When top chefs and technology entrepreneurs join forces, it’s cause for celebration for foodies.
If you’re at a loss for what to cook tonight, check out Cook Taste Eat, a new daily email, video network, and website launching today. Restauranteur Michael Mina (pictured left) is behind the startup that broadcasts instructional videos from stars and top chefs, delivering recipes designed for home cooking to your inbox.
The Michelin Star recipient has teamed up with entrepreneur Tanya Melillo and singer and songwriter Michelle Branch (anyone remember her?) to create the free site. It’s really worth checking out the videos; Mina has tapped into his network to recruit noteworthy Bay Area chefs such as Michael Chiarello of Napa Valley’s Bottega, Charles Phan of Slanted Door, and Mourad Lahlou of Aziza.
“Food is all about balance; it is all about taste,” Mina told the San Francisco Business Journal. “We want to teach the home cook how to make dishes that will be bold, flavorful and balanced and — just as important — will impress their guests.”
To make your mouth water just a little bit, this week’s menu is sesame-crusted ahi tuna with fava bean falafel and grilled cucumber salad. Recipes updates on a daily basis.
The company received investment from Blumberg Capital, an early stage venture capital firm, as well as TriplePoint Capital and angel investor Ron Conway.
“Given the trends and the success of the Food Network in particular, we feel there is a huge opportunity to build the top online global food brand,” Blumberg Capital investor Jon Soberg told me. The startup is not yet willing to disclose the full funding amount.