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Fyood Kitchen Joins Portland's Foodie Family

Two of the things that bring people together easily are food and competition. Fyood Kitchen in Portland brings the two together in a way that is accessible for the public. Modelled similarly to the TV show “Chopped”, Fyood presents its customers with a box of ingredients and a challenge to create one sweet dish and one savory dish in a competition with other teams.

Maddie Purcell, the owner and creator of Fyood Kitchen, started this model on a small scale in 2016, first with her roommate, and then inviting friends over to participate in the cooking competitions. Once she was sure that there would be a market for the business, she approached the recently opened Fork Food Lab in Portland to secure business space. With help from the Portland chapter of SCORE, Maddie set up a Kickstarter campaign in 2017 to finance new equipment, and Fyood was able to scale up to five events per month, ranging from small parties to corporate team-building events.

As Maddie and Fyood Kitchen continue to use the status of Portland as a “foodie” city to secure the future of the business, the team of employees has increased to five full or part-time, in addition to two paid interns. Within the next year Maddie plans to increase the number of events from the current five per month, to three per week as she works with her SCORE mentors to find efficiencies and identify new marketing opportunities.

With a strong foundation, and a bright vision for the future, Fyood Kitchen is sure to secure its place as a fixture of Portland’s food scene, while also promoting other small businesses that contribute to making Maine a wonderful place to live or visit.

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Fyood Kitchen
Portland, Maine