Pizza Giant Papa John's Hiring 'Chief Vegan Officer' To Develop New Dishes

The chain says it wants to expand its plant-based offering with dishes that will 'blow the minds of meat-eaters and veggie-lovers alike'
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The chain wants to expand its vegan offering (Photo: Papa John's)

The chain wants to expand its vegan offering (Photo: Papa John's)

Papa John's is looking to hire a Chief Vegan Officer (CVO) to help develop vegan dishes and grow its plant-based offering in 2020.

According to the pizza giant, the paid part-time role involves being 'the pizza chain's eyes and ears of upcoming vegan trends', and reporting back to Tom Allen, Head of Research and Development at Papa John's. In addition, the CVO will trial new dishes before they are released - like the chain's upcoming Buffalo Cauliflower Wings.

The ideal candidate will possess a food technology background, a genuine passion for vegan food and trends, a Food Science degree or similar, and excellent communication skills. In addition, they will be a 'curious self-starter' and ideally, have been eating a plant-based diet for 18 months.

'Huge year for veganism'

"2019 has been a huge year for plant-based food and gone are the days where vegans and veggies are limited to a couple of disappointing side dishes," Papa John's Marketing Director, Giles Codd, said in a statement sent to Plant Based News.

"With the launch of several new vegan menu items this year, including vegan Sheese® which flew out the door as soon as it hit the menu, it's clear that there is a huge appetite for more exciting plant-based offerings. At Papa John's we want to continue to offer all our customers a wealth of choice and our newly appointed CVO will help guide these menu developments.

"We're looking for someone who's extremely passionate about food with a firm knowledge of veganism. If you think you've got what it takes, we'd love to hear from you."

Those interested in applying for the role should send their CV and cover letter to