Shef Raises $73.5M in Series B

Shef, a San Francisco, CA-based chef-to-consumer marketplace, closed a $73.5m Series B funding round last year.

The round, which brought total funding raised to date to more than $100m, was led by CRV, with participation from Andreessen Horowitz and Amex Ventures, celebrity chefs Andrew Zimmern (Bizarre Foods), Carla Hall (The Chew, Top Chef), Kristen Kish (Top Chef, Iron Chef)and Nyesha Arrington (Next Level Chef); athletes Russell Westbrook, Odell Beckham Jr. and Candace Parker; comedians Jimmy O. Yang and Lilly Singh; entrepreneur and author Tony Robbins; Visa CFO Vasant Prabhu; AngelList founder Naval Ravikant; Poshmark founder Manish Chandra; and former Airbnb executives Belinda Johnson and Joe Zadeh. They joined a long list of existing investors including Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom, Aarón Sánchez, Andre Iguodala, and Alexis Ohanian.

The round also included $7M in venture debt.

The company intends to use the funds to expand nationwide.

Founded by Joey Grassia and Alvin Salehi, Shef is a chef-to-consumer marketplace that enables talented local cooks to connect directly with customers in their community and earn a meaningful income selling authentic, homemade dishes. The service is currently available in several markets across the United States, including San Francisco, New York, New Jersey, Seattle, Chicago, Houston, Austin, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and Atlanta, with plans to expand nationwide this year.