of software development from prototyping to bug fixes in an agile environment

Skills You Need

  • 3+ years engineering applications in Ruby on Rails or equivalent MVC framework in an agile environment
  • Proven ability to knock out a pixel perfect site across multiple screens with Javascript, AJAX, HTML, and CSS
  • Experience with Heroku hosting and GitHub development environments
  • CoffeeScript, Ember and Backbone Javascript frameworks
  • HAML and SCSS
  • PostgreSQL
  • RSpec and Travis CI

Contact

America’s Test Kitchen is a fast growing publishing company conveniently located on the MBTA Green Line in Brookline Village, Massachusetts. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, health insurance coverage offers a choice of a Blue Cross Blue Shield Care PPO or an HMO, Delta Dental, Prudential short term and long term disability insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, a generous amount of vacation time and summer hours from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Qualified candidates should send a cover letter, salary requirements, resume and link to a GitHub profile via email to rails.developer@americastestkitchen.com with Full Stack Ruby on Rails Developer in the subject line. (Remote considered for MA or NY residents who reside outside of NYC).

Kitchen Assistant, Dishwasher (On Call)

We are looking for a responsible, punctual, self-motivating and efficient Kitchen Assistant to assist our busy test kitchen staff during peak periods and to cover vacation periods. We seek an independent individual who can work well on a team. This person will work in our dish room assisting with general kitchen operations tasks including: caring for and washing cookware and equipment, organizing and maintaining equipment, cleaning and maintaining the test kitchen facility. This position requires heavy lifting (regularly up to 50 pounds; occasionally more), teamwork, dependability and flexibility.

We are looking for this person to be a productive, positive and enthusiastic member of our kitchen operations team. The hours for this position are flexible. We will call in advance to determine your availability. Assignments can last from 1 to 5 (sometimes more) days.

EDUCATION/ EXPERIENCE/SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • HS diploma (or equivalent).
  • Minimum of 1 to 3 years of related experience.
  • Applicant must be able to provide 2-3 culinary related references (restaurant preferred).
  • Flexibility during peak periods.
  • Ability to lift and move heavy objects, to climb stairs, step ladders

CONTACT

America’s Test Kitchen is a fast growing publishing company conveniently located on the MBTA Green Line in Brookline Village, Massachusetts. Qualified candidates should send a cover letter, salary requirements and resume via email to oncallkitchen.assistant@americastestkitchen.com with Kitchen Assistant 2014 in the Subject Line.

COMPANY SUMMARY

America’s Test Kitchen is a real place: a no-nonsense, fully equipped test kitchen located in Brookline, where a team of highly qualified test cooks and editors perform thousands of tests every year. The goal? To develop the best recipes and cooking techniques, recommend the best cookware and equipment, and rate brand-name pantry staples for home cooks, which are published in our two magazines, Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country, our growing line of cookbooks, our websites, and featured on our public television series, America’s Test Kitchen. We are devoted to a collegial approach to cooking—teams of editors, writers, and cooks engage in side-by-side comparisons, blind taste tests, and rigorous equipment performance tests to determine which pans work and which ones don’t, which brand of ketchup tastes best, and so on.

Our publications contain no advertising. We are a private company with no affiliations with large publishers, cookware manufacturers, or food purveyors, which means that our content is unbiased and objective.

Marketing and Sponsorship Intern (Summer 2015)

We are currently searching for a highly motivated, organized and enthusiastic individual to work in our Marketing and Sponsorship Department for a minimum of 20 hours per week. The Marketing and Sponsorship personnel secure and maintain funding for our public television series, and the department intern will assist with many aspects of new business prospecting and existing sponsorship relationships.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Marketing and Sponsorship intern will provide support and assistance with many real projects that will help the department grow including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Sponsorship event planning and preparation
  • Creation of sales materials for marketing and sponsorship opportunities
  • Audience and prospect research
  • Maintaining important department Customer Relationship Database and other organizational documents
  • Content collection and delivery
  • Copywriting for the execution of sponsorship Social Media events
  • Day-to-day tasks as they arise

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • High degree of comfort in using Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Google Docs
  • Adaptability to day-to-day changes in scheduling and changing priorities
  • Ability to identify priorities and manage workload accordingly
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, as the role requires interaction with multiple internal departments
  • A passion for food and cooking is a plus!

