FoodyBuddy: A virtual buddy for homely food

Here is an app that provides a platform for home-chefs and people who crave a good old home cooked meal

February 26, 2019 02:06 pm | Updated 05:30 pm IST

Are you a homemaker and a great cook and dream of selling your food? You are looking at expanding your horizons, but don’t want to get into a regular job? Or you are a working person with some great cooking skills and want to sell what you make as a hobby? If you answer to most of these questions is a ‘yes’ then FoodyBuddy may be your answer.

It is a mobile App that helps you sell your food to people in your neighbourhood. “People get to consume fresh, authentic home-cooked meals, made people from various walks of life. We have home-makers, working women and even doctors, who want to explore their cooking skills,” says Anup Gopinath, who founded FoodyBuddy with Akil Sethuraman and Rachna Rao.

He adds food that is not normally sold is what you get through FoodyBuddy. Be it an authentic Gujarati dal dokli, Rajasthani dal bati, Andhra gattu vankaya or Karnataka’s gojju-avalakki, there are people who sell all these and more, assures Anup.

He explains that the App is user friendly and is a platform that connects the buyer and seller and they work out the statistics for themselves by communicating through FoodyBuddy. “It provides them with flexibility and an easy-to-use interface to create and sell what they want and when they want. The seller decided what to sell and the pricing.”

According to him, more than 100 apartment communities in Bengaluru are using FoodyBuddy and they have home chefs who have “sold more than 250,000 meals till date and the food has reached 20,000 households till date.”

Quality Anup says is always good. “Sellers are never under pressure to sell a certain number of plates. We have people who cook for the joy of it and those who want to make some extra money. We have people, who cook for a family gathering and make a few extra plates that they sell through our App. Even when it comes to food delivery, the customer can either have the food delivered or the seller can request the customer, who invariably is from the neighbourhood, to pick it up from his/her place at a given time. The chefs can also announce their menu the previous day on the app,” explains Anup.

“It is a flexible app, and the whole process is decided by the buyers and sellers, we just provide the platform for them to connect with each other. The app, explains Akil, is self explanatory. “Once the seller registers himself/herself, the app takes them through step by step. Even then if they are not sure, then they have people that the sellers can connect to who will orient them on how they can use FoodyBuddy.”

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