What’s in Season? Our Upcoming Seasonal Food Calendar

What’s in Season? Our Upcoming Seasonal Food Calendar

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What could be better than fruit and veg at its prime? There is something very satisfying about tucking into seasonal and locally grown produce…

With British Food Fortnight 2021 around the corner, we thought it would be a nice idea to highlight the diverse and delicious seasonal produce that is right on our doorstep.

Running from the 18th September to the 3rd October 2021, this national Autumn event takes place during the traditional time of harvest and encourages communities and businesses to celebrate what Britain has to offer through a variety of acitivites, such as cookery lessons in schools and exclusive themed menus in restaurants and pubs.

Why is it important to Buy British Seasonal Produce?

More Ethical and Better for the Planet

Not only is our food in the UK produced to the highest animal and environmental welfare standards in the world, but it also lowers our carbon emissions by nearly a tonne a year (to put this into perspective it equals a return flight from London to Boston!). One of the most salient benefits of eating seasonally is that we are supporting a sustainable British food economy. The accessibility of our supermarkets rarely encourages us to consider the environmental cost of food travel from one side of the globe to our market shelves. 

“I use ingredients from local suppliers and where possible use organic, free range, ethically produced ingredients.” Tomer

Tastes Better

It’s no secret that fresh produce tastes better. If you have ever sampled a summer salad of locally sourced tomatoes, you will notice they taste much sweeter and juicier than those mass-produced we insist on buying from the supermarkets all year round.  Of course, it’s not just tomatoes – the same goes for British vegetables, meat and poultry which will be bursting with flavour in their prime!

Better Value

More abundant crops and locally sourced keeps the price tag down. For example, have you noticed the lower prices and deals for berries throughout the summer months?

“Celebrating local produce is key for us, and we want to bring you the flavours of home while celebrating Bristol grown produce. We plan to bring you chilli sauces with chillies grown in our green house, fresh green seasoning from homegrown herbs and more” Liam and Shalimar

 Better For You

By sticking to your seasonal calendar, you’ll be infusing your diet with foods that are more nutrient dense and designed to support our health. Blackberries abundant in late summer and autumn are a source of vitamin C and folate to help boost our immune systems in preparation for the winter months. When fruit and veg are grown out of season, their natural ripening patterns are disturbed. Unfortunately, pesticides and preservatives are necessary to supply the demand of our modern food systems. By avoiding out-of-season produce, we can minimise our intake of these nasty chemicals. So…If we let nature do its thing, it can provide us with what our bodies need.

Supports Local Businesses

Buying British strengthens the domestic economy for local farmers and supports local businesses. Bristol boasts an impressive selection of independent food shops such as Five Acre Farm, Good Sixty, Ruby and White and Better Food.  Feel better about your purchases. WE like food with a story.

"I buy the rabbit for my Coniglio all cacciatora from Ruby & White, who source it from the Belmont Estate in Wraxall” Maria

So, What’s in Season?

As the nights start drawing in and the leaves turn from green to orange, this time of year is arguably the most abundant period in the seasonal calendar. The transition from summer to autumn calls for a fabulous blend of late summer salads, laden with tomatoes, cucumbers, and beetroot, followed by popular hearty stews filled with leeks and root veg. 

Some of Our Top Seasonal Picks and Dishes

Whilst this period is most famous for trees laden with apples, Halloween inspired pumpkin pie and humble root vegetables. There are many other seasonal foods that might take you by surprise…

 

FENNEL

Fennel has never been your everyday ingredient (apart from maybe in seed form). Its distinct liquorice- like flavour, often equates it to marmite: you either love it or you hate it?It is in fact incredibly versatile! You can eat it raw in a salad, roast with fresh herbs and garlic or add it to soups and stews.

 

Try Sabrina’s Zesty Fennel and Mint Salad. Available on Saturdays.  Or try David’s Spanish inspired Pickled Fennel Salad. Available Wednesday- Saturday.