To apply, please send an email introducing yourself, along with a resume and cover letter to sponsorship.intern@americastestkitchen.com. Please also include Marketing and Sponsorship Intern in the subject line.

Deadline for Summer 2015 (Internship runs June 2015 through August 2015): March 1, 2014

Production Intern

We are seeking an Intern to work in our Production Department. The individual will gain valuable experience and insight into all aspects of a modern publishing workflow including asset management, digital imaging, file construction and proofing. This is an opportunity to work directly with a highly experienced team of professionals in a high volume Print Production Department to enhance his/her formal education with real-world exposure.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Under the direction of the Asset and Workflow Manager, applying standards-based metadata tags in Adobe Bridge.
  • Under the direction of the Production and Imaging Specialist, search and retrieve digital assets from ATK archives for use in marketing materials and magazine publication; silhouette and color correct images for use in magazines and books.
  • Under the direction of the Book Production Manager, assist in preparing files for offset printing and contract proofs as required.

SKILLS

  • Strong working knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Bridge, and Acrobat (CS4), Microsoft Word and Excel, and the Macintosh Operating System (version 10.5).
  • Familiarity with offset lithographic printing and digital imaging.
  • Highly organized and able to function in a team environment.

CONTACT

America’s Test Kitchen is a fast growing publishing company conveniently located on the MBTA Green Line in Brookline Village, Massachusetts. Qualified candidates should send a cover letter, availability and resume via email to human_resources@americastestkitchen.com with Production Intern in the Subject Line.

Sr. Digital Designer

If you love creating things and take great personal pride in crafting beautiful, functional and highly performant interfaces that redefine digital experiences, we want to work with you. We’re looking for a curious, thoughtful, creative, collaborative, enthusiastic and empathetic candidate to join our UX & Visual Design team.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Help create designs that establish America’s Test Kitchen as a the premier online destination for the most authoritative content for home cooks
  • Conceptualize, visualize and design the best experience for all of America’s Test Kitchen’s digital properties across desktop, mobile, and tablet leveraging established brand assets
  • Collaborate with a wide range of contributors including Marketing, Product, Technology, Editorial teams, and Test Cooks, to develop innovative designs and experiences that integrate our unique intersection of content and commerce
  • Ensure visual consistency of customer experience and brand across various digital touch points
  • Flexibility during peak periods

SKILLS YOU NEED

  • 5+ years in consumer facing digital design and experience in the mobile space
  • Deep understanding of best practices in engaging user experiences across web and mobile
  • Master proficiency with design tools such as Adobe Creative Suite
  • Ability to craft beautiful visual and experiential solutions to support user behavior goals that positively impact the brand and business needs
  • A well-rounded, visually-exceptional portfolio that includes examples of thoughtful UX work
  • Experience with responsive design, HTML and CSS. Ability to prototypes a huge plus.

CONTACT

America's Test Kitchen is a fast growing publishing company conveniently located on the MBTA Green Line in Brookline Village, Massachusetts. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, health insurance coverage offers a choice of a Blue Cross Blue Shield Care PPO or an HMO, Delta Dental, Prudential short term and long term disability insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, a generous amount of vacation time and summer hours from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Qualified candidates should send a cover letter, salary requirements, resume and link to a current portfolio or work via email to digital.designer@americastestkitchen.com with Sr. Digital Designer 09-2014 in the subject line.

