10 Reasons to buy or sell through All About The Cooks

10 Reasons to buy or sell through All About The Cooks

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We want authentic home-cooked food made by locals to be easy to buy wherever you are. Here are 10 reasons why you could benefit from buying or selling with All About The Cooks.
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Why should I buy food from All About The Cooks?

1. For an authentic food experience

These are diverse dishes being cooked in home-cooked kitchens using family recipes that have been passed down for generations. We are not Deliveroo – we are about real food, conscious choices and authentic eating experiences.

2. Food safety

Your food is always safe – our cooks are registered with the council and have passed all necessary food safety and hygiene tests. We expect a 4 or 5 star rating.

3. Save time

We lead busy lives and shopping and cooking can be a hassle. What if you could still provide home-cooked food without doing either? 

4. Feel good

You can feel great knowing you’re still feeding yourself and your loved ones great home-cooked food made in kitchens, not factories.

5. Connect with your community

We’re building a community of home cooks who want to bring their neighbourhoods together by sharing food. Buying food from local cooks helps build these communities, and gives you the opportunity to meet new and interesting people.

6. Be a trailblazer

We’re still relatively fresh in the Bristol food scene, so why not be a part of the story and spread the word? You could be one of the people that knew us before we were ‘cool’. 

7. It's easy and hassle free

See something that takes your fancy on our Instagram page and have it in your basket in just a few seconds – it couldn’t be easier.

8. You can trust us

We are a cashless business, and all your details are kept safe. Better yet, any food you buy through All About The Cooks is protected by our Product Liability Insurance.

9. Discover new food

If you’re a curious eater, All About The Cooks gives you the opportunity to discover cuisines that you might not otherwise have tried before.

10. Confidence in our cooks and their food

We get to know our cooks on a personal level, so you can take our word for it. You can also see reviews from other customers, so you can be assured you’re buying from a reputable home cook who makes delicious food.

Haven’t ordered with us before? Get 20% off your first order with the code: SAVE20 at checkout.

Why should I sell my food through All About The Cooks?

1. Feel empowered and enabled

People will finally be able to discover you and your food, which is fully paid for before you get the order – which means no more no shows!

2. Make money doing something you love

Start that side hustle you never thought was possible and make that home-cooking dream a reality.

3. Be your own boss

You cook what you like, charge what you like and work when you like. How’s that for flexibility?

4. Share your culture

Diversity is vital in building communities where everyone can feel they belong. By sharing your love of food, you’re also sharing part of your culture with the people around you.

5. Join the community of cooks

We want you to feel like you’re part of your own community of cooks. You’ll be added to a Facebook group where you can share tips, tricks and menu ideas with other like-minded individuals, and make friends too. 

6. We give you a platform

There’s no need for your own website (which can be tricky and costly), and you benefit from all our marketing resources. We want to give you a platform to help people find your delicious food. 

7. We're always here to help

We can give you confidence around food safety and creating a menu you’re proud of, and are always on call to help.

8. Work with food, without the pressure

You don’t need to work weekends / evenings if you don’t want to, which is unusual in the food industry. You can use the platform to develop new recipes and skills as a cook, without the pressure.

9. Have a role within your community

There’s no better feeling than putting smiles on the faces of your neighbours by sharing your food with them. Delicious meals make people happy!

10. Be part of the home-cooking revolution

We are offering an authentic and unique experience for people and you can be one of the first people to be a part of it.

Want to become a cook? Let’s chat.

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The pandemic got lots of people heading into the kitchen for the first time..and helped us discover great home-cooking talent.

It comes as no great surprise that as a nation, we’ve been cooking less and less. As life moves at a faster pace and home-cooked dinner is traded off for the convenience of a takeaway in just a few clicks, there continues to be a noticeable shift in the way we are eating at home. The important cultural practice of home-cooking is beginning to get lost amongst the noise of everyday life.  

