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Last updated January 9, 2015

CookStarta - MAKES KITCHEN FOOD PREPARATION SO MUCH EASIER

Light, flexible and folding flat for easy storage, CookStarta is the best friend your kitchen chopping board will ever have!

CookStarta - MAKES KITCHEN FOOD PREPARATION SO MUCH EASIER

Light, flexible and folding flat for easy storage, CookStarta is the best friend your kitchen chopping board will ever have!

£2,901
pledged of £8,500pledged of £8,500 goal
144
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, January 8 2015 11:00 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated January 9, 2015

About

AT LAST - A KITCHEN ACCESSORY YOU'LL USE EVERYDAY!

Hello Kickstarters and welcome to my little project!

Why CookStarta?  I first came up with the idea for a new kitchen accessory when I realised, while I was yet again up to my elbows in vegetable trimmings at my chopping board, that there was a gap in the market for a product to deal with the fundamental problems associated with food preparation. 

These are:-

  • how to easily collect and dispose of the detritus we all accumulate on our chopping boards as we prep - without making a mess!
  • how to easily transfer chopped and prepared food from the chopping board to the pot - without making even more of a mess!
  • and how to store 'in use' cooking spoons and utensils during the cooking process - without making something else dirty!

We all know that the best innovations are simple, effective and born out of necessity so I decided that if no-one else was going to do it, I would have to! 

As an added bonus, I thought it would be great if this new product could not only match the four main food group chopping board colours:-

  • WHITE - Dairy/General
  • GREEN - Vegetables/Salad
  • RED - Uncooked Meats
  • BLUE - Fish

but it would also :-

  • be light, flexible yet strong
  • be made of pliable, hygienic, easy to clean material
  • be easily assembled
  • be dishwasher proof
  • fold flat for easy storage and cleaning

And the good news is, that is exactly what I have done! (With a little help from Caparo Innovation Centre and Wolverhampton University)

That product is now known as, CookStarta! YAY!

SO, WHAT IS COOKSTARTA AND HOW DO YOU USE IT?

Tucking under a corner of your chopping board, CookStarta is on-hand to take all your food waste/trimmings/peelings, freeing up your work space for real food preparation.  

Once you have safely disposed of all your food waste it is then available  to easily transfer your prepared food from board to cooking pot.

It can also be used to free up extra space on your chopping board, when preparing multiple ingredients, by storing already chopped items until they are ready for use.

Having finished all your food prep, rather than get something else dirty, CookStarta can then be used to house all your 'in use' cooking utensils while your food cooks.

DESIGN, PROTOTYPES AND MANUFACTURE

From the outset I wanted to ensure that my CookStarta project had professional design input in order for it to succeed.

I initially discussed the whole concept with the Caparo Design and Innovation Centre attached to Wolverhampton University, who liked the idea enough to take it on as a design project.

After developing and testing several prototypes (including some of mine made of cardboard!) for feasibility and sizing, our final decision, after consultation with user groups, was that CookStarta should be made in food-grade polypropylene (the same material as most chopping boards), should be flat for easy manufacture and kitchen storage and should be quick and easy to assemble.

Early Prototypes - including my original cardboard versions
Early Prototypes - including my original cardboard versions

And here it is!  Produced flat and pre-creased in one piece, it takes two seconds to be ready for use by clipping and securing the cleverly designed tabs at the back to make the unique CookStarta shape.

After you've finished using CookStarta, it can be unclipped for washing and stored flat with your boards, ready for use (probably tomorrow!)

WHAT NEXT AND HOW YOU CAN HELP

The video and photos show the final version of CookStarta and I am thrilled with the result. It is the culmination of a great deal of work between the professional designer, manufacturer, user test groups and myself.  I am now ready to go into production and your help will enable me to fulfil my innovation dream for this unique product by meeting:-

  • minimum order requirements from our UK manufacturer and suppliers
  • origination, tooling and production costs

By backing CookStarta you will be among the first to benefit from this great kitchen accessory. Having worked with my prototypes over a period of months now, I find I can't reach for my chopping board without also reaching for my CookStarta.  In fact, it has quickly become an integral part of my food prep process.

As any busy person who loves to cook will tell you, anything that makes life easier in the kitchen is always likely to become a firm friend. I'm sure you'll soon feel the same and if you do, please pass on the good news to all your friends and family. They could probably do with a kitchen friend too!.

Thank you!

CookStarta Facts

  • It measures when flat - 287mm (11.3'') by 244mm (9.6'')
  • when assembled it measures - 187mm (7.4'') long, 120mm (4.7'') wide and 103mm (4.0'') high
  • it is manufactured in 800 micron food-grade polypropylene
  • it is dishwasher safe
  • it currently comes in four colours to co-ordinate with the four main colour-coded chopping boards


PLEDGES AND REWARDS

I have tried to keep my rewards for your pledges as simple as possible and as you can see from the pledge button panel and the table below, I am offering various colours and numbers of CookStarta to suit you.

