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Swipe right for ‘Tinder for food’

Thursday, 9th August, 2018 9:16am

It will be love at first bite next week as a new ‘Tinder for food’ website is launched.

Like Tinder, the website, Tasterfood.com, allows users to swipe through pictures and to match with what they consider to be the best looking food on the market.

The idea of the website is to allow people to actually see their food before they even know what restaurant it comes from. They can then access the details of how and where to purchase their dinner.

Speaking to the Cork Independent, founder of Taster Aisling Reardon, said: “You know when you’re sitting down in a restaurant and you’re looking at the menu and you’re thinking, ‘What am I going to eat?’ Then you see a waiter carrying food from the kitchen think, ‘That’s what I want!’

“So I thought, let’s change it and make it so you can match with your favourite dinner by looking at it. What Taster does is presents the food on a non-biased platform where the food is what comes first so that restaurants sell on the merit of their produce which I think is fair and exciting for the consumer,” she said.

Aisling continued: “My big question to restaurant owners and managers was, how do you get people who don’t know about your restaurant to see your menu?”

The launch will take place on 15 August at 7pm in the Sextant bar on Albert Street in the city centre.

The website is currently being developed in the Rubicon Centre, Bishopstown as part of the Student Inc. programme offered by CIT.

When asked if she saw the idea expanding beyond Cork, Aisling said: “Oh yes definitely, we are just finding our feet at the moment and seeing how best to provide this kind of service. Once we are up and running I think there’s no stopping it expanding all over Ireland because I think it will revolutionise the way people engage with menus and with food.”

The site will aim to have between six and ten restaurants involved to begin with but Aisling hopes to expand on that number having already secured the likes of Sliced, Amicus and 14A for the new site. “I see absolutely nothing stopping us taking over nationally and internationally.”

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