Pantry is an ingredient first recipe app designed to make cooking more enjoyable by looking at what's in your pantry. By allowing users to search for recipes with the ingredients they have on hand, users create less food waste and create more delicious meals from what they already have.
I love to cook. But as a university student, sometimes ingredients can be scarce and expensive and time for shopping for groceries is lacking. Inspired by the French cooking technique, Mise En Place, I designed Pantry, a recipe app that works with whatever ingredients the user has on hand. The idea is to prepare all of your ingredients and set up your workplace first before getting creative, creating a less stressful and more enjoyable cooking experience.
During the research phase of this project, I wanted to fully understand the current recipe applications that are being used. By the end of my research, I interviewed 5 chefs, 1 recipe developer and 8 regular recipe users. I wanted to interview chefs to learn more about cooking processes and ways of creating a methodical cooking environment.
And then interviewing recipe developers to gain better insights into ways of providing users with easy to follow recipes. I then interviewed recipe users to gain a better understanding of the pain points of the recipe following experience.
From my research and insight we can identity a few challenges and goals for this project
While designing the onboarding experience of the app, I took a lot of inspiration from dating apps. This was to create a quick, efficient and frictionless sign-up process that also informs the app on user preferences. In this case, dietary needs and skill levels.
FEATURE: PANTRY SEARCH
At the centre of Pantry's product is the ability to search for recipes based on ingredients. When first opening the app you're invited to list the ingredients you'd like to cook with before the app curates all of the recipes based on what you've inputted.
FEATURE: COOKING MODE
From insight gathered from user interviews, reading a recipe with hands covered in food can be a stressor to a user while cooking. "Cooking Mode" is designed so that users can tap or swipe to go through each step of a recipe.
The typography is also set to allow a user to quickly identify which step they're on, the ingredients they need in a step and how far along in the recipe they are.
WHAT I LEARNED
WHAT I WOULD ADD