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.

For more information, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter. 🙂


Health and technology freak. Food and lifestyle blogger with a large appetite for food and travel.

16 Responses

  1. Cynthia @craftoflaughter

    This looks like a completely amazing experience for everyone, but especially foodies! I would love to travel and take advantage of some of these classes and dining possibilities. You’re right, a perfect way to discover the food of the culture

  2. Melissa

    PlateCulture is such a great and creative way to enjoy food. Not only do you get to eat amazing new foods but you can also meet new people. I can see why this has been so successful.

  3. tammileetips

    I have never heard of PlateCulture before. This sounds like a great way to try out new food cuisines. We have become huge foodies with traveling and love to try and sample everything that we can.

  4. Jenn

    What a great idea! This is totally my idea of a dinner party. Sadly, I don’t host too many and with my kitchen and dining room one in the same, it would take away from the experience!

  5. rika

    That looks amazing! I love trying local foods, learn how to cook them and traveling just for foods! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Mykidsguide

    I haven’t heard of PlateCulture until today. I think this is great news for foodies like me. I love to cook as well, so I think I will enjoy the app. I will download this.

    • Reda from PlateCulture

      Thanks MYKIDSGUIDE, join us on web plateculture.com or download Android app. iOS is coming soon! You can register at PlateCulture and we will let you know asap as it is out 🙂 And don’t be shy to try out yourself as a chef too! Cheers 🙂

  7. Giedrius

    I believe this is going to be the next big thing in food and travel industry. Great idea, big variety of chefs. Can’t wait to try it out!

  8. Melissa

    My family and I consider ourselves foodies for sure. This sounds like a fun experience, I have never heard of it before. Thanks for sharing this, I am definitely going to check this out.

  9. Deshawn Keiner

    This is a fantastic idea. I never knew this even existed. This is a good way for a chef to make extra cash as well as advertise his or her cooking skills. I absolutely love this!

  10. Tami Qualls

    This is an excellent idea. The only downside is that it’s in the chef’s home. That’s not always safe because of weirdos. I would love to order a home cooked meal and invited my friends to share it with me.

    • Reda from PlateCulture

      Hey TAMI QUALLS, we send our ambassador first so that we get to know the chef ourselves. Look for “Verified by PlateCulture” signs. You can also read the reviews from previous guests so that you know the chef and what to expect.


  11. Ardiana

    i really excited to know more about this programs…n I wish I can joint for this..


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