Providoor, the game-changing meal-delivery platform established during Covid, is returning with a new team behind it.
When the top-tier takeaway service was launched by Melbourne chef Shane Delia in 2020, it provided a lifeline to many restaurants during the chaos and closures of the pandemic. After going into liquidation in April, Providoor relaunches today with a new investor and several high profile chefs and food personalities on board, including Matt Preston, Silvia Colloca, Anna Polyviou, Luke Nguyen, Gary Mehigan and more (Delia isn’t connected to the new venture).
The new business model will offer Providoor Frozen (available to order online in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane) and Providoor Local (available via the Uber Eats app in Sydney only, for now). Expect the likes of Colloca’s lasagne recipe, Mehigan’s Moroccan-style lamb tagine and Nguyen’s handmade dumplings, Peking duck pancakes, butter chicken and Wagyu beef rendang. Most of the chefs involved don’t have their own bricks-and-mortar restaurants, so it’ll be your only chance to get your hands on their recipes (without cooking them yourself).
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Entrepreneur Sam Benjamin – founder and managing director of Sydney’s Seventh Street Ventures, which backs Rolling Stone magazine, the Brag Media and ghost-kitchen platform Kaspa – acquired the brand in April, following the shock closure.
“I was a customer and loved the original concept of Providoor,” Benjamin said in a press release. “It offers a connection for at-home diners to top chefs and restaurants – [for customers] who don’t want to cook but want elevated at-home dining. I know we can breathe new life back into a brand that has such good sentiment. The demand is there and we are ready to meet it.”
The business previously had debts of more than $4 million in unused gift vouchers, however these will not be automatically honoured. Benjamin has invited voucher-holders to contact Providoor directly.
Providoor orders can be taken via the Uber Eats app and providoor.com from 5pm, Monday October 23.