 

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LEEKS

An important member of the garlic and onion family but have their own unique flavour. Leeks are harsh when raw, but boast a lovely, sweet flavour when cooked. They work perfectly in tarts, soups, risottos and as a side dish.

 

Why not try a slice of the delicious Leek and Mushroom Quiche made by our cook Catherine. Available on Saturday’s. Or Priscilla’s meat loving Bacon, Leeks and Tenderstem Broccoli Quiche.

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RASPBERRIES

 These sweet and vibrant red fruits are best in late summer. Considered by many as the finest of all the berries, they are the perfect ingredient in classic English puddings and desserts. Fun fact: raspberries should not be washed before eating as this can dilute their flavour.

 

Try Ximena’s mouthwatering Milhoja’s Cake (thousand layers) made with fresh raspberries. Made to order.

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FIGS

Commonly associated with Mediterranean climates, a perfectly ripened fig is a thing of beauty. They are technically inverted flowers, that if left alone would bloom from the inside out! In the U.K. if you are lucky enough to home a fig tree, tiny fruits will begin to swell over the summer months and are usually ripe and ready to pick in late summer to early autumn.  They are delicious served in salads or turned into homemade jams and chutneys.

 

Have a taste of Nikos’ Sweet Potato Salad with Goat’s Cheese, Figs, Chilli  and Pomegranate. Available to order.

 

 

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Vegetables to buy over the coming months:

 Butternut Squash, cauliflower, Beetroot, Cabbage, Celeriac, Chard, mushrooms, Kale, tomatoes, Rocket, Kohl Rabi, celery, carrots, parsnips, broccoli, peppers, sweetcorn, and aubergine.

 

Fruit to buy over the coming months:

Apples, pears, quince, plums, and blackberries.

 

To explore more of what our cooks have to offer, head on over to the ‘discover cooks and food’ section of our website.

 

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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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We’ve all gone bananas for banana bread: how lockdown reunited us with home-cooking

We’ve all gone bananas for banana bread: how lockdown reunited us with home-cooking

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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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Feed your Ambition: The Era of the Side Hustle

Feed your Ambition: The Era of the Side Hustle

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A side hustle is any additional work on top of your usual 9 to 5. Always wanted to dip your toes into a passion project? Then a side hustle is for you.

Life is too short not to be doing the things you love, but imagine if your passions could help pay the bills too. Your day job may be just cutting it, but everyone knows a little extra in the bank can go a long way.

It comes as no shock that 70% of young Brits are embracing the world of the side hustle; pursuing a second job from your own home may be the game-changer you need that not only makes your pocket happy but also gives you the financial freedom you’ve always wanted.

But what exactly is side hustle?

The best part of pursuing a side hustle is that is can be entirely moulded around your lifestyle. Imagine doing something you love, where you choose your own hours, and you get paid – bonus! It gives you the flexibility of being your own boss, with all the perks, without the commitment of making it your full-time gig.

Pre-pandemic, the side hustle community was rocketing, having grown 32% in the past decade. Covid-19 dramatically shook up the British economy, with almost 10 million people on a furlough scheme by December 2020, and UK unemployment predicted to reach 2.6 million by the middle of 2021, leaving even more people turning to see what they can do from home to pass the time and make a bit of extra cash. It’s no surprise that Google Trends data shows that searches for the terms ‘productivity’ and ‘time-management hit a five-year high in 2020, with the number of searches for ‘how to make more money growing year-on-year.

Whether you’re saving up for a house, wanting to explore your creative side or acquire a new skill, the benefits of taking on a side hustle are immense.

Airbnb is the perfect example of a thriving platform, paving the way for businesses in the sharing economy. The idea of offering a room in your home to a stranger is not one we ever thought would make a dent in the holiday rental market, but their glaring success proved otherwise, providing thousands of homeowners with a sweet monthly bonus. Imagine if selling your favourite home-cooked dishes to your local community could do the same. After all, sharing is caring.

