What is it? Chef's Plate
How Much? Starts at $49.80 per week, plus $6 delivery. Prices in Canadian dollars.
What’s in it? Fresh ingredients and delicious recipes delivered weekly to your door
Chef's Plate is a weekly meal delivery service that sends original gourmet recipes and pre-portioned farm-fresh ingredients so you can cook a fresh, healthy, and nutritionally balanced meal. Chef's Plate started in Toronto in 2014 and now ships to most major cities in Ontario, BC, Manitoba, and Alberta. They will be expanding to Quebec and the Maritimes in coming months.
Chef's Plate is putting Canadians back in the kitchen. By delivering easy-to-follow recipes and fresh pre-portioned ingredients right to your door, we take the guesswork out of cooking and have made food fun again! No more Sunday night grocery store lines, no more hunting for recipes – we handle everything so you can relax and enjoy the cooking experience!
There are two plans available: The "2-Person Plan" includes market fresh meals for two and the "Family Plan" includes market fresh meals for four. Once you've selected your plan, decide if you'd like to receive 2, 3, or 4 recipes per week. Plans are priced per plate. For example, if you purchase a 2-Person Plan with two recipes per week, that's four plates. The "2-Person Plan" is $10.95 per plate (serving) and the "Family Plan" is $9.95 per plate. The weekly delivery fee is $6 per box. I subscribe to the "2-Person Plan" with two recipes per week, which is $55.80 per week with shipping. Prices are in Canadian dollars and there is no tax.
Chef's Plate has a great referral plan too. Once you're signed up, for every friend you refer, you get 2 plates free, and your friend gets their first 3 plates free. That means your friend (and you, if you keep reading to the bottom), can get your first week for only $16.95 (based on a 2-Person Plan with two recipes).
here. I skipped week two, partly because none of the recipes appealed to me, and partly because I wasn't sure if I would be home to accept delivery. Delivery day for the Vancouver region is Tuesday. Boxes ship out via FedEx on Monday night. The food is packed in an insulated box with gel ice packs to keep everything cool. For those that reside in houses, you don't need to be home to accept delivery. FedEx will leave the box at your front door, or wherever you indicate (you can add special delivery instructions). Those in condos or secure buildings will need to be home to accept delivery, or make arrangements with a doorman or neighbour.
Recipes are released two weeks in advance and seven new recipes are available each week. There is typically one chicken dish, one beef dish, one pork, turkey, or fish dish, and three vegetarian dishes. At least one dish will be gluten free and at least one will be dairy free. You can see upcoming menus here. You can select your preferred dishes, or skip the week. If you don't make a selection, Chef's Plate will choose for you, so be sure to login and select your weekly meals! You can skip as many times as you want, or cancel any time.
The ingredients are locally sourced from Canadian producers. Vegetables are farm fresh, and arguably fresher than you would get from a supermarket. Meats are antibiotic and hormone free. Ingredients are designed to remain fresh up to five days after delivery. Items should be refrigerated as soon as the box is unpacked. Fish dishes should be cooked within two days of delivery, to ensure freshness.
My first pick for Week 3 was Fish Taquitos.
Back by popular demand our fish and sweet potato taquitos with are loaded with all the fixings, inspired by the markets of Puebla. The flaky basa fillets are cooked in Mexican chilli powder and loaded into fresh flour tortillas and served with creamy guacamole and tomato salsa.
Something new I noticed this week is full ingredients and nutrition facts. This label is affixed to the back of each meal bag. This is a nice feature!
For Fish Taquitos we have tortillas, sweet potatoes, avocado, two basa filets, Mexican Chili Powder, a garlic glove, cilantro, yellow tomatoes, a shallot, a red tomato, and a lime. Chef's Plate sends all the ingredients required, aside from oil, salt, and pepper.
The recipe is 8x11, full colour, double sided. There are step by step directions with pictures. This is considered a "medium" level recipe, but you don't need to be a chef to use Chef's Plate. Basic cooking skills are an asset, but not necessary.
Top with salsa and guacamole and that's it!
I really enjoyed this meal. I don't often cook fish at home because it kind of scares me. This dish was so easy and I realized I should not be afraid of fish. The flavours were fresh and bold. Typically when I cook Mexican inspired food I need cheese or sour cream. This dish didn't need anything extra. If you wanted to extend the meal for left overs or to serve three, add a salad or bean side dish and serve two taquitos per person instead of three.
Bursting with savoury pork filling, these soft and fluffy steamed buns deliver big flavour! Stir-fried ginger pork is tossed in a black bean sauce and complimented with pickled radishes and cucumbers. You win some you "dim sum" with this recipe!
I was super excited about this one. I love steamed buns. I dubbed this recipe "Asian Sloppy Joes".
Once again, I was really pleased with my Chef's Plate experience. The meals were very tasty, and I would definitely cook both recipes again. They were quick and easy, which is perfect for after a long day of work. I like that Chef's Plate gives you everything you need, with minimal food waste. I'm terrible for throwing out produce because I don't use it. I strongly suspect that Chef's Plate is actually saving me money, from less eating out and less food waste. I need to look into this theory more! I know some people are concerned about the amount of packaging waste, but everything is reusable or recyclable. Even the gel ice packs are recyclable. PMD Recycling has a monthly drop off depot near my house, so soft plastics (bags, etc) that can't go in my blue bin go there. If your local city recycling program doesn't accept soft plastics, check for a company in your area that takes those items (PMD also takes Styrofoam, foil packets, and loads more).
I've already selected my meals for the next two weeks. For August 23rd delivery I picked Korean Steak Stir-Fry and Lemon Pepper Chicken.
For August 30th delivery, I selected a Pork Spring Roll Bowl and Avocado & Black Bean Tostados. You may notice a trend. I'm all about Mexican, Asian, and... chicken.
Keep an eye out for upcoming reviews. I'm not sure I can keep up with reviewing every week, but I will sure try.
If you are interested in trying Chef's Plate, you can get your first THREE plates for FREE! That's a $33 savings. Simply use my referral link here, or enter my referral code #3platesFromcdnboxaddict in the promo code section at checkout. On a "2-Person 2 recipe plan", your first week will only be $10.95, plus $6 shipping. After that you can continue with your subscription, skip as many weeks as you want, or cancel.
Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before