Culinary tech startup Chefling receives Series A funding to fuel development of its AI-driven end-to-end kitchen assistant
Chefling, a culinary tech startup and a developer of a mobile app that monitors, organizes, selects food, and keeps tracks of grocery needs, has raised undisclosed amount in Series A funding to fuel further development of its machine learning-based app that uses appliance connectivity to provide a fully integrated cooking journey, from managing pantry inventory to selecting and preparing recipes to shopping for groceries online.
The round was led by BSH Hausgeräte GmbH (BSH), with additional partnership from XVVC, for one third of the shares in the company. BSH is the portfolio owner of well-known appliance brands including Bosch, Thermador and Siemens. The funding also establishes BSH as a strategic minority stakeholder in Chefling and will support further development of Chefling’s AI-driven Application and UltraConnect™ platform.
Founded in early 2016 by a group of Northwestern University graduates. The Menlo Park, California-based Chefling keeps track of your ingredients, suggests delicious recipes based on those ingredients, and automatically creates a shopping list with the other ingredients you need for the given recipe.
The startup provides the ultimate smart kitchen solution, leveraging an AI-driven platform to seamlessly incorporate inventory organization, intuitive recipe suggestions, shopping list management, and smart device integration to simplify the cooking experience in connected homes. We are driven by our mission to bring a unique kitchen experience to everyone who wants to discover the joy of cooking.
“This funding will accelerate the ongoing development of our platform and user base and enable us to bring new capabilities to market faster,” said Jeff Quan Xie, Co-Founder at Chefling. “The financing will also help us grow our team and build partnerships as we work to make Chefling an essential app for every connected home and modern kitchen.”
The IoT-enabled consumer electronics market is currently estimated at $124B, with smart home consumers eager for innovation that enhances and streamlines the meal planning and preparation experience. Chefling’s platform is designed to empower consumers to more easily manage pantry stock, find recipes that match what’s on hand, and prepare those recipes with smart home appliances.
Chefling Co-Founders Jeff Xie and Amar Krishna