COMPANY SUMMARY

America’s Test Kitchen is a real place: a no-nonsense, fully equipped test kitchen located in Brookline, where a team of highly qualified test cooks and editors perform thousands of tests every year. The goal? To develop the best recipes and cooking techniques, recommend the best cookware and equipment, and rate brand-name pantry staples for home cooks, which are published in our two magazines, Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country, our growing line of cookbooks, our websites, and featured on our public television series, America’s Test Kitchen. We are devoted to a collegial approach to cooking—teams of editors, writers, and cooks engage in side-by-side comparisons, blind taste tests, and rigorous equipment performance tests to determine which pans work and which ones don’t, which brand of ketchup tastes best, and so on.

Our publications contain no advertising. We are a private company with no affiliations with large publishers, cookware manufacturers, or food purveyors, which means that our content is unbiased and objective.

Sr. UX Designer

If you love creating things and take great personal pride in crafting beautiful, functional and highly performant interfaces that redefine digital experiences, we want to work with you. We’re looking for a curious, thoughtful, creative, collaborative, enthusiastic and empathetic candidate to join our UX & Visual Design team.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Help create designs that establish America’s Test Kitchen as a the premier online destination for the most authoritative content for home cooks
  • Research, conceptualize, visualize, test, and document the best experience for all of America’s Test Kitchen’s digital properties across desktop, mobile, and tablet leveraging established brand assets
  • Collaborate with a wide range of contributors including Marketing, Product, Technology, Editorial teams, and Test Cooks, to develop innovative designs and experiences that integrate our unique intersection of content and commerce
  • Ensure a consistent and satisfying customer experience across various digital touch points

SKILLS YOU NEED

  • 5+ years in consumer facing digital UX and experience in the mobile space
  • Deep understanding of best practices in engaging user experiences across web and mobile
  • Proficiency creating wireframes that clearly articulate functionality and the spirit of a concept
  • Ability to conduct customer research, user studies, and focus groups
  • A well-rounded portfolio that includes examples of thoughtful UX work
  • Experience with responsive design, HTML and CSS. Ability to prototypes a huge plus.
  • Flexibility during peak periods

CONTACT

America's Test Kitchen is a fast growing publishing company conveniently located on the MBTA Green Line in Brookline Village, Massachusetts. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, health insurance coverage offers a choice of a Blue Cross Blue Shield Care PPO or an HMO, Delta Dental, Prudential short term and long term disability insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, a generous amount of vacation time and summer hours from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Qualified candidates should send a cover letter, salary requirements, resume and link to a current portfolio or work via email to digital.designer@americastestkitchen.com with Sr. UX Designer 09-2014 in the subject line.

COMPANY SUMMARY

America’s Test Kitchen is a real place: a no-nonsense, fully equipped test kitchen located in Brookline, where a team of highly qualified test cooks and editors perform thousands of tests every year. The goal? To develop the best recipes and cooking techniques, recommend the best cookware and equipment, and rate brand-name pantry staples for home cooks, which are published in our two magazines, Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country, our growing line of cookbooks, our websites, and featured on our public television series, America’s Test Kitchen. We are devoted to a collegial approach to cooking—teams of editors, writers, and cooks engage in side-by-side comparisons, blind taste tests, and rigorous equipment performance tests to determine which pans work and which ones don’t, which brand of ketchup tastes best, and so on.

Our publications contain no advertising. We are a private company with no affiliations with large publishers, cookware manufacturers, or food purveyors, which means that our content is unbiased and objective.

Test Cook

Entrance to the Test Kitchen is either at the Assistant Test Cook or Test Cook level. That level depends on the skill set candidates demonstrate during the recruiting process and on their culinary training and experience. Test Cooks can be hired into one of three departments: Cook’s Illustrated, Cook’s Country, or Books. The essential functions are the same regardless of department.

Please note: All Test Cook positions are site-based. Both levels and all departments may be asked to participate in videos, behind-the-scene and/or camera work during filming of our two television programs, including up two weeks per year offsite in Vermont.

Whether we are actively recruiting at a given point in time, we welcome qualified submissions at all times and will return to our files when a position opens.

