The private chef parties at home marketplace Yhangry raised a $1.5 million seed round from several U.K. ventures and angles. The funding will be used to double the size of the startup’s team, which now numbers 130 chefs on its books.
Yhangry’s chefs need to pass a cooking trial and adhere to COVID rules. Users choose the menu, the company organizes grocery delivery, and the chef arrives at home a few hours before the time of the meal. The minimum spend is £100 ($137) and that covers ingredients, travel costs, and the chef’s time and skills. Since Yhangry’s launch in December 2019, the startup served more than 7,000 Londoners.
“By making private chef experiences more accessible and affordable, our customers regularly tell us they are finally able to catch up with friends at home… 70% of our customers have never had a private chef before and for them, the freedom and flexibility to curate their own evening is priceless,” said Siddhi Mittal, one of the founders of Yhangry.
During the pandemic outbreak, the startup changed its primary business to virtual chef classes during lockdowns. As London’s unlocking is getting closer, and legal outdoor and indoor dining return, Yhangry plans to take advantage and return to its basic operations.
“When restaurants were open between our launch and March 2020, we saw demand because people want to be able to spend time with their friends in a relaxed setting, and aren’t limited to the two-hour slot you get in a restaurant. Once places start to open up again, we believe Yhangry will follow this trend of at-home dining and socializing — not to mention for people who are not ready yet to go out to a busy pub or restaurant,” said Mittal.
Investors in Yhangry are Carmen Rico (Blossom Capital), Eileen Burbidge (Passion Capital), Orson Stadler (Antler), Martin Mignot (Index Ventures), Ollie Locke, Jack Tang (Urban), Adnan Ebrahim (MindLabs), Alex Fitzgerald (Cuckoo Internet), Georgina Kirby (Vinehealth) and Deepali Nangia (Alma Angels).