CQUni student’s ‘Gathar’ cookery site gathers momentum

Published:08 October 2018

CQUni Social Innovation student Jodie Mlikota's startup "Gathar" is like 'Airbnb for cooks'.

CQUniversity Social Innovation student Jodie Mlikota has reached a new milestone with the “Gathar” startup she co-created to link cooks with dinner party hosts, officially launched online.

The peer-to-peer marketplace, known as “Airbnb for cooks” was first launched in Cairns, but with the new online marketplace, Gathar is now expanding into the Brisbane region.

“The launch of our new site has gone really well and we’ve been getting lots of enquiries and running more ‘Gatharings’,” Jodie said.

“We’ll be looking to expand into Brisbane and getting more cooks signed up with delicious new menus.”

For those who love to entertain at home, but don’t love the hard work that comes with it, Gathar connects hosts with chefs and cooks (aka Gathar Culinarians) in the local area, and users can also browse menus on the site and read reviews from past guests.

Gathar’s creation has been a quick one, with Jodie pitching the concept in Paris earlier this year. The idea has since generated a lot of interest, but Jodie acknowledges that there is much more work to be done.

“We’ll keep growing the user features of the platform, with our biggest goal to go national – and if all goes well, international,” she said.

“Once we get the growth happening we’ll look to raise investment to help with our global growth plans.

“Our tech team is also adding new features to the site and over time we plan to make it more functional for users.”

Not only is Jodie a Graduate Certificate in Social Innovation student, she also works closely with the Young Entrepreneurs Project (YEP) in Cairns, to grow innovation and entrepreneurship in the Far North Queensland region.