Cook My Grub launches £1.5m funding round

Cook my grub founders Dinesh Patil and Shabbir Mookhtiar
Cook my grub
Following a successful initial funding round and growth in 2021, Maidenhead-based food delivery marketplace, Cook My Grub, is launching a further funding round. Having exceeded its initial fundraising target by 150 per cent in just four weeks 12 months ago, the business is seeking to raise £1.5 million through a combination of VC, high net worth individuals, private and angel investors.
 
After initial funds were used to invest in technology and build the sales, marketing and operations teams, Cook My Grub saw customer growth of more than 250 per cent last year. In 2022, the home-cooked marketplace that offers authentic, healthy cuisines that cannot be found on the high street, is aiming for a 10-fold increase in customers.
 
Funds from the next raise will be used to build Cook My Grub’s presence across the whole of the UK, through operational upgrades, investment in technology and increased marketing ad-spend. By the end of 2022, the founders aim to be offering their unique food delivery marketplace to thousands more  consumers nationwide, offering a fertile investment opportunity.
 
The platform has provided a new source of income for chefs who have been hit hard over the last two years. With the aim of reaching a £3m gross merchandise value before the end of 2022, the next phase of growth will also see some of the best home chefs from across the country aggregated onto the platform, providing them with expert training, more opportunities to earn, and new career prospects. 
 
Founders Dinesh Patil and Shabbir Mookhtiar, said: “Cook My Grub has seen incredible growth since its launch during the pandemic. It’s our mission to expand the platform to a nationwide operation, helping to build healthier, happier and wealthier communities across the UK. We expect to welcome an extra 200 chefs onto our platform next year – we are putting our efforts into helping up-and-coming, as well as established chefs, get back into the world of work, building their reputations and helping them make a living out of their passion for cooking.
 
“Investors have already shown huge confidence in our model as we seek to revolutionise the sector. We’re really looking forward to seeing how quickly we reach our target for this funding round.
Cook My Grub’s pioneering platform allows home chefs to develop personal profiles before preparing healthy meals that are delivered to their locals’ doors. The company says it is an industry-first and is consolidating the home-cooked food market by providing a simple and user-friendly structure to an otherwise disorganised sector.
 
As part of Cook My Grub’s Hygiene Promise, every new chef that joins the platform is trained in allergy awareness and Hygiene Level 2, and supported with all local council registrations, providing new learning and development opportunities for local cooks.