In addition, I am including something new for all of you everyday cooks out there who know how messy storing in-use cooking oil can be.  No matter how careful you are, there is always leakage leaving a greasy mark on either your worktop or shelf. 

My Oily-Doily coasters, which have been designed by me to complement The CookStarta, are round and manufactured in 100 mm and 150 mm diameters to be wonderful worktop savers for both your cooking oil bottle and drizzler.  And, as they are made of 700 micron non-slip Gecko polypropylene, they are completely oil and waterproof making them very easy to wipe clean.

Set comprises 150 mm Drizzler Size and 100 mm Bottle Size
Set comprises 150 mm Drizzler Size and 100 mm Bottle Size

I really do value every pledge and, as an added extra to further show my appreciation (and, as I fancy myself as a bit of a 'wordsmith'), I have composed a little poem entitled  'Ode to CookStarta', which ALL backers will receive, no matter how small the pledge.

Enjoy!

Please note:  at the end of the campaign (assuming we are successful) we will be sending out a survey to clarify your CookStarta colour choices.  So don't get too hung up on them now.  Having said that, a full set constitutes one of each of the following CookStarta colours: white, green, red and blue.

TIMETABLE

Risks and challenges

We are proud to use a UK based manufacturer for this project who has been extremely helpful and interested throughout the entire development process, providing advice and expertise from initial prototypes to final product design.

Lead-in times and production schedules have been discussed at length and built into a realistic project delivery timescale. Given the manufacturer's market position and standing, I am confident they can be met.

I have also had similar discussions with a UK packaging factory who are market leaders in their field. Again I am confident of their delivery times.

Backer satisfaction is obviously of paramount importance to me and should there be any problem (however small), I am confident that it will be quickly resolved. More importantly, backers will always be kept fully posted.

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    Pledge £1 or more About $2

    Let the cooking start! A huge thank you for your support and a copy of my original ‘Ode to Cookstarta’ will be winging its way to you via email. And you can sleep soundly in your bed knowing you have helped kickstart a food prep revolution.

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    Pledge £7 or more About $9

    One COOKSTARTA - colour to suit you! Whichever you choose, it will soon become your new kitchen best friend.

    PLUS – a printed copy of my very own ‘Ode to CookStarta’ poem.

    FREE UK SHIPPING. PLEASE ADD £6 FOR REST OF THE WORLD.

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    Pledge £12 or more About $16

    One COOKSTARTA (colour to suit you) PLUS one set of OILY- DOILYS. Not only will your food prepping be under control, your worktop will be oil free and pristine!

    PLUS a printed copy of my 'Ode to CookStarta' poem.

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    Pledge £13 or more About $17

    TWO COOKSTARTAS to make your food prep much more organised. Again, your choice of colours. PLUS your very own printed copy of my poem 'Ode to CookStarta'.

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    Pledge £18 or more About $23

    TWO COOKSTARTAS – colours of your choice PLUS one set of OILY-DOILYS PLUS a copy of my printed ‘Ode To Cookstarta’ poem.

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    Pledge £19 or more About $24

    THREE (yes 3!) COOKSTARTAS. Choose this reward if you're a vegetarian!

    PLUS a printed copy of my poem – ‘Ode to Cookstarta’.

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    Pledge £22 or more About $28

    A COOKSTARTA full set. Yes, all four colours. Tremendous Value. How did we ever manage before?
    PLUS a printed copy of my poem – ‘Ode to CookStarter’.

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    Pledge £24 or more About $31

    THREE COOKSTARTAS PLUS one set of OILY-DOILYS PLUS a printed copy of my poem - ‘Ode to Cookstarta’.

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    Pledge £27 or more About $35

    FULL COOKSTARTA SET. Yes, all 4 colours.

    PLUS one set of OILY-DOILYS.

    PLUS a printed copy of my poem - 'Ode to Cookstarta'.

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    Pledge £40 or more About $51

    TWO COOKSTARTA FULL SETS. The perfect choice if you want to give one set as a present.

    PLUS of course a printed copy of my poem ‘Ode to CookStarter’. You can always recite the poem as you hand over the gift!

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    Pledge £48 or more About $61

    TWO COOKSTARTA FULL SETS (all 4 colours)

    PLUS 2 sets of OILY-DOILYS. Perfect kitchen present material.

    PLUS a printed copy of my poem 'Ode to CookStarta'.

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    Pledge £57 or more About $72

    THREE COOKSTARTA FULL SETS. Yes 3 - that's one for you, one for Mum and one for someone special. PLUS a printed copy of my 'Ode to CookStarta' poem.

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    Pledge £66 or more About $84

    This is the ultimate gift choice. THREE FULL SETS OF COOKSTARTA (all 4 colours)

    PLUS 3 OILY-DOILY sets

    PLUS a printed copy of my poem 'Ode to CookStarta'. Your family and friends will love you for opting for this one.

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