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Always wanted to be on Chopped? Ditch the recipes and find out how much fun there is to be had improvising in a pro kitchen.
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Could your cuisine reign supreme?

Fyood Kitchen is a cooking competition that challenges teams to transform mystery ingredients into creative dishes without recipes.

We're in a golden age of food, but for many, cooking is primarily a series of chores: meal planning, grocery shopping, and doing the dishes. Some of us lack confidence in our culinary abilities and some just don’t have the energy. There’s this awesome, creative cooking movement going on, but many people feel they can’t personally participate in it.

Here’s your chance! Please back this Kickstarter campaign to bring Fyood Kitchen to life and let us inspire you to play with your food.

Don't cook like this in your average kitchen session? Neither do the Fyoodies who made these!
Don't cook like this in your average kitchen session? Neither do the Fyoodies who made these!

Where We Cook

Fyood Kitchen is a member of Fork Food Lab, a kitchen incubator and a previous Kickstarter-funded project. The Lab provides a sparkling professional kitchen with a large range, beautiful workstations, and many of the necessary tools for Fyood players to cook whatever they can imagine. 

However, commercial bakers at Fork use 40-quart mixers and bake for hundreds. We need something a little more appropriately-sized. This Kickstarter is aimed at filling in those gaps.

Just think of what you could cook on a stainless steel table this shiny...
Just think of what you could cook on a stainless steel table this shiny...

Why We're Kickstarting Fyood

This project will enable Fyood to invest in the equipment we need to take our cooking competition events to the next level. Our list of must-have gear is as follows:  

  • Stand mixers  
  • Food processors
  • Ice cream machine  
  • Deep fryer  
  • Spice containers and uniform bulk bins to make it easy for cooks to quickly find what they need in the pantry
  • Culinary torch  
  • Assortment of plate shapes and sizes for cooks to use in presentation
  • Mortars and pestles
  • Waffle maker
  • An enormous digital timer so cooks can watch the round tick away, second by second

Beyond our equipment library, we're building a community of people who believe that cooking can and should be fun. Through this Kickstarter campaign, we want to hear your feedback and ideas on how to make Fyood Kitchen even better. 

How can we make Fyood YOUR social cooking competition? Help us shape the best event ever - and then come enjoy it!

If you've never yelped 'Behind!' while darting through a bustling kitchen, you haven't lived.
If you've never yelped 'Behind!' while darting through a bustling kitchen, you haven't lived.

How Exactly Does One Fyood?

By the numbers: 

  • 50-60 minutes per round
  • 4 mandatory mystery ingredients 
  • 3-4 judges on the panel
  • 2-4 cooks per team 
  • 2 rounds
  • 0 recipes

There's no substitute for actually participating in an event, but we put together this video to help give you an idea of what goes on at Fyood Kitchen:

 

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The Story of Fyood  

Hi! Maddie here. I first imagined what Fyood could be in June of 2016, and the idea was so electric that I left my job by the end of July to pursue Fyood full-time. I held the first test event on September 6th in my apartment kitchen and things have been moving at a breakneck speed ever since. 

I've been organizing events and fundraising my entire adult life. Until now, however, every project has been primarily on behalf of someone else’s cause. And it’s easier to ask for help when you’re not the direct beneficiary. Fyood is already so much bigger than myself and my idea, but it’s also deeply me. 

The very first judges admiring the dishes at the inaugural Fyood event.
The very first judges admiring the dishes at the inaugural Fyood event.

To date, Fyood has run 11 test events for over 110 players. The Fyood “I” became “we” as Tim Cardoso (right-most judge above) came onboard during the soft launch phase. We’ve tested factors like time limits, judging formats, and ingredient combinations to make sure we’re building the best event possible. And now that we have a good idea what that looks like, we need your help putting it all together. 

The process of creating Fyood has already changed my life enormously. I've learned that welcoming vulnerability and trying despite the chance of failure might just be the secret to everything: meaningful work, great relationships, and – of no lesser importance – delicious food.

In launching this Kickstarter project, I’m trying to practice the brand of vulnerability that I’ve watched Fyoodies exhibit event after event towards the goal of making something amazing. Please back this campaign and help me create Fyood Kitchen.

Thank you so much! -Maddie

Cooks get last-minute instructions before opening their mystery baskets.
Cooks get last-minute instructions before opening their mystery baskets.

Funding Breakdown   

We're not above making pie-related jokes about the following graph, so please enjoy this estimated cake-down of our KicksTARTer funds.  

Chicken Pot Finances
Chicken Pot Finances

We Love Local!

Portland, Maine is famous for its outstanding chefs and restaurants, and with good reason. Less glamorized, but just as integral to Maine's food ecosystem are our outstanding food producers, farmers, fishermen, and foragers. 

We believe that the best ingredients come from local producers, so we're cultivating relationships with farmers and makers and will feature their products in Fyood mystery baskets and pantry. We're excited to build a platform that introduces foodies to wonderful ingredients while supporting the local food infrastructure at the same time.

Fyood connects players with the great food and food-makers around them.
Fyood connects players with the great food and food-makers around them.

Stretch Goals and More Cities

The successful completion of this campaign will enable us to run outstanding Fyood events and give you the tools and environment to discover your inner Mario Batali (should we add a stretch goal just for Crocs?). 

However, there's potential to have even more fun with Fyood, from hiring a dedicated event photographer to hosting a grill competition and barbecue for our backers on Portland's scenic waterfront. 

For non-Portlanders, we’ll prioritize bringing Fyood test events to the top backer cities as we grow, so encourage your friends and neighbors to join the campaign! 