Ordinary people have started making extraordinary food in their own homes

Then suddenly the pandemic caused a huge shift in our daily lives, and for most, our cooking practices. Not only did lockdowns see a surge in ‘stock pilling’, leaving many reliant on Jamie Olivers’ guidance to ‘keep cooking and carry on’- many of us were forced to return to very trusty home-cooking habits. Using the tins at the back of the cupboard and old pasta shapes, replacing one vegetable with another and hoping for the best… the list goes on. More than anything, the pandemic gave a huge number of people the time and freedom to turn their attention to cooking for the first time. For some, this meant returning to a previously neglected hobby, and for others it sparked a completely new passion for experimenting in the kitchen.

Our social media feeds were certainly not short of cooking inspiration and amongst the reels and recipes we saw national food trends emerge. For the first few isolating months the labour of love for the humble sourdough loaf attracted the masses, including one of our home-cooks, Anne, who was drawn to the logistical challenge of getting her sourdough bread just perfect. 

Then we went bananas for banana bread and mad for fermenting and pickling things – kimchi, kefir..even alcohol! People were making new and exciting food in their own homes, and with the help of zoom classes, Instagram lives and cook-book borrowing, new home-cooking talent was starting to emerge.

“A friend and neighbour handed me a jar of what looked like slime encouraged me to get baking with it... I've been practicing and discovering ever since"

Bristol is one such example of a city brimming with post-lockdown cooking talents waiting to share their lockdown creations with neighbours and friends. Giuseppe lives in South Bristol and was left without work during the first lockdown, so decided to turn his downtime into productive time and pursue something he had always dreamt of- selling his own home-cooked food. Lockdown gave Giuseppe the opportunity to get busy making his favourite Neapolitan style pizzas, and he started sharing them with neighbours which helped bring his community together during a difficult time.

“Giving a pizza is like giving a smile, and people needed that during the lockdown. This is besides crucial, but an important point to me, because I do think that cooking has a social role to play, bringing happiness and connecting people"

Once he was completely happy that he had perfected his pizzas, he began asking his neighbours to give him feedback and was overwhelmed with how much they loved them. Giuseppe’s pizzas were getting rave reviews, from the delicious tomato sauce to the quality of the crusts and freshness of the organic toppings. Since the launch of All About The Cooks, he has started selling his pizzas to the people of Bristol- taking his lockdown hobby and turning it into a full-time side-hustle. 

When the world started to crumble, having fun in the kitchen offered calm and control to a great number of people during a very tricky year. It may be difficult to see any silver linings from this pandemic, but we have seen many positive food-related changes, particularly in the big rise in home-cooking and confidence with cooking skills. 

Home-cooking is creatively fulfilling, empowering and brings communities together – definitely a lockdown habit that we hope sticks around for good.

If you are interested in learning more about kimchi, kefir, sourdough or any other fizzy fermented business why not visit our friends at Every Good Thing in the Cargo shipping containers in Bristol.

We’ve teamed up with them to bring you an exciting giveaway. For a chance to win their Gut Booster Bundle, pop us a line at info@allaboutthecooks.co.uk with the subject ‘Every Good Thing’ and tell us what your favourite fermented food is. Make sure to include your name and a contact number. Good Luck!

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Meet talented food photographer, Mireya.

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We spoke to award-winning photographer, Mireya Gonzalez about her passion for taking pictures and what it's been like meeting some of Bristol's incredible home-cooks.

There’s no doubt about it, there’s nothing that’s going to get your taste buds tingling like a lovely photograph of something delicious. People who buy through All About The Cooks will want to see great photos of the food they are buying. But we also recognised that the person who is creating the food is just as important – after all, it is All About The Cooks.

Choosing the right person to take pictures of our cooks and their food was really important to us at All About The Cooks. We set out to find a talented photographer who was as comfortable taking portraits of cooks at home in their own kitchens, as well as their incredible creations to ensure their pages looked wonderful on the website. We wanted someone who could teach our cooks how to take the best pictures they could themselves, and give them the confidence to experiment with their own photography in future. 

Mireya’s top 5 tips for photographing your own food delights...

 1. LIGHT

Find a nice source of diffused light that’s not too harsh.  A natural lights source works best so close to a window usually works. But make sure you don’t have direct sunlight shining on to your plate!

2. COLOUR

Play with colours, but always consider the colour of the food first. For example, if you have a plate of food with turmeric in it, play with blues and oranges, maybe green (but not all three at once!) Remember, simplicity is key.

