Be honest, we've all faked it occasionally. And really, as long as the other person doesn't find out, there's no harm. You know what we're talking about — serving a pre-prepared meal and claiming you made it yourself. You hide the packaging and serve it in your own crockery ... and no one's the wiser.
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This concept has been taken to a whole new level by UK catering service Housebites, which delivers a "home-cooked meal" along with all the dirty pots and pans used to cook it, to create the illusion you've spent hours in the kitchen slaving away over the stove for your guests' enjoyment.
The idea came about after the company noticed their customers taking to social media to request it, or as founder and CEO Simon Prockter says, "Customer feedback on social networks continues to drive innovation ... it's harmless fun, so we thought we'd see if we could help them out with some added authenticity."
The meals are made to taste like home cooking and cost around $15-18 per person, with an extra charge of $8 for the dirty pans. What's more, Housebites gives customers a refund of $4 if they wash up the "evidence" themselves.
Prockter says, "If people are willing to go the extra mile for authenticity and do the washing up, then we're willing to reward the commitment to their ruse."
Let's hope none of the guests asks too many questions about how it was made.
The jury is still out as to whether this is a great idea, or the epitome of laziness in our society. What's your opinion? Would you use a similar service if it was available in Australia?
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