A Korean Tasting Menu With Verve and Polish, at Jua

Hoyoung Kim joins a number of Manhattan chefs serving a modern, worldly vision of the cuisine.

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Alice Waters Helps a Museum Cater to the Tastes of Art Lovers

A new restaurant at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles is the latest effort to try to reach visitors’ hearts through their stomachs.

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A Tale of Culinary Reconciliation, Beside the Eiffel Tower

Two decades ago, Spain was the new France, leading gastronomic innovation. Now two iconic chefs have joined forces in Paris.

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CookUnity whips up nationwide expansion following $47M round

Chef-prepared, small-batch meal delivery startup CookUnity is undergoing a major expansion after closing a $47 million Series B round.

Insight Partners led the round and was joined by Endeavor Capital and current investors IDCV, Fuel Ventures and Gaingels. The latest funding comes eight months after New York-based CookUnity closed a $15.5 million Series A round led by Fuel Venture Capital. The company has now raised a total of $70 million since its inception in 2018.

Mateo Marietti, founder and CEO of CookUnity, had the idea for the subscription-based company five years ago. Marietti, who is from Argentina, was working in food tech and saw that modern delivery services were only able to offer limited food options and pricing, and was a trade-off between convenience and variety.

He went looking for a similar experience to apps like Spotify, where the music selection was limitless, and created CookUnity to connect creators of food with the people who would be eating it.

CookUnity combines the ready-to-eat meal category with a chef-focused business model that provides restaurant-quality meals at home. The rotating menu features hundreds of dishes, starting at $10.49 per meal, with an option of a subscription plan for four, six, eight, 12 or 16 meals per week. Meals heat up in minutes and also include both fast-cooking instructions, like in a microwave, or how the chef might prepare it at home, like with an additional squeeze of lemon or other toppings.

CookUnity founder Mateo Marietti. Image Credits: CookUnity

Chefs are also given tools and resources to create a digital-first business, and Marietti told TechCrunch that top-selling chefs bring in upwards of $1 million a year.

“We are building the infrastructure, working with farmers, providing the ingredients and the tech layer for both the consumer app and the chef app,” he added. “We don’t employ any talent or cook the food, but we give chefs the tools to start recruiting cooks, gather information on new recipes, organize their team and expand into new markets while also seeing their sales for the day or week.”

The company’s platform is already working with notable chefs like Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Marc Forgione and Esther Choi, and the Series B funding will enable it to add more chefs, including local rising stars and established restaurateurs, enabling them to sell beyond the typical on-demand food delivery zone, Marietti said.

Starting with the flagship kitchen in Brooklyn, CookUnity initially expanded to San Francisco, Dallas-Fort Worth, Boston and Washington, D.C. Following the Series A, the company opened kitchens in Los Angeles, Austin and Chicago. The new funding will now enable the company to accelerate its nationwide expansion with new kitchens in Atlanta and Miami by the end of the year. When all of the new kitchens are online, Marietti estimates that CookUnity will be able to serve 88% of the U.S. population.

In the last 12 months, CookUnity saw over 550% growth and to date has over 50 chefs on its roster, with plans to increase to 150 across all of its kitchens by mid-2022.

As part of the investment, Rebecca Liu-Doyle, principal at Insight Partners, is joining the CookUnity board of directors. Insight’s model is to track companies for a long time before investing; in CookUnity’s case, Liu-Doyle was watching them for more than two years. She said the timing was right for Insight to invest.

In addition to product-market fit, strong chef retention and liking the company’s focus on the food market, which is a “massive total addressable market,” she said, CookUnity was on its way to building a big business with subscription-based revenue as it took on the complexities of the back-end business for chefs.

The value proposition is unique for both of the stakeholders — on the chef side there is a creator economy tailwind, which is taking the friction out of scaling a business while also enabling chefs to build a business with a larger footprint than they just selling food around their restaurants. On the consumer side, Liu-Doyle said CookUnity is providing affordable and convenient food without having to compromise on taste and quality.

“Very few companies can offer that: it is democratization on both fronts,” she added. “In order to execute on the vision, you need a specific team, which Mateo has, and show incremental improvement to the experience. It doesn’t just happen overnight. You have to be patient and deliberate in the way you improve the experience.”

