The power of eating together

When we think about the health benefits of food we almost exclusively consider the nutritional value of what’s on our plates – the amount of protein in our diet or how much salt we consume. But if we look up from our carefully balanced plate and around the table   (or often sofa) many of us may see that we are missing out on another key health benefit of dinner time – enjoying food with friends and family.

Food is so much more than just fuel – gathering together for a meal is a great opportunity to reconnect and share experiences with the people in our lives. But at a time when so many of us eat ‘al desko’ or whilst watching Netflix (guilty), making time to sit down to dinner with family or get together with friends even just a couple of times a week is more important than ever. And while there are many activities that can offer quality time with family and friends, sharing a meal brings its own specific benefits that other activities just can’t offer.

  • Improves mental and physical health: social eating has been linked to a multitude of benefits for the mind especially for children and adolescents such as improving self esteem, enhancing empathetic skills, relieving stress and reducing the risk of developing an eating disorder. Eating in a group can even improve digestion because interaction with others increases heart rate variability which in turn stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system – also known as the “rest and digest” branch of the nervous system.
  • Friendship: over 50% of us want to spend more time with friends but on average we only spend around 5% of our time socialising every week. A great way to maximise this precious quality time we do have with friends is by sitting down to a delicious meal together. This is because the very act of eating itself triggers a similar rush of endorphins to the kind associated with exercise, making eating the perfect way to bond, to strengthen current friendships, revive old connections and initiate new ones.

Though eating with friends and family is known to be beneficial we still invite people over for dinner less frequently than we did 5 years ago. It’s not that we don’t enjoy attending a dinner party – it’s that we don’t like to host. Some of the most common reasons we have for not hosting a dinner party are: not having enough time to prepare a big dinner, not being good enough at cooking to prepare a 3 course meal and the hassle of cleaning up after cooking.

So what’s the solution to spending time together over great food when there’s no time for cooking, especially when you add kids into the equation? Going to a restaurant with kids in tow isn’t exactly stress free and Deliveroo isn’t as appealing as a home cooked meal or dinner in a restaurant. Ideally someone else could do the cooking at home so you can relax and just enjoy the fun part of hosting a dinner party – spending well-earned quality time with your guests. Yhangry makes this possible. We offer personal chefs in your home, without the usual priciness or stuffiness of most other personal chef experiences.

Yhangry is a female-led startup that is transforming dining at home. We are reinventing at-home dinner parties by making personal chefs more accessible. Dining in the comfort of your own home means no need to find a babysitter or spend time travelling and best of all you can enjoy your drink of choice without the restaurant markup! By leveraging technology we are able to provide a private chef dinner in the privacy and comfort of the home starting from just £10 per person or from just £100 for a 3 course meal for 6 people – including groceries and chef cost.

Our website allows you to curate your own personalised menu from a huge selection of dishes, across seven different cuisines, or simply select from our carefully chosen set menus. Whether it’s a family dinner or a get together with friends, Yhangry takes care of the food so you can focus on making memories.