New York-based service brings homemade dinners from a neighbor's kitchen to those without time to cook

Sometimes all we need is a home-cooked meal, but we don’t always have the time or the skills to do it ourselves. Umi Kitchen, a platform for home chefs to cook meals for strangers just launched in Manhattan to make homemade meal delivery a reality. Unlike other services like Blue Apron and Plated, which deliver ingredients and instructions for a specific recipe, Umi meals are prepared in small quantities by local cooks.

Founded by Khalil Tawil, Hallie Meyer (daughter of Shake Shack founder and Union Square Hospitality Group CEO Danny Meyer) and former Tumblr VP Derek Gottfrid, Umi was inspired by Tawil’s mother, an immigrant who used to cook Lebanese food from home and sell it to her neighbors. After putting an ad on Craigslist looking for a home-cooked meal and receiving an overwhelming number of responses, Tawil and Meyer started talking about forming Umi Kitchen.

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