Published on 29 June 2020
You can now add a chef to your takeaway order on Providoor, Shane Delia’s new food delivery platform. The platform, which offers ready-to-heat and ready-to-cook dishes as well as booze and even tableware, is making dinner parties even easier with the option to book a chef or waiter when you order food.
Providoor’s point of difference in the market is that its dishes are designed with some participation from you to finish them. But now you can even leave that to the pros when you order dinner from the top-flight likes of MoVida, Supernormal, Cumulus Inc, Tipo 00, Lucy Liu, Estelle or Maha’s takeaway arm, Maha Go.
“Think about the ultimate dinner party where you get to dress up your dining room and chuck on your sexy frock,” says Delia. “Dim the lights, light some candles and turn up your favourite playlist while you get ready to experience a chef-cooked menu from your favourite Melbourne restaurants.”
Providoor’s model differs from other delivery services in that every dish is prepared at the restaurant then packed and delivered cold to preserve its quality – something that Delia felt was lacking in the takeaway market.
“The venue has little control over the end-user’s experience and the quality of the product when it arrives semi-warm at home,” Delia says. “It’s a prospect that just doesn’t stack up.”
The Maha chef and owner launched Providoor in May after more restaurants began offering takeaway menus in the face of dining restrictions related to coronavirus. Some venues, such as Flower Drum, are doing takeaway for the first time ever using Delia’s platform. The delivery zone is also much greater than many restaurants could hope to service on their own, with more than 400 Melbourne suburbs covered from Pakenham to Werribee.
The at-home chef or waiter service starts at $80 per hour – perhaps not your typical Friday night in. But for special occasions or larger dinner parties, it’s a surefire way to keep things stress-free for hosts.
To make the most of the service, Delia’s tip is to create your own ultimate dinner party menu, from MoVida tapas down to the Tipomisu from Tipo 00. You can order from as many restaurants as you like. Delivery fees can stack up, but there’s no minimum order.
As for whether Shane Delia himself might knock on your door if you add a chef to your Maha order: he’s not ruling it out.
Providoor’s chef and waiter service available through select restaurants from Tuesday 30 June. Waiters $80 per hour, chefs $100 per hour; minimum booking four hours. Delivery available Wed-Sun, $16.50 per restaurant. providoor.com.au
By Emma Breheny
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