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Fall Restaurant Preview: A Reboot for New York

Restaurants whose plans were put on hold by the pandemic finally emerge, while global powerhouses gain footholds in Manhattan.

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The Sisters Behind Veracruz All Natural’s Breakfast Tacos in Austin

From a single food truck to its coming expansion to Los Angeles, Veracruz All Natural has won a huge following. Yet its owners are still striving to attract more Hispanic diners.

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BBF, From the Celebrated Chef of Kyo Ya, Opens

Changes for Blue Hill in Greenwich Village and By Chloe, a Greek restaurant goes global, and more dining news.

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Batali & Bastianich to Pay $600,000 Settlement in Sexual Harassment Case

An investigation by the New York State attorney general describes a culture of widespread sexual harassment and retaliation at the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group.

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Funny or Racist? A Food Bit on James Corden’s Late Show Draws Ire.

For years, the late-night TV host has dared celebrities to eat choice foods, but an online petition is calling for it to end.

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Mark Peel, Who Helped Forge a New Culinary Path, Dies at 66

A pillar of California’s pioneering food scene, he worked at Spago and was a founder of the renowned Campanile and La Brea Bakery.

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The PBS Chef Martin Yan Teaches Chinese Cooking to a New Audience

The man who used television to help many North Americans start cooking Chinese food at home is as cheery as ever, but aware of some harsher truths.

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Upended by the Pandemic, Haute Chefs Move Into Hotels

Hotels not necessarily known for fine dining are drawing award-winning chefs seeking opportunities for reinvention.

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Island Residents Protest at the Willows Inn After Workplace Allegations

About 50 people carried signs and shouted ‘shame’ at diners Friday, after a New York Times article chronicled harassment and discrimination claims from former employees.

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The Benefits of Ordering Dinner From Instagram

As restaurants struggled last year, many chefs survived by selling food directly to customers, an age-old practice that is now shaping the future of hospitality.

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She Built a Baltimore Restaurant Empire, but She Still Works the Stove

Cindy Wolf is a rarity — a seasoned chef focused on her flagship and a style of white-linen dining that’s been endangered by the pandemic.

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The Profound Significance of ‘High on the Hog’

A new limited series on Netflix is a nuanced celebration of African Americans and their food. It is also sorely overdue.

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A Good Choice for Diners Who Don’t Need Choices

At Fradei in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, the menu doesn’t appear until it’s no longer being served.

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Rosemary’s Takes Its Italian Specialties to Stuyvesant Town

Bâtard reopens; an all-star roster comes to a Williamsburg, Brooklyn, apartment tower; and more restaurant news.

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Canlis Hires Its First Female Executive Chef

Aisha Ibrahim will lead the kitchen of the celebrated 70-year-old restaurant in Seattle.

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Eleven Madison Park Goes Meatless

The restaurant will no longer serve meat or seafood when it reopens, Daniel Humm, the chef, said. “The current food system is simply not sustainable, in so many ways,” he said.

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Veranda, From George Mendes of Aldea, Opens in SoHo

Reservations open for Daniel Boulud’s Le Pavillon, Manresa at Intersect by Lexus, and more restaurant news.

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At Blaine Wetzel’s Willows Inn, Employees Report Years of Workplace Abuse

Globe-trotting diners flock to the Willows Inn’s serene Northwest setting. But former employees say faked ingredients, sexual harassment and an abusive kitchen are the real story.

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Restaurants Fought for Covid Survival, With Some Tech Helpers

Being “online” in the pandemic, many chefs learned, meant much more than having an Instagram account.

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As Diners Return, Restaurants Face a New Hurdle: Finding Workers

Owners across the country report a shortage in help, as rebounding business forces them to compete for a shrunken pool of applicants.

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A Crawfish Feast Where the South Meets Southeast Asia

Spring is turning into a comeback season at Crawfish & Noodles, a Houston restaurant famed for the Viet-Cajun style that has spread around the country.

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Sona, an Indian Restaurant With Ties to a Star, Opens

Mediterranean in the former Freek’s Mill space, a taproom and brewery from Talea Beer Co., and more restaurant news.

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How Small Restaurants Leveraged Their Pain to Win Stimulus Money

The Independent Restaurant Coalition turned tears into cheers, urging owners to share their angst and use that emotion to lobby Congress.