"All About The Cooks has found the solution to starting your own side hustle"

All About The Cooks has found the solution to starting your own side hustle, while also being a part of the home-cooking revolution, even for those who are unsure where to begin. Maybe you are not sure how to locate a customer base, advertise your food or ensure your kitchen is food hygiene safe.

Connecting talented home-cooks to busy customers, our easy-to-use online platform takes away all the stress in between, providing delicious, authentic meals to people all over Bristol.

Food is about bringing people together, which has become particularly important in the past year. So, whether you are a trained chef wanting to try out your own menu, or the holder of a secret family recipe you cannot wait to share, we are here to help. Have your meals paid for in advance, connect with new people all over the city and share your love for cooking, all while putting a smile on people’s faces, as many of our current cooks can testify.

Nikos, City Centre

Nikos is one of our city-centre cooks, specialising in Greek, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean delights. He works his passion for cooking around his day job as a duty manager in a hotel.

When asked what he thought the biggest benefits were from pursuing a side gig from the comfort of his own kitchen, he said ‘I get to do what I really love in my own free time, make a bit of money on the side and make other people happy with my food – I think that’s a triple win scenario!’.

His advice for anyone wanting to start their own side hustle is to ‘organise your free time correctly, start small and make sure you know your customers’. Most importantly, he says, ‘you have to enjoy yourself when cooking’. He admits that it can sometimes be a challenge, ‘but a happy customer is definitely a good pay off!’.

Nikos recommends his Spinach and Feta pie – ‘the epitome of perfection in simplicity!’. Check out Nikos’ page and his other mouth-watering dishes here.

Mrunal, Patchway

Mrunal, based in Patchway, is another one of our cooks who dedicates her Fridays and Saturdays to sharing her take on Indian street food with the local community. She balances this with her primary job as an aerospace engineer during the week.

She found the biggest gain from pursuing her own side hustle through All About The Cooks was ‘meeting lots of like-minded people’. Also, she says, ’you get instant gratification, and the expressions on people’s faces are very rewarding’.

Her advice for prospective side hustlers is to ‘keep your food as authentic as possible’, and ‘do your research!’. She is thankful for our platform, saying ‘it’s good for cooks wanting to start their own business’.

Check out Mrunal’s ‘vibrant and yummy’ Mumbai-inspired dishes here.

If, like Nikos and Mrunal, you think you fancy yourself a little kitchen side hustle, start by reading more about how it all works today!

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We eat with our eyes…

We eat with our eyes…

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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Real food by real people. The story so far

Real food by real people. The story so far

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All About The Cooks Founder, Claire Ladkin, reveals how a jar of homemade lemon curd started her on a mission to revolutionise the way we eat at home.

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When Claire Ladkin purchased a jar of home-made lemon curd from the Square Food Foundation in 2018, she had no idea that it would spark an idea for a social impact initiative and exciting new e-commerce venture.

Two years on from that pinnacle purchase, and during a global pandemic, Claire has successfully launched All About the Cooks in Bristol, an online marketplace and brand-new concept, enabling the city’s clever home-cooks to sell their food online.

Now firmly on a mission to make it easy for people to eat real food made by local people, here’s the story so far from the inspiring founder, a woman driven to create greater connections within the communities we live in.

The idea

Well, it all started in 2018, with a friend of mine saying “wouldn’t it be great if you could have takeaway food from home-cooks”. But the idea of cooks waiting around in their kitchens for orders to come through didn’t quite seem to work, but it did resonate with me. I had always wanted to make it easier for people to eat real food rather than products mass-produced in factories.

Several months later, I went to Square Food Foundation for a meeting and bought a jar of home-made lemon curd. Every time I used it, it felt special. It tasted delicious and I had a ‘what if’ moment. What if it was easier to buy delicious homemade food online? And, what if I could do something to make it easier for people to discover food made by talented people living nearby? Then I started to think about how I would find these extraordinary people in Bristol.

