The app’s main idea is focusing on eating as a social activity and bringing people together by offering cheap but healthy meals. The app offers users 5$ meals that are home cooked with fresh ingredients.
The main inspiration was to avoid food waste. It is a well-known fact that fresh food and is thrown away by supermarkets everyday due to abundance, expiry dates or poor deliveries. Our solution is buying these wasted ingredients from the supermarkets and we ask our users to cook and serve them.
It is a 5-step process:
1st Step, we contact the supermarkets each week and understand which seasonal fruits and vegetables they have and what other ingredients can they provide this week.
2nd Step, we list the ingredients of that week and ask our users to offer a menu with dishes using these ingredients.
3rd Step, menus of our users are listed in the app and everyone who are willing to pay 5$ for a healthy home cooked meal makes a reservation on their table.
4th Step, when a table gets 5 or more reservations then it is a date! We deliver our cooking users the ingredients for free and they start cooking their menu.
5th Step, Guests arrive and enjoy 5$ healthy meals and it is an extra income for our cook. They share photos of their table and rate the cook.
So the idea is making a meal for 5 for 5 $ each!
We believe that the social aspect of our idea is what makes it worthy. Eating is a social activity and people love to gather around a good meal.
We have already contacted a manager in of one of the large supermarket chains in our country and get insight on how they handle food waste. The first comment was that the problem is not only limited to disfigured fruit or vegetables but also everything that is being sold. Every item has an expiration date on them and supermarkets cannot sell items with close expiry dates. Fresh meat and bread is thrown away everyday because they cannot sell it the next day. They have special campaigns on the evening and try to sell them with reduced prices. But still some amount of it is thrown away. After this interview we have decided to go on with our initial idea of getting the ingredients from the supermarkets.