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By Anthony Rotio
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About this project

My name is Anthony Rotio and with your support, I’m going to create use4foods.

use4foods : an online community; a tremendous resource for chefs and those who love food; a massive multiplayer online game that you can participate in, observe, or both.

I come from an Italian family, so Mom’s had me in the kitchen my whole life and I’ve always been surrounded by good food. Recently, I’ve been a chef for a club in college to pay some bills while I was finishing my computer science degree. I’ve taken courses in cooking, including Harvard’s outstanding offering, “Science and Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to the Science of Soft Matter.” Now I run my own food blog at rotiofood.com.

My girlfriend and I have been watching a lot of Chopped on Food Network in the past few months. If you’ve never seen the show the idea is simple: several chefs are given a basket of mystery ingredients and they have a time limit to create an inspired dish. Simple scenario, amazing results.They truly create art in the kitchen. Katie and I decided to challenge each other in a similar fashion and we’ve been blogging about it. We’ve had a ton of fun with it and we’ve gotten great feedback from our readers while learning new flavor combinations and branching out from what we ordinarily try. I want to use my technical knowledge to offer this experience to the masses. 

 
My goal is to create the website use4foods from scratch and have version 1.0 live by August 1, 2012.
 
use4foods will have simple rules:
  • I will announce 4 mystery ingredients. 
  • You will have one week to upload photos and a description of what you made. 
  • Meanwhile the community will be rating your dish with a plus or minus (salt shakers in screenshot). 
  • At the end of the week, the post at the top of the stack will be declared the winner. The winner will then get to choose the next four ingredients and the process will repeat. 
  • If bragging rights aren’t enough, the winner will also get a use4foods championship t-shirt.
I’ll allow commenting on the individual dishes and will archive past weeks results so this will be an ever-growing resource of culinary invention. I’m very excited about what we can create together and  I hope you will help to make use4foods a reality.


The classic Kickstarter question, “Why should you support this project?”

-If you believe in the project you should support it. If you love to cook, love food, and/or gawk at photos of mouth-watering plates online, you will probably use and enjoy use4foods.

-The more money we raise, the faster the site can be up. The funds raised will go towards server space and the cost of developing the site. If we raise enough I'll hire an additional developer to assist in developing this beautifully functional playground for foodies as soon as possible.

 

-You’ll get some nice perks on the site, and if you donate enough, you will have the opportunity to contribute during the site's design phase.

Anthony Rotio (left) with Ferran Adria of El Bulli

Credits:
Music
Modest Mussorgsky - Baba Yaga (Great Gate of Kiev)
Skrillex - Kyoto (ft. Sirah) instrumental by youtube user mahmadtheawesome

Art:
Various clipart sites online, the screenshot is only a mockup and should not be taken as a literal interpretation of the final design of the site.

Agreement (just for me to cover my butt for using copyrighted music and art, you’re just saying you’d donate even if it wasn’t used):
By donating to this project, I agree that the inclusion of copyrighted music and/or art and/or television program names and/or website names has/have in no way influenced my decision to donate to use4foods or its creator. I agree that I would donate the same amount had said copyrighted material been excluded from any videos, images, or any other media present on this Kickstarter page or any other media associated with the project located elsewhere on the internet. 
 

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