Home Chef
"Home Chef (starting at $9.95 per serving) is a meal kit delivery service and subscription box that sends you all of the fresh ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes you need to make dinners, lunches, and snacks at home. Each week, members can browse an ever-changing menu of recipes (including vegetarian options) to serve 2, 4, or 6 people. You’ll receive chilled boxes of ingredients (meats, produce, spices, and more) as often as once per week in your meal delivery kit. (But Home Chef does allow you to skip weeks as frequently as you’d like.) Order $45+ worth of meals, and get free shipping!"

The Basics

  • $35.96 per month
  • Ships to US
  • Founded in 2013
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Featured Review: Home Chef Meal Kit Review Review + Coupon - December 2020

by Lindsey Morse on January 5, 2021

In our December 2020 review of Home Chef, Lindsey cooks up three recipes and gives her honest opinion on this meal kit subscription. Read on to see what she thought! Read more...

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The Basics

  • $35.96 per month
  • Ships to US
  • Founded in 2013

What We Love

  • A weekly menu that is ever-changing and full of delicious meals featuring both familiar & creative flavors
  • The convenience —Home Chef does the planning & grocery shopping for you
  • The variety—Home Chef is one of the few meal delivery services that offers breakfast, snack, & lunch items in addition to dinners
  • The new Customize It feature lets you pick which protein you want in select dishes

What You Should Know

  • Home Chef isn’t necessarily more affordable than going to the grocery store, but it’s meal kit delivery service may save on time, effort, & even food waste.
  • You should expect a good deal of packaging with each box, but Home Chef provides recycling tips.
  • Home Chef does offer vegetarian options, and sometimes their recipes will fit with vegan, paleo, or even keto plans—but not consistently.

We Recommend Home Chef If

  • You’re looking for a convenient, time-saving way to cook at home.
  • You’re new to cooking & want an easy way to learn your way around the kitchen, while ensuring a delicious meal.
  • You like the idea of getting snacks, breakfasts, & other small meals with your order (something other meal kits don't provide).

How Do Subscribers Rate Home Chef?

Star Rating Overview

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Featured Home Chef Reviews

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January 10, 2021
My husband and I had been using Home Chef for a year, but just cancelled our service. The service started off great even when the recipes started getting remarkably similar and the vegetable side was too often squash. Over the last few months, I found myself contacting them at least once or twice a month with issues that they don’t seem to care about. Due to the lack of care when packing our box, too often was there a puncture or tear in a package of meat causing blood or goo to get all over everything. Sometimes we paid for a fancier meat like filet mignon and didn’t get it. Other times, vegetables were soft, wilted, and the issue that caused the cancellation was that we received a garlic clove that had mold growing on it! The quality of ingredients has gone completely down hill and it’s no longer acceptable considering this isn’t a cheap service. If you had asked me a year ago if I recommend, I would have said yet, but now, heck no!! Do not waste your hard-earned money for inedible ingredients and poor customer service.
May 11, 2020
Ingredients are not of quality. It really would taste better and be more cost effective to go on YouTube and try to teach yourself how to cook.
January 27, 2020
I have been doing Home Chef for over a year and I love it! The only issue I've ever had was it was late once but that due to the FedEx and the snow...The meals are wonderful and easy. I would definitely recommend.
May 25, 2019
Got my 2nd box this month, The first box was missing ingredients and the ice pack exploded all over. They told me to just wash the food and it was fine to eat. UM NO! Threw out the box. The next box arrived yesterday at 9AM. It was warm and the ice all melted! Had to throw out that box too. Now I am out a hefty amount of money, and have used zero boxes.
November 1, 2018
Got Home Chef on a groupon deal, I have used Blue apron for a long time so I though a new company might be fund to try out. Sadly I was hella wrong. They were awful! First box arrived with the meat warm and the gel pack exploded on everything. I emailed them and they literally told me to wash everything off it would be fine. I said no, and called them back. Finally got a manager, sent pictures, and even a video, plus links to how the stuff is toxic when adsorbed into the fresh veggies. They finally agreed to send me out a new box, in two weeks. It was the small fmaily size and not the large, plus it was missing two major ingredients. I won't use them ever again1
June 26, 2017
Our family subscribes to Home Chef as well as 4 other food subscription services. Home Chef is the best deal for your $$$ in my opinion. Plus.... the meals are the most kid friendly I am discovering.
May 3, 2017
home chef has a deal on groupon when i tried to use the deal which brought the meals down to 50 dollars for 2 boxes i went to home chef to use and the website said coupon expired i knew it had to be wrong since i just bought it so i called their customer help line spoke to a very un pleasent lady there she gave me the impression that that the company does not like groupon even tho they sell the meal packs there hello fresh great food wonderful customer serivce great food i will go back there they loved groupon and were very happy to walk me threw the process then i tried burgerbox on gilt wonderful seirvce groupon wonder serivce bought a gilt discount gave it to the lady on burger box the code for gilt and she send me the box pleasent happy great food me i love groupon and glit the food boxes are priced high my view but with gilt and groupon i am glad to try them so far i think hello fresh and buger box are the best xoxo dorothy
April 30, 2017
Wait!! The review below is from my experience with Hello Fresh, not Home Chef! I apologize for the misunderstanding! Home Chef also has some good recipes, but from my experience with 2 different deliveries, the produce isn't always fresh. In the boxes I have received, the yellow bell pepper was bad with mold inside, the cilantro sent for two different recipes was bad and slimy, the shredded carrots were had white slime on them and stuck so bad! So, unfortunately, I won't be ordering from them also. I live the idea of the food delivery boxes, I just need to find the right one!
April 30, 2017
Wait!! The review below is from my experience with Hello Fresh, not Home Chef! I apologize for the misunderstanding! Home Chef also has some good recipes, but from my experience with 2 different deliveries, the produce isn't always fresh. In the boxes I have received, the yellow bell pepper was bad with mold inside, the cilantro sent for two different recipes was bad and slimy, the shredded carrots were had white slime on them and stuck so bad! So, unfortunately, I won't be ordering from them also. I live the idea of the food delivery boxes, I just need to find the right one!
April 30, 2017
I loved the recipes with Home Chef, but had problems with delivery. My first box was never delivered and I kept having to go back and forth with customer service (frustrating to say the least!). They did credit me so I could order another box. This one was delivered with no problems, but they charged my PayPal account for $10 even though I had enough credit on my account to cover the entire cost. So, back to customer service I go! No one could see the charges to my PayPal account. After dealing with several people they transferred me to a "billing specialist" who was supposed to contact me. Of course, they never did. I have also repeatedly asked them to close my account after experiencing so many problems, but that hasn't been done either. So, I have $10 on an account I will NEVER use and I have to keep going into the app to "skip" the shipments. The food was really good and I loved the recipes, but with so many other problems I will find another home delivery service to use.

