Shef, a San Francisco, CA-based homemade food marketplace that enables cooks to sell meals in their local communities, raised $8.8M in seed funding.
Backers included Y Combinator, Craft Ventures, and M13, as well as founders and executives from Instacart, TaskRabbit, StubHub, AngelList, Lyft, Airbnb, and Yelp.
The company intends to use the funds to expand its service.
Founded in 2018 by Alvin Salehi (former White House Technology Advisor under President Obama and founder of Code.gov) and Joey Grassia (former Facebook employee and two-time food startup entrepreneur), Shef combines the convenience and variety of takeout with a homemade meal. These types of businesses are being enabled by new home cooking laws such as California’s Homemade Food Operations Act.
The company works with immigrants, refugees, and out-of-work restaurant cooks to enable them to sell high-quality homemade meals in their local communities.
Shef is currently available in various regions across the country and has already served over 200,000 meals across the US.