Here at Chefs Plate, we know that nobody can deliver on the value of our meals, but we wanted to put that idea to the ultimate test and compare the Chefs Plate experience to other meal options.
- Rules: Recreate the same meal (Salmon Cacio e Pepe) that has been a Chefs Plate customer favourite
- Competitors: Chefs Plate, Grocery Store, Online Grocery Delivery, Restaurant
- Criteria: Cost*, Ingredient Quality, Total Time Spent
*Cost: We calculated cost based on what our grocery bill would have been if we had been able to buy only the amount of each ingredient that we needed. In reality, many items had to be purchased in bulk and cost us much more!
ROUND 1: Chefs Plate VS. the Grocery Store
THE WINNER: Chefs Plate! Chefs Plate was a clear winner since we didn’t have to pay grocery store mark-ups and we received farm fresh ingredients that skipped a long journey through the grocery store. Chefs Plate also provided perfectly portioned ingredients that were ready for us to cook with. We actually paid $30 at the grocery store for this dish when we took into account all the excess ingredients we were forced to buy, but our handy chart above assumed you can get the correct portions at the grocery store.
ROUND 2: Chefs Plate VS. the Online Grocery Delivery
THE WINNER: Chefs Plate! Chefs Plate was a clear winner on costs with free shipping vs. the pesky delivery fees that online grocery delivery companies charge. We also still saved time by not having to decide what to cook or having to build an online shopping cart!
ROUND 3: Chefs Plate VS. The Restaurant
THE WINNER: Chefs Plate! Though the restaurant did provide a chef quality meal, it wasn’t exactly convenient or affordable to head out to a restaurant on a weekday when all we wanted was something quick and delicious to eat. Chefs Plate also won on costs without any tip to the waiter required!
When it comes to value, Chefs Plate can’t be beat with its incredible combination of cost-savings, time-savings, and farm fresh ingredients!
How did we calculate the costs?
In these charts we assumed that you could buy the correct portions of each ingredient from each of the contenders. We also assumed everyone would have basic ingredients like butter and salt & pepper at home. However, in this handy spreadsheet you can also see actual costs if you bought the ingredients in the bulk formats required.