Food is at the center of our values, mission, and culture.
"Whole Foods Market is proud to be an industry leader, and we are excited about our future growth. Our culinary teams are at the core of our business, providing high-quality and nourishing food to customers across the US, UK, and Canada."
-Jeff T., Senior VP, Global Culinary Procurement and Operations
Prepared FoodsIf you're looking to work with a wide array of cuisines and high quality ingredients, you've come to the right place! Develop critical food prep skills across a variety of venues including our legendary hot bar, deli, soup bar, catering, rotisserie, pizza, and more! This is a great place to get your foot in the door to the culinary world.
BakeryThis department always smells like freshly baked bread and is home to the most creative seasonal cupcakes around. If coffee is your thing, our Bakery department also includes the coffee bar. So, whether your focus is savory or sweet, you will find that there are many opportunities to rise to the top in Bakery!
SpecialtyThis department is our most decadent! From cheese, chocolate, packaged coffee, charcuterie boards, to beer and wine. What's not to love? If you're interested in learning even more about cheese, we can help you prepare to become a Certified Cheese Professional through the American Cheese Society!
MeatInterested in working with different species and cuts? In this department, you will have the chance to hone meat-cutting practices and become an expert in our quality and animal welfare standards. We also have a 12-month Butcher Apprentice program in select stores to expediate your learning!
We're known for our fresh, high-quality ingredients (check out our Quality Standards). You will get to work hands-on with these ingredients every day.
Areas of Focus
In Prepared Foods, there is the opportunity to specialize in Hot Bar, Rotisserie, Deli, Production, Pizza, and more! In Bakery, there are Lead Baker, Cake Decorator, and Scratch Baker roles.
Unique and Diverse Recipes
We have our own team of innovators that determine new culinary offerings that coincide with changing seasons and evolving customer preferences. You get to bring these recipes to life.
We have recently introduced seasonal culinary contests where we empower Team Members to submit their ideas for a specific craft (like pizza, wraps, and seasonal cake decor).
Greater Work-Life Balance
Get many of the perks of working in a restaurant without the grueling, unpredictable shift times. We make our schedules three weeks in advance so you can plan accordingly!
slide 2 of 2 Beyond Clean Beauty We believe that what you put on your body should be as good for you as what you put in your body. We have strict standards for all of our beauty and body care products. Learn more Greener Cleaners There aren’t regulations for listing ingredients on cleaning products. So we made our own. Even our lowest-rated products far exceed the ingredient standards you’ll find elsewhere. Learn more Sustainable Seafood Our seafood department sources from responsibly managed fish farms and fisheries. We help maintain healthy fish populations, restore ecosystems, and build a sustainable seafood supply for everyone. Learn more
Career Growth Opportunities
Team & StoreEach deparment has Supervisor, Team Trainer, Associate Team Leader, and Team Leader roles. We even have Career Development Programs to help you get to the next level. We also offer training for store leadership roles.
Chef de PartieIn select stores, we offer the Chef de Partie position. This role in our Prepared Foods department is equivalent to an Associate Team Leader role, but with a greater focus on culinary craftsmanship.
Other TeamsIf you're looking to venture beyond Prepared Foods and Bakery, we have programs in our Meat Department (Butcher Apprentice Program) and Specialty Department (Certified Cheese Professional) to get you trained and/or certified in other crafts.
Regional & GlobalWe also have Regional and Global culinary teams focused on new programs, craftsmanship, and recipe innovation!
Hear it From the Team
Growth Opportunities"I joined Whole Foods Market in 2005 as a Prepared Foods Team Member to fulfill my internship requirements for culinary school. Since then, I've worked on 3 teams (Prepared Foods, Specialty, and Admin) across 2 regions and 10 stores. I became an Associate Store Team Leader and opened my first store in 2017. I'm currently the Store Team Leader at one of the Mid-Atlantic Region's busiest stores!"– Pia D.Store Team Leader
Great Recipe Contests"I'm bringing a little New Orleans flavor into Whole Foods Market by trying to replicate a Muffuletta – but on a pizza! I'm very proud of being named finalist for our Pizza Recipe Contest. It's amazing to have this accomplishment, especially so soon into my career with the company!"– Alexa A.Prepared Foods Team Member
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