June 24, 2009
You may want to check out BookofCooks.com. This new online marketplace is featured in the most recent Springwise newsletter and it sounds like an interesting option not only for consumers who don’t have the time and energy to cook for themselves, but also for amateur and professional chefs looking to make some extra cash.
Consumers can visit the site to find people in their area who cook for them and chefs can use it to set up an online restaurant or bakery. Because it’s new, there aren’t a lot of chefs registered so you might have to wait a little while before you can find someone in your market but it’s an interesting alternative to some of the existing take-and-bake options already in the marketplace.
The site includes ratings and reviews to help ensure some form of quality control but it obvioulsy could have some drawbacks in terms of knowing what kind of meal you may be getting. If you’re skeptical, many of the chefs will come to your home to cook for you so that might be a good way to give the service a test run. Of course, there also are pickup and delivery options.
It will be interesting to see if this service takes off but I think there definitely is a certain set of the population that could find a pseudo “personal chef” kind of appealing.