People who eat more home-prepared food tend to have higher dietary quality and are less likely to be living with obesity. Whilst many people face a range of barriers to preparing more of their food at home, others are exploring ways to monetise their interests in cooking.
Online marketplaces such as cookmygrub.com and homecookeduk.com provide opportunities for home cooks to sell hand prepared food locally. Other, less formal, arrangements exist on social media platforms such as Facebook Marketplace. Local selling of hand prepared food via these more and less formal routes could have important public health implications.
This studentship will begin to explore these implications. A range of potential questions could be explored in line with student interests, including, but not limited to: who uses these marketplaces to buy and sell food? What sort of food is available? How affordable is the food? What opportunities and threats to public health do policymakers feel these marketplaces offer?