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Cookalong: The new gourmet food delivery service

Launching today, Cookalong is the newest delivery service founded by the minds behind Masu, Akarana and Inca.

Auckland chefs Nic Watt and Darren Johnson are today launching their new venture, Cookalong – a gourmet food delivery service offering fresh, pre-prepared restaurant quality ingredients and meals.

Nic Watt and Darren Johnson

The meals fit nicely into the gourmet cooks life, with braised pork belly, beef ragu, cannelloni, and salmon tartare among other hard-to-cook-sounding recipes. Luckily, if like me, you’re not exactly a wiz in the kitchen, the delivery service comes with minimal effort. Unlike many others which require 86 minutes of chopping and preparing, leaving you starving and never wanting to even look at another onion.

With menus that change fortnightly and delivered every Tuesday, most of the hard work is done in the restaurant. All meals require 30 minutes or less of preparation and/or cooking time with customers able to simply sauté and serve or heat and eat. Each recipe card includes easy to follow instructions and also includes the full recipe, “Cookalong from Scratch”, to recreate those favourite dishes at home.

There are three options available, four night gourmet dinners for two, three night family ‘Heat & Eat’ for four and three course ‘Date Night’ for two.

Watt says the Cookalong concept of having chefs do the food prep and inviting diners along for the ride by finishing the meals in the comfort of their own homes originated pre-pandemic, but development was fast-tracked during lockdown.

“Not everyone can dine in and there are occasions where you want a no-fuss but delicious meal solution in your own home,” he says. “Darren and I will draw on our experiences both in the restaurant and through our travels to create and deliver dishes that we would be proud to serve our friends and family at home.”

In addition to the meals, the chefs have launched a Pantry Shop which will sell some of Johnson’s popular sauces from Inca.

And Cookalong has truly thought of the full dining experience by also including an option to add a virgin cocktail mix to orders for $10 per person.

So to recap; Gourmet restaurant quality to your door delivery service with add on cocktail mixes. Sign us up.

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Courtney Devereux is a Communication Consultant at Clear Hayes and freelance business writer.