Culinary expertise is a crucial aspect of bringing quality products to market—something Standard Meat knows well. In a bid to sharpen its competitive edge, the company has named Zach Calkins as the new Executive Chef, who will be part of Standard Meat’s product development team.
Calkins has been a consultant to Standard Meat for the past seven years, according to a press release. He supported product development, performed trend research, and validated recipes for accuracy. Prior to this, Calkins was a leader at Quiznos, first as Executive Chef, and then as Senior Vice President of Global Product Innovation.
As Executive Chef, Calkins will oversee Standard Meat’s entire culinary product development program and innovations. He will also be a key member of the leadership team, helping to develop and refine the company’s short- and long-term strategies.
Calkins refined his culinary skills at the acclaimed New England Culinary Institute before becoming Sous Chef at the world-famous Coyote Café in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He then became Executive Chef at the renowned Strings Restaurant in Denver, Colorado.
“Having Zach on board as our full-time Executive Chef will give him an even greater ability to keep Standard Meat as an industry leader, continuing to keep us on the forefront of culinary innovation,” said Ashli Rosenthal Blumenfeld, Co-President. “Zach’s time as a consultant to Standard Meat showed us he had even more to offer, and we look forward to all he will accomplish in his new role. We are very lucky to have such a talented culinary leader dedicated to our company and team.”
Ben Rosenthal, Standard Meat Co-President, also commented.
“Zach fell in love with food as a child, helping his mother in the kitchen,” said Rosenthal. “He carried this love of food forward into an incredible career. His passion paired with his strategic mind will enable us to provide even greater options to our customers, helping them to continue to excite and delight their patrons.”
Congratulations to Chef Zach Calkins on entering this new role!