E25: Design your own Masterchef experience in your own kitchen, Gil Eiges, Co-founder of Manjya


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A Personal Chef is not just for the rich and famous

Speaker BIO:

Gil Eiges was born in Jerusalem, Israel. He has lived in four countries around the world. After graduating from the London School of Economics, he started his career as a management consultant and worked at Amdocs leading various large business and marketing teams. Gil co-founded manjya along with business partner Mia Andrews, which is an online bidding marketplace that connects chefs with individuals and businesses who need catering either at home or for large and small events. He consults and sits on advisory boards for several start-ups. He's also an advisor to the MaRS Institute, a launchpad for innovation based in Toronto.

Episode Overview:

How do you get tasty, healthy food when you don’t have the time or ability to do the cooking? Or if you want a special experience to offer to your guests? Or if you want a special date night in your own home without doing the work? You turn to manjya.

It's like having your own Masterchef in the kitchen, delivering a culinary experience that you've designed! A Personal Chef is not just for the rich and famous, it's accessible to everyone!

Gil Eiges co-founded manjya which is an online market for chefs and caterers. Clients just enter their desired experience and their budget, and manjya makes magic happen. Different chefs provide menus based on the clients’ requirements. All clients need to do is go online to manjya and post their request, including food preferences, and various chefs and caterers who are available will bid on the client’s business. Clients will get to see all of the different offers in one place. Simple, easy and FUN!

manjya, in partnership with the Canadian Personal Chef Association, is helping people host events, follow a diet or just eat healthy exactly the way they want. Submit a request for what you want, when and where you want it, and let the bidding begin.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • People have a lot of food sensitivities and allergies that need to be taken into consideration
  • Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans
  • Circumstances are going to change, and you’ve just got to be ready for every change that comes along and take it with a smile
  • You can design an experience through food
  • Meditation generally helps one to be sane
  • Word of mouth is still having an impact
  • You can't ignore the personal touch even in a such a modern, automated digital world.

Resources Mentioned:

Productivity Tool: Fiverr


Website: Manjya

Book: The Four Hour Body By Tim Ferriss

Podcast: How I built this by NPR

Podcast: Start-up School by Seth Godin

Hotspots: Bar Buca

Hotspots: Pearl Diver

Email: Gil@manjya.ca

Company Background:

manjya is an online marketplace that connects businesses and individuals on one side, to chefs and caterers on the other. So if you're having a party, a dinner party, a wedding, an event at the office, or if you just need food for the week because you're too busy to cook, this is what manjya can help you with. Clients don’t need to go through a lot of menus and offers, or numerous chefs profiles. Clients can actually go online with their requests and chefs will get back to them with bids which include menus and quotes. You can chat with the chefs, you can negotiate, and then you can choose whatever you like.

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