TEST COOK, COOK’S ILLUSTRATED

A Test Cook is responsible for developing recipes and for writing bylined articles for the magazine detailing the process by which they arrived at the final recipe. Assistant Test Cooks work under the guidance of the Executive Food Editor and the Test Kitchen Director to develop recipes for 1-page stories; they also prepare and style recipes for photo shoots. Test Cooks work more independently to develop recipes for 2-page stories; they are also expected to carry out science experiments and create in-depth sidebars highlighting the food science behind the most important discoveries in a given recipe. Cooks at both levels contribute material to two departments in the magazine, Kitchen Notes and Notes from Readers, with Test Cooks taking the lead.

TEST COOK, COOK’S COUNTRY

Cooks at both levels are responsible for developing recipes and writing bylined articles for the magazine detailing the process by which they arrived at the recipe for publication. Assistant Test Cooks generally work on shorter, less complicated recipes and stories, while Test Cooks work more independently to develop more complex recipes and stories. Assistant Test Cooks are also responsible for preparing and styling recipes for photo shoots. Cooks at both levels also contribute material to non-recipe departments in the magazine.

BOOKS

A Test Cook is responsible for developing recipes and writing and assembling all relevant material on a chapter-by-chapter basis for any given book project, this includes writing new material related to the recipe development process and repurposing content from the archives. An Assistant Test Cook is responsible for developing recipes for books and/or testing recipes for books under the supervision of more senior members of the book team. Assistant Test Cooks take on full book chapter responsibilities as they become more practiced and have begun to master independent recipe development tasks. Both Test Cooks and Assistant Test Cooks work on dedicated book team projects and are expected to contribute feedback and problem-solving ideas at recipe tastings. In addition, Test Cooks and Assistant Test Cooks are often required to prepare food for and/or orchestrate step shoots in support of book art needs.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Ability to juggle writing and cooking tasks in a fast-paced, deadline-driven team environment where priorities can shift quickly.
  • Comfort with both savory and sweet cooking methods.
  • Self-starter with independence, initiative, and a drive to succeed, as well as strong organizational skills and can-do approach to problem solving.
  • Effective communicator with ability to present findings in a group setting.
  • Good writing skills.
  • Ability to master the test kitchen's well-established editorial voice.
  • Ability to build relationships and work across multiple departments.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and comfortably in an environment in which decisions are more often made by the group than by the individual.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Degree from an accredited culinary arts program (or equivalent).
  • Minimum of 2 years cooking experience for Assistant Test Cook level and 4 years minimum for Test Cook level. Fine dining environment preferred.
  • BA/BS degree in liberal arts, journalism, literature, a plus.
  • Food writing experience a plus.

CONTACT

Qualified candidates should send a cover letter, salary requirements, and resume (clearly articulating cooking experience) via email to human.resources@americastestkitchen.com with Test Cook in the Subject Line. Writing samples are welcome.

COMPANY SUMMARY

America’s Test Kitchen is a real place: a no-nonsense, fully equipped test kitchen located in Brookline, where a team of highly qualified test cooks and editors perform thousands of tests every year. The goal? To develop the best recipes and cooking techniques, recommend the best cookware and equipment, and rate brand-name pantry staples for home cooks, which are published in our two magazines, Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country, our growing line of cookbooks, our websites, and featured on our public television series, America’s Test Kitchen. We are devoted to a collegial approach to cooking—teams of editors, writers, and cooks engage in side-by-side comparisons, blind taste tests, and rigorous equipment performance tests to determine which pans work and which ones don’t, which brand of ketchup tastes best, and so on.

Our publications contain no advertising. We are a private company with no affiliations with large publishers, cookware manufacturers, or food purveyors, which means that our content is unbiased and objective.

Test Kitchen Intern

  • 3 month duration
  • Hours: M-F (9-5) *Note: if assigned to our photo shoot team, hours will fluctuate.

