A development chef is a trained chef specialising in the development of new dishes or food products.
With food companies, this type of chef is often responsible for the creating of new pre-prepared meals and food products. Within the health care, the chef is often responsible for the development of variations of the mainstream meals, to fit in the different types of diets while still having an appetizing meal. Individual restaurant seldom have a development chef but restaurant chains often do. Here the chef is typically responsible for designing the dish and ensuring that the local kitchen staff can create/prepare the dish to an exact standard.
Development chefs need sufficient training in Culinary arts, experimental food methods and food science plus sufficient experience in actual preparing of dishes. This makes that a development chef in most cases has a background as a professional chef.