Your wish-dish at your favorite restaurant

Bad at cooking?

Making someone’s favorite food is showing love. What if you are not that good of a cook, but you still want to serve someone’s favorite food. What to do then?

💡 Cooking service!

What if restaurants offer a service where you can let them make a dish of your choice. You can also choose your own favorite dish, but the idea here is that you let the chef make something your friend likes. Sharing some love yo!

But what about the ingredients? The restaurant might not have the stuff you want to make. Or even worse, they don’t know how to make it. But assuming they have master-fast-learning skills, they can use a recipe.

So the restaurant would need:
– Ingredients (the restaurant can buy it beforehand, or the customer brings the ingredients)
– The recipe (from the internet or from the customer)

Does a cooking service exist already?

Maybe it’s too much effort for the restaurant to make something new or it takes too long to make something off-menu.

On the internet I can find restaurants where you can cook your own food. Like Korean BBQ or making dakgalbi; DYI-restaurants. But that’s not really what I was looking for.

DYI Korean BBQ

Going on…
Oh wow, there are already websites offering a chef who will come to your house and cook! Hire A Chef.com. Awesome! Then my “MacDonalds home cook service” idea has sort of come true. On a side note, according to my friends, MacDonalds in the Netherlands will soon have home delivery service! Burger King is already offering home delivery service in Den Haag and Emmen.
Hire a chef does solve the problem of making someone’s favorite food though.. but I want to take the concept to the restaurant! Nanananana (batman transition sound)

There was a trend in 2013 with Bringing Your Own Food (BYOF) in the USA at bars where they don’t serve food. At those places you can drink and have food delivered to the place. But that’s also not really what I have in mind. So I think my idea doesn’t really exist yet. Or it has been done and failed. Who knows..

The Concept

What if there is a website for sharing this kind of service. Customers will post their wish-dish and restaurants can bid on a dish, the customer can then choose from different restaurants.

Or the other way around; the customer picks his favorite restaurant and suggest a wish-dish. The restaurant needs to say yes and schedule a date.

Steal this idea

I really wonder what restaurants will think of this idea. Is it feasible? Would they like to offer this kind of service? I am thinking of asking a few restaurants and see what they think (user research!). Also would people want this kind of service??? I also have no idea. Would you like this kind of idea?

The idea can be developed more by focusing on the surprise part. What kind of nice surprises can be added to the restaurant trip? How to make it even more special?

Dear Restaurant owners, feel free to use this idea and develop it further. I am really curious how it would work out in the real world. Have a good weekend!

A big project: Food = Love

These weekly blogs about a restaurant visit, a recipe, a drawing with a story are fun and all. But I miss brainstorming and researching about food, creating some new ground in the food world. An innovating concept, an awesome idea, so people can steal it and realize it.

Besides writing the normal small stories, I will have a project next to it to nibble on some new idea. I will describe all the steps I usually take when doing a design project, so it might be even educational. Hah!

So… What will the project be about? Hmm.. I don’t know yet, but I hope it will unfold while doing this project.

I was thinking about going deeper into the topic:

food = love

Food plays a big role in Asian cultures and sharing food is like sharing some love. For example this moment made me feel loved:

I like eating bamboo sprouts in chicken soup; that crunchy texture and smooth mouth feel. I called my parents to ask whether they still had some bamboo at home to take home. The next day when I visited them, they told me that we were eating chicken soup with bamboo! Woohoo, so happy! That’s love people: making someone’s favorite food.

Also, side note: in my family we talk a lot about eating. When we are eating breakfast, we are already discussing what to eat for dinner, tomorrow. Of course today’s dinner was already discussed yesterday. Usually it is something special, some dish which takes some time, like dumplings or pulled noodles (拉面lamian)

This project already feels very fun and personal. I think I will describe more situations of how food expresses love. I will mindmap it…

Have a good Friday!