My six-year involvement in the food sector in Bristol helped in getting conversations started with potential cooks. I knew from the outset that the business needed to heavily invest in the cooks joining the platform. And it wasn’t long before the word had spread in the cook community throughout the city and enquiries from those wanting to share the food they love to make, came rolling in.

“I had always wanted to make it easier for people to eat real food rather than products mass-produced in factories”

Empowering people and giving choices

Although the technology behind the idea is complex and high-functioning, and although I’m not a techy person, I believe that this is a business that needs to be founded by a middle-aged woman. It’s a business about food and people. Technology is just the thing that makes it happen; but it can’t happen without it.

At All About The Cooks, we recognise that people love to cook, yet we are also aware that there are a lot of barriers. It requires commitment, a website, and people become nervous about hygiene controls. When I was at home with my children when they were younger, I would have loved to have worked from home creating my own food, but it was inaccessible.

“I believe that this is a business that needs to be founded by a middle-aged woman. It’s a business about food and people”

We want to give people the moral support to do their own thing. All About The Cooks is about empowering people. And, even if someone ends up being a huge success on the platform and ends up moving on to set up something on their own, I would think that was massive success for us – it would be brilliant to see that happen.

So, this platform is for those people who have a talent and want to use that to share their food and earn money.

The launch

In October, we officially opened for business. Within just 48 hours of the launch, I had messages from 16 more cooks eager to find out more and potentially join us. In the past few weeks, 84 orders have been fulfilled, 349 products have been bought and nearly £3,000 has gone into our cooks’ pockets, plus we have dozens more cooks hoping to join the platform.

The moment that made we cry was getting the first revenue. Somebody bought something through the platform, and it all worked. That day, our part of it was very small but the cook made over £100 and I found that really satisfying. I remember thinking to myself, this is what it’s really all about.

I also know we have people, mostly women, selling and sharing food through the platform, who wouldn’t be doing it otherwise. I feel a great sense of pride in knowing that we are enabling people to make money from something they are good at. To see the social impact that I had envisaged happening by looking at money going out to pay cooks is really rewarding.

“The moment that made me cry was getting the first revenue… That day, our part was very small but the cook made £100 and I found that really satisfying. I remember thinking to myself, this is what it’s really all about”

The future

Bristol is the perfect place to launch this new initiative because, when it comes to food, where Bristol goes, others follow. It is an ambitious project, and I am an ambitious woman. The vision is simple; to revolutionise the way we eat at home. And the future is exciting. I want authentic home-cooked food, made by locals, to be easy to buy wherever you are.

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All About The Cooks launches in Bristol

All About The Cooks launches in Bristol

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After months of scouring Bristol, we've uncovered some of the city's talented home-cooks. Find out who's cooking in your neighbourhood and try something new today!

At All About The Cooks we’re on a mission to make it easy for people to eat real food made by local people. On the 15th October 2020, our website launched, and we are delighted to be able to offer those living in Bristol the chance to find talented people cooking wonderful food throughout the city.

Since the launch, fifty orders have been fulfilled and over £2,000 has gone into cooks’ pockets, plus we have a further 30 cooks hoping to join the platform.

Although, we are currently living in uncharted territory, and life this year has been incredibly difficult, at All About The Cooks, we know that we can still bring joy to one of the great pleasures in life. Eating great food.

Plus, for talented home cooks, keen to share their story and passion through food, All About The Cooks offers a way for people to make money (with some recent sign ups from those who have lost jobs in the hospitality industry) – whilst also providing important assurances to the customers who will place orders.

We strongly believe that All About The Cooks has the ability to create greater connections within the communities where we live and we feel there’s a real appetite for that right now.

We have welcomed some extraordinary cooks to the platform this year and already have an eclectic mix of cuisines from cultures around the world.

Whether you want to try something new, would like meals prepared for a busy week ahead or simply wish to send food as a gift to friends and loved ones, All About The Cooks brings a new option to the table. The coming months will certainly see the concept being tried and tested in a city famed for its love of food.

Interested to find out more. Read about how it works here

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