Gousto aims to bring 1 million Brits together for a virtual dinner party

Gousto, the UK’s leading recipe box company has announced a bid to bring one million Brits together in the UK’s biggest virtual dinner party this Friday, 22 May at 8pm BST.

Hosted by Nick Grimshaw, with a lineup of celebrity guests, Gousto’s Table for 1 Million will bring the nation together in the spirit of community during the nationwide lockdown brought on by the coronavirus crisis.

The Table for 1 Million dinner party is available to everyone and free to attend. Those who book a seat at the UK’s biggest virtual dinner table will be able to choose from a list of Gousto recipes to cook before the event and share the experience with thousands of others at the event

Since the coronavirus crisis began, Gousto has placed its passion, brains, and resources towards helping the community as part of its response effort. The company has been engaging with DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) on a response effort for the vulnerable and has supported important charities such as homeless charity Shelter as well as donating the equivalent of 6,000 meals to The Trussell Trust foodbank network.

Last month, Gousto launched the Food Finder directory – a non-commercial service built by Gousto’s in-house technology team in just ten days. The platform tells shoppers which small businesses are offering food delivery services in their area during lockdown. This comes as business owners are told it could be another three weeks before shops are able to start reopening.

Currently delivering over 4 million meals each month, Gousto’s tech team has worked tirelessly to bolster capacity so the recipe box can serve even more UK households. The business is now set up to start gradually accepting new customer orders from this weekend.

Shaun Pearce, Gousto’s chief technology officer, said: “For many of us, the lockdown has highlighted the importance of shared mealtimes. At Gousto, we want to ensure everyone has the opportunity to cook and enjoy dinner together with those they love, whether in person, if they live together, or virtually if they can’t be together at this time. 

Every single member of our team has been working hard to make life during the lockdown a little easier. I’m proud that we were able to develop the Food Finder app in record time and help local businesses stay afloat during these unprecedented times. Table for 1 million is a continuation of our efforts to spread joy and build stronger communities at this time. We’re looking forward to creating great memories on Friday.”

Guests will interact with the celebrity guests – Nick Grimshaw, Paloma Faith, Katherine Ryan and David Haye – ask them questions via a live Q&A. 

Gousto recently announced further expansion and innovation plans on the back of raising £33million in funding round that included investment from “The Nation’s PE Teacher” Joe Wicks. 

The investment allows Gousto to continue to harness technology to further propel its market-leading proposition, with a particular focus on expanding its 100-strong tech team in London, accelerating innovation – including Next Day Delivery, customisation and significantly scaling up its fulfillment capacity. 

Hiring has already started for around 400 roles at the company’s existing facility in Spalding, Lincolnshire and to its technology team in the London HQ, with an aim of increasing headcount to over 1,000 employees by 2022, supporting the revitalisation of the economy. 

As the only recipe box with an automated factory, Gousto is able to offer more meal choices than any other recipe box, globally (50+ weekly recipes). It also boasts the most delivery options (seven days a week including evenings), best value (£2.98 per serving), shortest lead time (rolling out next day delivery) while helping households eliminate food waste.