What’s with PlateCulture? I find the idea really fresh and exciting, and I bet foodies will all agree. It’s simple: You request for a dinner on your chosen date. Chef approves your request. You confirm with a secure payment, and you visit the chef’s home and enjoy your meal together with friends and family. 🙂 In short, PlateCulture is like the “AirBnb for food.” It’s a platform offering to experience an authentic dining right at the chef’s home.
How PlateCulture Started
Founded in 2013 by a couple of Lithuanians, PlateCulture keeps expanding one country at the time. It’s currently present in 24 countries, with each one offering to choose from various chefs and cuisines. It has already proven its popularity in Southeast Asian countries like Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong.
Cofounders Reda Stare and Edvinas Bartkus are avid travelers and foodies who have strong passion discovering the world through the kitchen. The idea of starting PlateCulture has sparked during Reda’s trip in 2010 when she has spent a year traveling through Southeast Asia and India.
The PlateCulture concept has changed a lot since the start. With users increasing every day, PlateCulture has recently released a new mobile app for Android phones thus the guests and chefs are able to communicate anywhere anytime. “What started out as a tourist attraction is now a community of foodies, which attracts locals and tourists alike,” Stare says.
Be the guest or be the chef!
What’s also great about it is that anyone who is passionate about cooking can become a PlateCulture home chef. Keen? All you need to do is to set up your profile and wait for PlateCulture’s ambassadors to pay you a visit to verify your profile.
Chefs also get reviews and they are rated in terms of food, communication, cleanliness, and value for money. Chef Shamini from Kuala Lumpur shares his testimony: “It got me a step closer to my dream opening my own restaurant.” He has already hosted more than 100 dinners and cooking class events. This gives a lot of aspiring chefs a chance to share and present their cooking skills without having to invest a big sum of money right away in a business.
PlateCulture: New Social Dining Experience
Now in the Philippines, PlateCulture has attracted crowds of both travelers and locals who are keen to get together for homemade meals. For tourists, it is a great way to get to know local culture through food and meeting locals since chefs often join the dining table. For locals, it’s an excellent opportunity to taste exotic meals prepared by expats, and unlike in restaurants, there is real interaction with chefs. It’s also a great way to impress a date. 😉
Thousands of people have already enjoyed PlateCulture social dining experience, and yet everyone has been pleased with the result. They describe PlateCulture as: “Get to know foodies who love having a great company around the table to share their stories with. Over dinner you can meet art critic, singer, entrepreneur or doctor and make new friends from different cultures.”
PlateCulture is available on web, in your Android and iOS (coming soon) phone.