Every dollar we receive beyond our goal will be put toward evolving our events and giving you more ways to play with your Fyood. Please back this Kickstarter project and help bring Fyood Kitchen to life. Thank you!

Judging the dessert round is difficult work, but someone's got to do it.  We think that someone should be you.
Judging the dessert round is difficult work, but someone's got to do it. We think that someone should be you.

 

Risks and challenges

At the moment, most of our challenges boil down to math. We can only host so many people at our events, and can only run one event at a time. The folks at Fork Food Lab are wonderful to work with and are accommodating of the space that running these events requires. That said, Fork is a working kitchen that is in use by other members whose time we need to consider.

To best mitigate this challenge, we're building the registration section of our website and adding a calendar so that backers and future customers will be able to see at a glance when events are being held and how many spots are available. Scheduling for these events will begin soon after the conclusion of the campaign so that we can hit the ground running and get you in the kitchen!

Also, in the event that someone backs at the $10,000 level and wants us to host a Fyood event at the South Pole, we imagine that learning how to lead a team of sled dogs might also present a challenge.*

*Never mind. Turns out, dogs aren't allowed at the South Pole. We'll pull the sled ourselves.

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    Thank you so much for your support! You'll receive Fyood updates as we move forward.

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    Do you like getting mail? Fyood does! We'll send you a handwritten thank you note including a personalized Fyood-style recipe! (We'll tell you the key ingredients, you make up the rest.)

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    Fyoodie Starter Kit

    Fact: all cooks look awesome with our Fyood chef's towel thrown over their shoulder. Or tucked into their waistband. Whatever's your style. You'll also get a digital copy of Fyood's judging scorecard.

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    Fyoodie Starter Kit - Deluxe!

    Show your Fyoodie status proudly with a fancy Fyood Kitchen sticker and tote bag!

    Includes everything from the $25 Fyoodie Starter Kit: chef's towel, handwritten thank you, personalized Fyood-style recipe, and digital scorecard.

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    Come Play Fyood!

    Come experience Fyood at any open event within the next year. Includes one spot to play as either a cook or a judge for two rounds of mystery ingredients and a multi-course dinner! Events will be held at Fork Food Lab in Portland, ME.
    Post-Kickstarter price: $69.

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    Do Our Job For Us

    Choose a future mystery ingredient! This could be your favorite food, a tricky challenge for cooks, or maybe your own commercially-sold product that you'd like to promote. We'll document the event including your sponsored ingredient and send you photo evidence of what people created with it OR you can come watch it happen live as an honorary judge!

    Off-limits ingredients: durian, fugu, foods that are illegal in the US whether it's a travesty or not.

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    Come Play Fyood! Bring Your Friend!

    You and a friend come experience Fyood at any open event within the next year. Includes two spots to play as either a cook or a judge and a multi-course dinner! Events will be held at Fork Food Lab in Portland.
    Post-Kickstarter price: $129.

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    Valentine's Gala Dinner for 2: Tuesday

    We're throwing an exclusive and romantic Valentine's Day Fyood event for Kickstarter backers only on Tuesday, February 14th (for the purists).

    Come heat things up in the kitchen or sit back, relax, and judge at the most entertaining and unique Valentine's dinner in town. This event will be held at Fork Food Lab in Portland.

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    Valentine's Gala Dinner for 2: Friday

    We're throwing an exclusive and romantic Valentine's Day Fyood event for Kickstarter backers only on Friday, February 17th (for the weekend celebrators).

    Come heat things up in the kitchen or sit back, relax, and judge at the most entertaining and unique Valentine's dinner in town. This event will be held at Fork Food Lab in Portland.

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    Fyood, Party of 10

    We'll throw you a private Fyood party at Fork Food Lab in Portland for up to 10 people. You provide the players, we provide everything else. Birthday party? Family outing? Tuesday night? Let's celebrate it!

    Includes two rounds of play and dinner for everyone.

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    Fyood at Home: New England

    We'll bring Fyood to you and up to 10 friends on a mutually agreed-upon date, anywhere within a 3 hour drive of Portland, Maine. Includes pantry, cooking equipment, plating options, mystery ingredients, set up and clean up, and a uniquely fun dinner in the convenience of your own home.

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    Table Sponsorship Status

    You get to name one of the Fyood workstations! Your pledge gets you the sponsorship of your table at every Fork event in 2017. Complete with your company name and logo, Team You will compete in your name at each event.

    We'll thank you as a partner on our website and you'll have the option to choose one mystery ingredient per month to feature in event mystery baskets. Finally, we'll develop 5 deplorable food puns for your business as the highest token of our gratitude.

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    Fyood at Home: America

    We'll bring Fyood to you and up to 10 friends on a mutually agreed-upon date, anywhere in the continental US. Includes pantry, cooking equipment, plating options, mystery ingredients, set up and clean up, and a uniquely fun dinner in the convenience of your own home or other venue.

    You'll also get to select the entire basketful of mystery ingredients for a future event at Fork Food Lab and judge that event with a +1. This is an opportunity to see how you deal with enormous power.

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    Fyood at Home: Planet Earth!

    We'll bring Fyood to you and up to 10 friends on a mutually agreed-upon date anywhere in the world. Includes pantry, cooking equipment, plating options, mystery ingredients, set up and clean up, and a uniquely fun dinner in the convenience of your own home or other venue.

    You'll get to select an entire basketful of mystery ingredients for a future event at Fork Food Lab and judge that event with a +1. You'll also get to name a judging spot for all future Portland events (a la endowed professorships), naming rights to Fyood's enormous digital clock timer, and a private Fyood event for up to 10 friends at Fork Food Lab in the next year.

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