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Pastry Assistant

Company Overview

Dandelion Chocolate

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Dandelion Chocolate is a bean-to-bar chocolate factory in San Francisco’s Mission District. We make chocolate from only two ingredients, cocoa beans and cane sugar, and travel to origins as often as we can to build good, trusting relationships with the producers who grow and ferment the beans we buy. Every chocolate bar we make starts with the bean, and now we’re looking for a Pastry Assistant at our 16th Street Factory to help us showcase our single-origin chocolate in our drinks and pastries in our San Francisco cafés.

About the Job
Our pastries are inspired by the distinct flavor profiles of the cocoa beans we source, which means our recipes are continually evolving within a unique creative constraint. You will learn each of our recipes in detail and support the café’s changing needs by making new batches of drinks and pastries. Our executive pastry chef, Lisa Vega (formerly of Gary Danko), helms the kitchen and leads recipe development. Every day in the kitchen starts early with the morning bake and ends with preparation of batters and doughs for the next day’s bake. We are looking for a pastry assistant who is excited about contributing to our beverage and pastry production and who takes delight working with a well-run, creative, and drama-free team. We especially welcome professionals who have the intention to commit to the role for at least a year. This position can be part-time or full-time and starts at $23/hour. Weekend availability is required.

About You
You're a master of consistency and refinement -- thorough, attentive, and precise with your work. Our kitchen’s success depends upon how well we communicate with each other, take care of our own stations and messes, and keep our eyes on time-sensitive things like sugar on the burner. From preparing cookie dough and marshmallows for the upcoming day to refilling our inventory of chocolate drinks, you willingly jump into the task with an eye for detail. We are looking for someone who is a good communicator, punctual, kind, fastidious, and eager to learn.

Equal Opportunity Employer. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, women, gender non-conforming people, persons with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ people, veterans, and adults of all ages are strongly encouraged to apply. In accordance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records for employment.

Job Categories

  • Hours: Full-time
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  • Industry: Food and Beverage
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Job Duties

- Prep work -- Prepare batters, doughs, cakes, and ganaches for hot chocolates so that our teams can meet each day’s customer demand. You are someone who finds zen in the repetition of production.
- Execution -- Follow through on daily production assignments.
- Cleanliness and organization -- Keep the kitchen clean and organized and abide by all hygiene and safety best practices.
- Team player -- Willing to work hard and jump in when needed (e.g. sweep floors, wash dishes, lift heavy. You’re a good listener who asks questions when something is unclear.
- Other tasks as necessary

Job Requirements

- Full time and Weekend Availability -- Available 5 days/ week on Saturday and Sunday, other days are flexible.
- Prior experience -- At least one year of previous pastry experience
- Passion -- A passion for chocolate and pastry!
- Proactive and detail-oriented -- You don’t take short-cuts even when others might not notice.
- Positive, enthusiastic attitude -- People like to work with you, you prioritize a team win over your individual gain, and you proactively help to make this a great place to work by minimizing any drama or politics.
- Physical strength -- Comfortable doing repetitive tasks and standing for long periods of time.

Skills/Experience Preferred


starts at $23/hour


The benefits and perks continue beyond a robust chocolate education. Dandelion Chocolate constantly invests in our people and culture. All team members receive heavily subsidized medical, vision, and dental benefits as well as the option to enroll in our 401k program. All team members receive paid vacation time, holiday pay, and paid sick time. In addition, our team members enjoy commuter benefits, FSAs, chocolate tasting opportunities, and a range of opportunities to grow and develop within the company.


Full-time or Part-time; Weekend availability is required

Resume Required


Cover letter Required


Other Application Requirements

Special note about cover letter: We are invested in team members who take ownership over their role and are interested in contributing in a bigger way with us. If you are interested, we’d like to see your resume and cover letter, including a paragraph about your favorite food experience or influence and what excites you about the prospect of working in a single origin chocolate pastry kitchen. Keep in mind that we value passion, attitude, and hard work above just experience, so tell us what inspires you in food and why you would like to work with us.