Cook My Grub, the UK’s only marketplace for home-cooked food, is going public with its crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube. With an aim of raising £300,000 at a valuation of £3 million, the public is now invited to contribute to the success of the app and website which provides healthy and wholesome meals to busy people who are spending more and more time in front of screens and are less inclined or able to cook at home. It also allows home chefs to build their profiles, hone their cooking skills and earn money from home preparing healthy meals that are delivered to locals’ doors.

A pandemic success story, Cook My Grub has been operating in major towns in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, and has proved incredibly popular with busy families. The food delivery app, which has seen a 250% growth month on month during its launch phase, has 50 home chefs on its books, all who have registered their businesses and conducted hygiene and allergy checks. The fundraise will support the roll-out of the service to 10 new markets over the coming 12 Months, with the aim of getting 250 chefs on board. Hitting their crowdfunding target will kick off a new fundraising round to fund further nationwide expansion and market entry. 

The founders Dinesh Patil and Shabbir Mookhtiar say: “We couldn’t be more excited about expanding our food business across the country, and we welcome discussions with potential investors who might be interested in contributing to our growth and enabling us to continue in our nationwide mission – making chefs wealthier and customers healthier.”

He continued “As the only food delivery marketplace for home cooked food, we are following the framework defined by the Food Standard Authority to help systemize an unorganised industry and put an end to food exchanging hands illegally on Whatsapp, Facebook or NextDoor.”

Every chef  is trained – as a minimum – in allergy awareness and up to Hygiene Level 2, all for a small joining fee. Cook My Grub conduct their own internal hygiene audit and train all the home-chefs in creating and maintaining the food policy as well as registering them with the local council.

These stringent processes are key and are at the very heart of Cook My Grub’s ethos – ensuring that healthy and delicious home cooked food is prepared and delivered to locals in the safest and most hygienic way possible.

The company was conceived in January 2020 by two serial entrepreneur friends, Shabbir Mookhtiar and Dinesh Patil, who had seen a gap in the market for authentic and healthy home cooked food that could easily be delivered to people’s homes through a mobile app. Since September, Cook My Grub has delivered over 1700 Indian and world cuisine meals to food-lovers at home in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire with each chef being star rated to keep standards high. 

Offering food by chefs cooking from their home kitchens has not only provided delicious meals at a time when many have been confined to their homes, but helped aspiring home chefs to build a brand on the platform, in a similar way to crafters who sell on Etsy or Not On The High Street. The business has helped many chefs who have been furloughed from their day jobs earn good money, and is set to help many more in this way, if furlough is extended in the coming months.  
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