Food delivery just like mama used to make


THEY say there’s nothing better than a home-cooked meal and now a new food delivery service is allowing people to share their beloved family dishes with others all across Brisbane.

media_cameraSarah Gan is now cooking for FoodByUs. Picture: AAP/Steve Pohlner

FoodByUs launches in the River City tomorrow, offering a spin on the Uber Eats phenomenon, where instead of ordering from restaurants, punters order from other home cooks.

Available is everything from cookies and cakes to Thai curries and Italian pastas made by everyone from the office dessert queen to the nonna up the road.

“We had this idea that it would be really great to be buying quality foods from approved people in your community rather than always having to go to a small selection of restaurants in your area,” said co-founder Ben Lipschitz.

To ensure the cuisine is up to scratch, all makers must abide by local government food standards and FoodByUs conduct taste tests with each maker before they’re allowed to sell their goods. Buyers are also able to leave reviews on the website of what they thought of the goods.

“There are reviews, there are people buying and selling and some of the people who sell also buy from other people, so it’s a real community vibe,” Mr Lipschitz said.

The online and app service, however, isn’t instant, with buyers having to agree on a time and date to either pick up the food or have it delivered for a fee of around $5.

media_cameraSarah Gan’s Singapore hainanese chicken rice. Picture: AAP/Steve Pohlner

Sarah Gan from Indooroopilly, in Brisbane’s west, has just signed up to be a maker and will be selling her Malaysian and Chinese curries under the name Ugly Food, with many of the recipes passed down from her grandmother.

“I’m a mother of four so cooking all the time is something that I do so it’s just a really natural thing for me,” Mrs Gan said.

“I started with actually giving a lot of food to my neighbours and they said, ‘Why don’t you start doing something with this’, so when FoodByUs came along I thought it just looked like a really great platform for selling food.”

media_cameraCinnamon buns, prepared by Sarah Gan for food delivery service FoodByUs. Picture: AAP/Steve Pohlner

The service launched in Sydney and Melbourne last year and has already been going gangbusters, with thousands of orders placed and more than 500 makers on board.

Mr Lipschitz hopes Brisbane will be equally popular.

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