Cook My Grub - Chef's FAQ's
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What is Cook My Grub?
Cook My Grub (CMG) is a mobile platform which connects passionate home chefs with customer who are looking for authentic, healthy home cooked food. We offer both delivery as well as collection options to our customers based on their preferences.
Do I have to register my business with companies house, if I am starting my home kitchen?
Whether or not you need to register with Companies House depends on the legal structure you've chosen for your business. Sole traders do not need to register with Companies House. Instead, they must simply register with HMRC and complete an annual Self-Assessment tax return. However, if you’re starting a limited company or limited liability partnership (LLP), you are legally required to register with Companies House.
Do I need to take insurance for my home kitchen business?
Taking insurance is not legally mandatory, but we highly recommend getting the business insured to protect yourself and your customers. Even the most stringent health and safety measures can’t prevent the occasional accident – that’s the nature of working with food. Having solid insurance in place lets you get on with what’s important, without the worry. After all, you have enough on your plate without worrying about slips and spills.
What insurance do I need for my home kitchen business?
Public Liability Insurance is often a very important cover for food businesses, as it can protect you if someone is injured or their property is damaged because of your business. Many insurance providers offer between £1 million and £5 million in cover, to protect you against this cost. If you have employees, contractors, casual workers or temporary staff, you’re required by law to take out employer’s liability insurance. It’ll cover claims from employees who’ve been injured or become seriously ill as a result of working for you.
Do I need to have my FSA food hygiene rating in place to join CMG?
You don’t need to have your FSA rating before you join CMG, but you do need to register your business with your local council, so your home kitchen can be inspected and given a hygiene rating as soon as possible. However, we will be offering a free Hygiene Level 2 and Allergen certification training to all our chefs and will encourage everyone to retake the same every year. This will be good for our chefs as well as our customers.
Do you expect all the chefs/bakers to cook everyday throughout the year?
Flexibility is at the core of CMG platform. We give you a chef/baker the ability to decide when, what and how much you want to cook at your convenience.
How much does it cost to join and how much commission I will pay?
There’s a one-off joining fee of £20 (excluding VAT) and our commission is 15% (excluding VAT) on every CMG order you take. So, if you get an order worth £20, for example, our commission would be £3.60 (that’s £3.00 commission plus 60p VAT). There is also a 99p (excluding VAT) admin charge for all CMG orders which is paid by the customer.
I want to join CMG but I don't have any drivers. Can you help?
Maybe – it depends where in the UK you’re located. You’ll have a chance to tell us where you are and if you need drivers or not at the beginning of the sign-up process, we can then check if you’re in one of the areas covered by our delivery service.
How long will it take for me to be onboarded on the CMG platform?
As long as you send us all the details and documents we ask for (you can do all this through our mobile app) and you’ve signed your contract, complete the mandatory training your home kitchen can usually go online with CMG within 24 hours.
What training and support you will provide to the chefs/bakers?
We believe in continued education as the key for excellence. Our expert chefs will guide all the chefs/bakers on our platform on a regular basis by sharing exclusive content through our private YouTube Channel or email.