Our new internship program is suitable for those currently enrolled in a culinary arts/ baking-pastry program but could also be suitable for graduates or experienced restaurant professionals. This is a hands-on internship in our busy test kitchen. It is not an entry-level internship; we are looking for seasoned and well-trained interns who have strong familiarity with professional cooking/baking basics, methods and techniques; they should possess strong knife skills, have a familiarity with kitchen operations and strong overall food and equipment knowledge.

The test kitchen intern will be responsible for production within a designated publication: Cook's Illustrated magazine, Cook's Country magazine, cookbooks or our photo team. The intern will rotate to a new publication every 6 weeks, allowing them to work with 2 teams during their 3-month internship, with exception to our filming seasons (May, September) when interns may be assigned to assist with our shows.

Interns will work daily with test cooks and editors in researching recipes, preparing mise en place, and performing cooking tests. An intern may also help out during photo shoots by prepping ingredients, making recipes and gathering equipment. The intern may also help with evaluations of kitchen equipment and ingredient taste tests.

The intern will be expected to train quickly and effectively on our kitchen policies and procedures. He/she will assist our two Senior Kitchen Assistants with check in and distribution of daily shopping ingredients and be responsible to report on kitchen tasks; including but not limited to: cleaning and organizational tasks, maintenance and calibration of equipment, prep/cooking for in house catering events, dishwashing and trips to our local grocery store if necessary.

Interns will be eligible to participate in a research project halfway through their internship period. This project is designed to simulate the work of a test cook through research and experiments.

This is a paid ($8/hr) position and rewarding opportunity to work in the test kitchen of a special organization. You will gain hands-on experience and make a positive contribution to a fascinating organization. This internship can also be used for credit at many institutions.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • 2+ years hands-on culinary experience highly desirable.
  • Proof of status in current culinary arts or baking-pastry program (ideally this is second or third externship experience) OR paperwork indicating completion of either program (if you are a culinary management or food science major, please highlight your hands-on culinary experience in your application. Applicants without this experience will not be considered).
  • Candidates must be analytical, accurate, flexible, efficient, and punctual.
  • Candidates must have the ability to follow directions, work independently and within a team and maintain a creative mindset
  • Candidates must have strong communication skills
  • Candidates must understand the expectation of the internship and be committed to the duration and hours as listed

America's Test Kitchen is currently looking to hire kitchen interns for the following periods. Please include which internship you are applying for when submitting your cover letter and resume.

Spring Term 2015: February 9th, 2015 - May 1st, 2015
Summer Term 2015: May 4th, 2015 - July 24th, 2015
*Please note: dates are not flexible.

CONTACT

Qualified candidates should send a cover letter, availability and resume via email to internships@americastestkitchen.com with Kitchen Intern in the Subject Line. Please do not contact us by phone.

Web Editorial Intern, Social Media

America's Test Kitchen is seeking two Web Editorial Interns to assist our exciting, fast-paced team. Reporting to the Social Media Editor, the interns are responsible for writing, producing, and planning out the company's daily online presence.

This is a great opportunity to work with all aspects of the company, from the editorial team to the test kitchen. And, it's fun! We will expect you to be detail oriented writers and execute innovative ideas that engage our online community—all while sustaining a constant curiosity for social media. This is a paid internship ($8/hr) and the intern must be able to work at least 2-3 half-days a week. Each intern contributes to our multiple social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+, and Instagram) and completes an individual intern project—here are examples of what interns have done in the past. This internship is on-location at America's Test Kitchen's offices in Brookline, Massachusetts.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Experience writing for blogs or publications
  • A passion for food and food news
  • Experience with Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, etc
  • Responsibility and energy in a deadline-centric environment
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Willingness to learn new and challenging tasks
  • Great ideas and a positive, can-do attitude

To apply, send an email introducing yourself, along with a resume and relevant links to blogs, Twitter feeds, or social pages, to socialmedia@americastestkitchen.com. Please include Web Editorial Intern in the subject line.

Deadline for Late Winter / Early Spring 2015 (Internship runs Mid January 2015 through Mid April 2015): October 15, 2014

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