FAQ

What is Home Chef & how does it work?
Home Chef (starting at $9.95 per serving) is a meal kit delivery service that sends you the fresh ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes you need to make home-cooked meals for you and your family. Choose to receive breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks as often as once per week. Set meal plan preferences and leave it to Home Chef to do the meal planning for you, or choose your recipes yourself from their ever-changing weekly menus. (You can even hand-pick the meat and protein you’d like for select recipes using their Customize It feature.)

Each Home Chef meal kit box contains the meats, produce, spices, and other ingredients you’ll need to create your week’s recipes. Note that you’ll be expected to supply staple ingredients, such as olive oil, salt, pepper, and water, as well as common cooking tools like simple pots, pans, mixing bowls, a good knife, and utensils like forks and spoons. Additionally, each Home Chef meal kit contains pre-portioned ingredients, meaning you’ll only receive as much of an ingredient as you need for the recipe. (No leftover ingredients going to waste in your fridge.)

How much does Home Chef cost?
Home Chef’s standard meals start at $9.95 per serving, but their snacks, breakfasts, and lunches run for even less per serving. You’re able to choose whether you want a meal plan that includes 2 servings or 4 servings. Keep in mind that orders over $45 get free shipping. Your actual price per week will depend on the number of servings and meals per week in your food delivery plan, plus add-ons and additional meal choices.
What kind of food is on the Home Chef menu? Do they have vegetarian options?
Home Chef offers a wide variety of familiar and creative flavors in their ever-changing weekly menus. They do always offer vegetarian meals, but while you may find vegan, paleo, keto, or gluten-free meals on the menu, they don’t appear consistently. Some of the dishes we’ve gotten recently include: Crispy Prosciutto and Mushroom Farfalle with Garlic Bread, French Onion Chicken with Arugula Salad and White Balsamic Vinaigrette, BBQ Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl with Farro and Ranch Dressing, and Ciabatta Tuna Melt. Note that you can preview all Home Chef recipes and meal options before you order them, so you can double-check that the ingredients, calorie counts, and time commitment are to your liking.
Where can I find this week’s Home Chef menu?
See what’s on Home Chef’s menu this week on their Our Menu page.

About the Brand

"This weekly meal kit delivery service makes cooking easier, faster, and healthier. Every weekly delivery comes with new 30-minute recipes and fresh, pre-portioned ingredients. When you subscribe, you can choose your preferences, including what you like to eat and what you'd like to omit. (Vegetarian options are available!)"

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