Chef/cater­ing Ser­vices

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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.

On­line Cater­ing

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.

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