The transition from being a first year to a second year, more specifically having a full meal plan to no meal plan at all, left us pressed for time and unaware of how to feed ourselves other than through Pop Tarts and Ramen. We struggled to put together meals with the ingredients in our fridge in a restricted amount of time. KitchenBuddy directly addresses this struggle with a few additional features!
What it does
KitchenBuddy allows the user to search for recipes through specified restrictions such as ingredients you already have on hand, dietary preferences, and amount of time to cook. It searches through a database of over 2 million recipes and returns the top 50 results adhering to your options. The results are ordered by an additional feature, percent of ingredients matched, allowing the use to gain a sense of how many additional ingredients he/she will need to utilize.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud of creating a visually aesthetic layout that is intuitive to use and actually addresses a common issue among college students that can be expanded into any audience interested in cooking. We are excited to overcome and all of the setbacks we ran into and are able to submit a complete working product under the given time constraints.
What we learned
We learned that it is important to be able to be flexible and open-minded in terms of how you envisioned the product to be utilized. It is critical to be able to learn new tools quickly and be able to transition to code in a completely new language if needed.
What's next for QuickCook CookBook
Although QuickCookCookBook is fully functional, there’s plenty of room for improvement. On the user experience side, the website requires more attention to detail, such as color scheme and text contrast against images. Behind the scenes, our website can be improved by refining our algorithm for showing the matches. We want to expand the product onto different platforms, specifically a mobile application.