A takeaway service in the U.K. will deliver to your door cuisine prepared by a professional chef, and for a small additional fee also bring along dirty pans used to prepare the food so you can fool your guests that you cooked the food.
According to Digital Newsroom, the takeaway service called Housbites.com, has announced a new service called "pretend you cooked." The service helps you charm your date, deceive your in-laws by delivering the dirty pans used by the chef to prepare the food. So if you don't have the time or lack the cooking skills but would like your in-laws to think otherwise, Housbite can fix it.
Digital Newsroom reports that Housbite's main courses cost between 10 and 12 pounds. Customers may enjoy the extra "pretend you cooked" service for an additional fee of 5 pounds. You have the opportunity of a discreet arrangement for the dirty pans to be collected after your guests are safely out of the way.
ABC Action News reports that Housebite will cut the fee to deliver the dirty pans if the customer agrees to "wash up" before collection.
According to Digital Newsroom, Housebite said the idea emerged from Twitter and Facebook requests received through tweets, comments and email feedback. Housebite says that demand for its services has been growing very fast since its launch late last year. The business boasts celebrity customers such as Stephen fry and Lily Allen who tweet their orders.
Gizmag reports that Housebite is owned by UK entrepreneur Simon Prokter, whose aim since inception was to set up a website that links customers with local cooks and chefs and delivers restaurant quality food at the door.
According to Gizmag, Housbite delivers Gourmet, restaurant quality meals to the door at a price comparable to a pizza, or Asian takeaway dinner. Housbite says their new service concept widens the variety of choices the "eat-at-home consumer" has in a narrow market. The site delivers food prepared by local chefs who have worked with some of London's top restaurants, including The Ivy, La Caprice, Barrafina, Fifteen and Sanderson Hotel.
Prokter's previous online business success was the European dating site, SpeedDater. According to Gizmag, Prokter explained the inspiration behind Housebite: "I'd been exploring ideas within the food sector... and whilst so many traditional industries are being disrupted by the Internet such as hotels and car-hire, I couldn't see anything great happening in food. The UK market for delivered food is huge and expanding rapidly. We have a quality yet affordable offering and are confident we can capture a significant market share. We believe housebites will change the way people eat, for good."
MSN Now warns users of the "pretend you cooked" service to remember to practise how to change the subject if any of your guests asks for the recipe after seeing the dirty pans.