Salt & Pepper

by Team A, MSI @ Carnegie Mellon University

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About

What is Salt & Pepper?

Salt & Pepper is an app that connects you to your personal chef. Chefs have years of experience and know the tricks to shopping smart, fresh, and healthy. They know how to cook a delicious meal, and now through Salt & Pepper they can teach you in person. Unlike YouTube and cookbooks, Salt & Pepper is centered around making cooking fun and a great experience. Salt & Pepper connects you to a chef you meet in person so you can shop and cook together. 

How Does Salt & Pepper work?

It’s really easy, the app allows you to choose the cuisine and a local chef with such expertise. Your private chef mentor can guide you from picking the right ingredients at the grocery store to teaching you how to make the dish perfect first handily. Chefs can easily be booked by the hour and paid through the app. All you need to do is to enjoy the amazing journey in the culinary world.

Who is Salt & Pepper Made For?

Salt & Pepper is made for the foodie in you. Our goal is to serve the desire to constantly learn and prepare better food. Instead of starting, pausing, and pausing Gordon Ramsay on YouTube or constantly looking up steps in a cookbook, a real chef is able to watch over you where you can ask them questions regarding your technique. They can help you make sure the your batter isn't over-beaten, your cookies aren't under-cooked, and your burger isn't overly dry. Salt and Pepper connects you with a personal chef so you can master the art yourself. We know the best food starts with the best ingredients, but there are too many choices at the grocery store which can be overwhelming. Your personal chef accompanies you to the store where you first meet and buy the food you need. This is your opportunity to learn how to spot the right produce and meats.

Rewards

Personalized Salt & Pepper Shakers
Personalized Salt & Pepper Shakers
Salt & Pepper Kitchen Jacket
Salt & Pepper Kitchen Jacket
Salt & Pepper Cutting Board
Salt & Pepper Cutting Board

I’m a chef, how do signup?

Great, shoot us an email at chefs@saltandpepper.com. Tell us your expertise, how long you've been cooking, what you do for a living, and your zip code. We'll be sure to reach out!

What's your timeline?

  • February 2015 - Idea founded, began researching need.
  • March 2015 - Initial research proved wildly successful. Began recruiting chefs and user to figure out best way to teach and learn. Completed first concierge MVP.
  • April 2015 - Finalized the UI, beginning development.
  • June 2015 - Release iOS app with Pittsburgh as a target market.
  • July 2015 - Release Android app with more cities supported.

Why did you make Salt & Pepper?

The team loves food. We made this service from our personal desire to learn new cuisines but were tired of googling recipes, youtubing cooking shows, or buy cookbooks. We wanted to learn from the experts who knew where I could buy the necessary supplies, specially for ethnic dishes and help us prepare it perfectly, in person.

Who is behind Salt & Pepper?

All of out chefs are hand selected and need to pass a background check. We hire professional chefs who are trained by Salt & Pepper to give you the best service.

  • Chong, Designer
  • Lu, Product Engineer
  • Diya, Operations
  • Aaqib, Development

Acknowledgements

Shoutout to the Mobile Service Innovation 2015 staff at Carnegie Mellon University.

Risks and challenges

There are bound to be several risks and challenges in a project like this. As we expand, for instance, we will need to likely hire employees to manage the outgrowth of a highly dynamic and ever expanding users/chefs/cuisines, ensuring that our users find ample chefs and cuisines they want to cook with great pictures, estimated costs, estimated time commitment, etc. Eventually we'll have to begin translating the app into other languages, such as Spanish, French, German, and Italian.

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    Thank You! For your contribution we'll keep you updated on the progress. Looking forward to making your next cooking lesson a joy.

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    Your First Experience Free + Kitchen Jacket + Salt & Pepper Shakers + In App Mention. For your contribution, you'll get your 1st Salt & Pepper experience for free, whenever the app in your city. We'll also give you a personalized Salt & Pepper shaker set and our official kitchen jacket.

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    $500 Credit + Your First Experience Free + Kitchen Jacket + Salt & Pepper Shakers + In App Mention. You'll get your 1st experience for free and $500 in credit for your future experiences. We'll also give you the Salt & Pepper shaker set, the official kitchen jacket, and our official cutting board.

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