Cooking with Cannabis Careers and Job Openings
Cannabis cooking careers are in-demand right now. Imagine being able to create infused edible products from scratch every day as part of your job. That is what cannabis chefs are responsible for at commercial production facilities.
If you want to work in the cannabis industry’s culinary field, there are a few ways you can do this. Regardless of the avenue you choose, you must have previous cooking and kitchen experience as well as a passion for plant medicine.
Cooking With Cannabis at Work
Interested in finding a culinary career in cannabis? You’re not alone. Cooking with cannabis has become an increasingly popular aspect of the food, beverage, hospitality, and tourism industry. Cooking professionals are integral to the production of the market’s edibles and ingredients.
However, extensive knowledge of the cannabis industry and culinary techniques are necessary. Cannabis cooking careers also require understanding cannabis extraction, different types of concentrates, cannabis dosing, cannabis plant anatomy, and the endocannabinoid system.
In addition, cannabis kitchen employees be familiar with working in a fast-paced, high-volume commercial kitchen. They must also understand every part of the supply chain and know how to properly store cannabis products.
Within each edible production facility or cannabis cooking establishment, each cannabis cooking job may be responsible for a certain product line or segment of the kitchen such as making chocolates, baked goods, candies, or savory treats.
If you want to work in the industry, there are many ways to do this. You can enroll in culinary classes or even cannabis-specific cooking classes available in legal cannabis states. You can start your own cannabis cooking blog. The possibilities are endless.
Whether you are looking for entry-level cannabis work or want the executive chef role in a large-scale processing facility, marijuana cooking careers are now more accessible than ever*!
*Must meet your state’s minimum age requirement to work at a cannabis establishment (usually 21 years of age)
Entry-Level Cannabis Cooking Careers
Entry-level marijuana cooking jobs require workers to assist the supervisors and head chefs in preparing edible infusions and the kitchen space. At least one year of prior experience in a similar work environment is preferred.
A kitchen assistant , also known as a kitchen associate, is responsible for supporting supervisors and managers in the production and preparation of cannabis-infused products.
Assistants will prepare ingredients and equipment, execute the recipes, package the product, and keep equipment and supplies clean and sanitized.
Kitchen assistant job responsibilities include:
- Remain compliant with state and local regulations and company policies
- Maintain a clean and organized work environment
- Prepare a wide range of edibles
- Scale and mix ingredients according to recipes
- Operate a variety of machinery including electric mixers and other industrial kitchen tools
- Follow proper storage and waste disposal procedures
- Manage inventory of raw materials and equipment
- Package and label produced goods
- Kitchen and food preparation experience (preferred)
- Production and manufacturing experience (preferred)
- Cannabis industry experience (preferred)
- Must have a high school diploma or GED
- Must be able to obtain an agent identification card (if applicable)
Mid-Level and Advanced Cannabis Cooking Careers
Mid-level and advanced cooking careers are available to individuals with years of kitchen and management experience. Mid-level careers include kitchen supervisors, sous chefs, and station chefs. Mid-level cannabis jobs can pay between $20 and $27 per hour.
Advanced careers include executive chefs and directors of culinary operations. Generally, they will work in a commercial processing facility but they may also have their own personal cooking business where they offer private dinners, cater events, and provide cannabis cooking classes.
An edibles chef, also known as an executive chef, is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of a commercial cannabis kitchen. They must produce edibles with cannabis oils and delegate kitchen staff to perform a variety of production tasks.
Edibles chef job responsibilities include:
- Developing and improving standard operating procedures
- Oversee the cleaning and organization of the production area
- Oversee the inventory management and tracking of raw materials and equipment
- Ensure the safe and timely production of edibles
- Ensures a consistent and pure product with quality control testing
- Oversee the preparation of ingredients and equipment
- Oversee the execution of cannabis production
- Operate kitchen equipment
- Degree in culinary arts
- Culinary and kitchen management experience
- High-volume food service operations experience
- Batch cooking experience
Cannabis Private Chef
Becoming a private/personal cannabis chef is another, less defined, way to enter the cannabis industry. A private chef can prepare private dinners for a select group of guests, prepare meals for later use, or offer cannabis cooking classes to help them create edibles at home.
Cannabis private chef job responsibilities include:
- Meeting with clients to determine a unique meal based on their unique preferences, allergies, or dietary restrictions.
- Sourcing meal ingredients (seasonal and local) as well as kitchen supplies
- Preparation of meals in homes following strict food health and safety regulations
- Packaging and labeling prepared meals for later consumption
- Providing instructions for clients to cook meals at a later date
- High school diploma or GED
- Bachelor or associate degree in culinary arts (preferred)
- Culinary experience
- Knowledge of a variety of cuisines
- Knowledge of food health and safety regulations
Find Cannabis Cooking Careers at Marijuana Job Finder
Cannabis cooking careers are becoming more commonplace. As states continue to legalize commercial cannabis markets, the number of marijuana cooking jobs is set to rise, like dough preparing to bake.
If you want to find work in a commercial cannabis kitchen, look no further than Marijuana Job Finder to land the job of your dreams.