On-demand Chef Hire
On-demand chef hire startups, also known as the ‘Uber or Airbnb for Chefs’ are revolutionizing the act of dining out by providing consumers with a new option - bringing the restaurant to their home through the hire of private chefs. By connecting chefs with food lovers online, these startups aim to make fine dining more accessible for the masses.
Although still a relatively new sector, the region is already home to two on-demand chef hire startups Chefxchange and Bibayti. While both startups allow consumers to search for, discover, and book private chefs to cook at their homes, Chefxchange’s services also include private cooking classes and catering. In additon, Chefxchange currently covers 5 MENA markets, with Dubai being the largest, and has raised $2.5M in funding to date.
While still a relatively new model to the food tech space, both worldwide and regionally, online catering startups, which allow users to discover and book catering online, are growing in number and popularity. Similar to on-demand chef startups, online catering startups also aim to ‘ bring the restaurant to the home’ yet at a larger scale.
Kuwait-based online catering startup Bilbayt is currently the first and only startup of its kind in the region. Launched in 2015, Bilbayt allows users to order catering from the caterer or restaurant of their choice, based on when and where they want their food delivered. Since launching, the startup has expanded to the UAE, and currently has over 10,000 monthly users and more than 100 restaurants and caterers on board.