3. FOCUS ON THE FOOD

It might sound obvious, but make the food stand out. The food is the focus here, so even if you make your plate or backdrop look great, the food is the most important part of the image.

4. TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS

Always come back to your routes. Trusting your own instinct and adding personal flair to your images makes your work truly authentic.

5. HAVE FUN

Just do it and have fun with it! Keep taking lots of photos. Ask family members what they think, compare photos and enjoy taking pictures.

It was a tough ask, but we feel confident that we found the perfect person for this in Mireya Gonzalez. Mireya’s genuine passion for food combined with our mission to make it easy for people to eat home-cooked food created the perfect match. Her gentle way puts our cooks at ease and has resulted in outstanding photography for our website and beyond.  We have even been featured, along with Mireya’s incredible photography in the Sunday Telegraph.

Not only has Mireya been getting to know our cooks well from behind her camera lens, she has also been lucky enough to try some of the food from each of the cooks she has met and photographed (we’re not jealous or anything). After her home visits, we catch up about the pictures taken and conversations had, and how much we can learn about other people’s cultures and identities from the food they cook. Mireya has shared some great tips on how we can all get involved and take that insta-worthy food snap by just using a smartphone!

To see more of Mireya's Photography head over to her Instagram @foodphoto.bristol

What was it like photographing the cooks? Any best bits?

I really enjoyed it; it was a lot more enjoyable than I ever expected it to be. I think it’s so different when you actually go to someone else’s house, just the personal experience of them opening up their home and welcoming you in is so warming. I was overwhelmed with how accommodating they all were, and so happy to share their food with me which was lovely. I’d sent them all a list of things they should prepare before I came, and I was hugely impressed with how well prepared they all were. It shows that they all taking it seriously and are a lovely bunch of trustworthy cooks.

In terms of what I liked the most, All About The Cooks itself looks great and I can already see how people are going to be able to explore their origins and love for food through the dishes they cook. As soon as each cook started talking about their food, it was clear to see how passionate they are and how much they enjoy explaining the intricacies of their dishes and the ingredients they used. I found it contagious, and I went home after each visit feeling inspired and keen to cook something different and exciting. I’m from Chile but lived in Brazil for most of my life, and love cooking from these cuisines, as well as Indian and Mediterranean. The cooks I’ve met have inspired me to take flavours and spices from these different cuisines and integrate them into my own unique recipes.

Did you find they were all confident in presenting and photographing their own food in a way that will appeal to customers?

 

It helped that I visited their homes because I could tell they felt comfortable in their own environment doing what they love doing, it automatically gives them more confidence. They obviously all had different personalities; some were extremely open from the beginning and others less so, but at the end of the day we all really enjoyed ourselves having a bit of an experiment! Some of them were very confident in plating the food and some had a really good knowledge of how to photograph it too, it was really clear when they knew what they wanted to show through the photos. Other cooks had never thought specifically about shapes, reflections, light and shadows, but were still creating lovely looking dishes. I told each cook to plate their food the way they would normally, and then I would interfere in small ways, maybe tweak a few bits, choose a different bowl for example. As they will be taking their own pictures in the future to update their own pages on the website, I wanted them to take the lead from the beginning so I could see what ideas they had in mind.

Did they pick up your advice quickly, and do you think they would be able to confidently recreate your advice in their own homes?

Absolutely! I don’t like to complicate things, especially if they have to do it by themselves. They all learnt how to take simple and basic photographs that still look impressive and show off the best parts of their favourite dishes.

Where do you get the inspiration for your food photography?

I follow a lot of people on Instagram and love engaging with other people’s ideas but ultimately. I always trust my own eye. I’ve had a lot of experience with colours and light and shadow when working as an illustrator, and that’s what got me into photography in the first place. Most importantly, I always come back to my routes when I try to create something. There’s so much great stuff on the internet, and it’s easy to find inspiration, but I think it’s often all similar. If you want to create something that’s truly authentic, you have to always look inside your routes. Look at your personal background and what it is that makes your food unique and try and highlight those things.

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