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Why Would Anyone Open a Restaurant in a Pandemic?

Those that did may be better off, their owners say, because they could meet the moment’s restrictions and cravings from the very start.

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Gregory Gourdet Works to Build a Better Restaurant in Portland

Gregory Gourdet has revamped his plans for a Haitian kitchen, after being caught up in a citywide furor over the treatment of restaurant workers.

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Pete Wells’s Odyssey as Restaurant Critic During Pandemic

To capture New York’s food scene in these times, I’ve adapted to many roles. But the essence of my job remains the same: hunting for a good meal.

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Stuck at Home, Pastry Chefs Find Freedom. New Yorkers Find Cookies.

At dozens of microbakeries in apartment kitchens, laid-off chefs are flexing their creativity to meet the city’s demand for cheer and calories.

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At Dhamaka, Indian Village Food Comes to the City

Chintan Pandya follows up his hit Queens restaurant, Adda, with a celebration of rustic Indian cuisine on the Lower East Side.

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Vegan Restaurant ONA Gets Michelin Star in France, a First

“We want to show you can eat differently,” said Claire Vallée, whose restaurant won the star. A growing number of chefs are eschewing France’s traditional, meat-focused cuisine.

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How High-End Restaurants Have Failed Black Female Chefs

Training and advancement as a chef can be hard to find in American fine-dining restaurants, according to Black women who have tried.

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Albert Roux, Chef Who Brought French Cuisine to London, Dies at 85

Mr. Roux and his brother, Michel, opened Le Gavroche in the late 1960s, raising the level of fine dining in the city and offering a training ground for some of the restaurant industry’s future stars.

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We’ve Heard From Screaming Chefs, but What About Their Workers?

A former Momofuku employee’s account of a rage-fueled workplace is an all-too-familiar story. But it raises questions about how we treat restaurant staffs in the Covid era.

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The Year of Not Eating Out

When dining is your community, losing restaurants is about more than food.

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A Deeper, Darker Look at James Beard, Food Oracle and Gay Man

A new biography traces the influence he wielded as a writer and the pain he endured for his sexuality in an unwelcoming world.

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Pandemic Closures Devastate Restaurant Industry’s Middle Class

A sous-chef’s search for job security shows how cooks, managers and servers at upscale dining establishments have been hit hard by the pandemic.

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Reserve a Cookie Box From Some Culinary Darlings

Nina Compton, Alice Waters and Enrique Olvera are among the chefs contributing to the Resy Cookie Box.

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From ‘Street Kid’ in India to Top Toronto Chef

After a rugged childhood, Sash Simpson realized his dream last year when he opened a high-end restaurant. Within months, the pandemic struck.

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How the Pandemic Inspired a Kitchen-Share Scene Among Out-of-Work Chefs

“It’s this very cool win, win, win,” said one restaurant owner.

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Silver Apricot Applies a Chinese Lens to Farm-to-Table Cooking

The chef Simone Tong weaves the flavors of her upbringing into modern interpretations of American classics.

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A Man (and Meals) Worth Losing Sleep Over

The cook would arrive after midnight and whip up a Michelin-worthy spread. Which was great, until I could no longer keep my eyes open at work.

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This French Onion Tart Is a Straight-Up Classic

The legendary chef André Soltner made it for decades at his Manhattan restaurant Lutèce — and it’s still perfect.

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Capturing the Heat and Crunch of Indonesian Cooking

In “Coconut & Sambal,” the chef Lara Lee leads a culinary expedition through one of the most populous countries in the world.

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For Best Results, Eat This Roti Immediately

In Los Angeles, the chef Rashida Holmes grows her small food business to meet the demand for comforting West Indian food.

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The Fed-Up Chef

Gaggan Anand turned his Indian restaurant in Bangkok into a pilgrimage site for globe-hopping foodies. So why, even before the pandemic hit, was he willing to give it up?

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How to Build a Better Dinner

To be a faster, more creative cook, take a cue from restaurant chefs, J. Kenji López-Alt suggests, and rely on culinary building blocks.

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Paris Chef Commits Suicide After Assault Allegations, Family Says

Taku Sekine, 39, famous for his restaurants, Dersou and Cheval d’or, had faced recent accusations of sexual violence.

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