A Healthy Gourmet Food Delivery Experience with Ichef Concepts

Sample lunch from Ichef Concepts: Blackened Beef with ox feet sauce, mushrooms, blackened jerkins, raddish and some salad greens with red wine dressing

Sample lunch from Ichef Concepts: Blackened Beef with ox feet sauce, mushrooms, blackened jerkins, raddish and some salad greens with red wine dressing

I had the pleasure of indulging myself with the creativity and passion of Ichef Concepts for nutrition and food. If I can come up with my own formula for their company, it would be:

 Gourmet + Nutrition + Creativity + Food Delivery = Ichef Concepts

The box

Every morning, Ichef makes sure to deliver a box of meals to be prepared and indulged for the next day.

I’m not a newbie when it comes to health, wellness, and food delivery. I’ve researched and tried a lot of these things for my Mom since 2010.

We searched and tried alternative and healthy stuff. We also tried organic groceries and food deliveries in the Metro. To this day, I try my best to live healthier especially when it comes to the food I eat. I also enjoy watching lifestyle and food shows on TV more than teleseryes.

What’s inside the box on my first day with Ichef Concepts? *The meals are labeled if it needs to be chilled, frozen, or reheated in a microwave. There’s also a note about the menu of the day and simplified instructions per meal. I personally stopped using microwave oven for health reasons. For my meals, I reheat them on a pan.

What’s inside the box on my first day with Ichef Concepts?
*The meals are labeled if it needs to be chilled, frozen, or reheated in a microwave. There’s also a note about the menu of the day and simplified instructions per meal. I personally stopped using microwave oven for health reasons. For my meals, I reheat them on a pan.

It’s good to be acquainted with Ichef Concepts. I got curious on what type of food delivery they have since there are already a number of them who offer this kind of service.

So I asked and “grilled” (just kidding) Chef Allan of Ichef. And he was gracious enough to answer my eagerness to learn more about his company. I don’t just try any products (including food) or service; I research and study them first before I share them.

Breakfast

Day 1’s Breakfast: Onion tart with smoked fish and caviar, topped with anchovy dressing, pickles and onion ash.
(Not a fan of tarts in the morning {Filipinos like rice hehe} but this one was nice for a change. I like how the anchovy dressing complemented the onion tart.)

For those curious “foodnatics” like me, here are some details on what Ichef Concepts is about:

JM: What is Ichef Concepts?

Chef Allan: We do daily food delivery, the healthy stuff but our philosophy is very different from the other providers. We are more concerned with the nutritional value rather than just the crash and fad diets available. Although we count calories as well, our main focus is putting nutrition back to your diet.

We really position our products for those who are well traveled and are exposed to this kind of food. It’s hard to explain our food to the people endorsing the budget daily delivery services. Though part of my vision is for this kind of well thought of food, using all natural, nutritious and healthy ingredients be accepted in the mainstream, not just in the niche market. Eventually, I am hoping that people demand more from food providers. I want our food to show people that it is possible to make this kind of food daily, delivered and served at a reasonable price.

Our food is 95% made in house. Most of the items that we can do, we create from scratch, ensuring that we can control the quality of ingredients that we use. We veer away from artificial stuff and try to incorporate a wide variety of ingredients (grains, protein, vegetables, fruits, nuts, etc.) to provide the best bang-for-your calorie buck.

Lunch

Lunch: Pork crackling in spicy tomato sauce, seasoned with a little balsamic and each bite with tuna mayonnaise. Chicharon with mortadela yogurt and veggies on the side.
(The pork was tender and nice with the tomato sauce, which wasn’t that spicy. I like that my vegetables are fresh and still had that crunch. I tried just a little tuna mayo with my pork since it was unusual for me to combine my pork with tuna. The chicharon was a nice touch for any one not to feel “deprived” too. Haha. )

JM: I saw that one of your menus include pork? How can you say that it’s something healthy/nutritious?

Chef Allan: Personally, I believe that the best diet still is a balanced diet without omitting any food groups, since there are unique nutrients and health benefits from each ingredient. What I try to stay away from are artificial and unhealthy processed products, which we also practice in all the food that we do. But we can customize our food if our clients have certain preferences. 

Dinner

Dinner: Fish roulade, shrimp “skin” in sauce American with a little seafood oil, grilled shrimp ceviche, grilled corn relish, shrimp crackers.
(I liked the shrimp ceviche more than the fish roulade. I think I had too much seafood from this meal since I felt a little weird after eating my dinner. I remember my allergologist who told me that I was allergic to a number of seafood. I wrote, “was” because I still eat and try to enjoy them. ;)

JM: You mentioned that you create most of your food items from scratch. What are these items? Tell me more.

Chef Allan: For the ingredients and condiments, 70% of all items in the menu are made in-house. Dressings: All dressing that we use (mayonnaise is store bought to control fat and sanitation of egg based mayo).
Cheese: homemade ricotta, homemade smoked cheese. Flavored vinegars: beet, rosemary, thyme, bay, basil, and lemon. Oils: all infused oils (chili, harissa, herbed oils, lemon, seafood, bacon, charcoal, etc).
Spread: cheese spread, dill yogurt, etc.
Meats: all cooked meat preparation, smoked meats, sausage, fish. Salts: all salts are kosher salt based then processed in house (smoked, infused with aromatics, etc).
Bread: flat bread, black chapatti, all short breads. 
There are more. So more or less, down to the smallest garnish and condiment we do it in-house if we can do it better and do it healthier. We sometimes overlook the cost just to make a better product. 

Surprise

I get excited each time a new box arrives! I always anticipate what meals I’ll have next. Congrats Ichef for tapping my “learner” side.

Types of food and services that IChef Concepts offers:

EAT SMART DIET SYSTEM Promoting a complete and well balanced diet with a vast selection of food items. ( 1300-1500 calories/ day) 3 meals 1 snack

COHEN FRIENDLY MEALS Based on the studies of Dr Cohen. Promoting minimal fats, sugars and carbs to curb weight. Regulates your metabolism by allowing you to eat frequent low calorie meals. (900-1000 calories/ day) 3 meals 1 snack

PARTY FOOD Creative family style platters, delivered fresh.

FOOD CONSULTANCY Turn your food ideas into reality.

Lunch

Lunch (day 3): Chicken roulade, confit chicken wing, currant couscous in red chicken curry, topped with cashews and seasoned with cilantro green sauce, white mint yogurt per bite, tomato salad on the side.
(I’m not sure if I over reheated the chicken but it came out kind of mushy for my taste. What I loved about this meal though was the couscous and the different fusion of the curry, yogurt, and cilantro sauce. I also loved the “tomato salad” on the side. Anything with tomatoes is love.)

Personally, I really enjoyed my healthy gourmet experience with Ichef. Their concept for a healthy food delivery service deserves kudos.

As I’m already svelte (I like this term better than thin), I definitely don’t need to diet. But I want to know and discover more how I could have a proper and balanced food intake every day. I want to feed my body right.

Lunch (day 4): Braised smoked pork voluete, truffle risotto, mushrooms brined raddish red wine sauce drizzled with charcoal oil and topped with parmesan and hazelnuts. (I like the pork because it was tender and it tasted nice with the sauce and parmesan.)

Lunch (day 4): Braised smoked pork voluete, truffle risotto, mushrooms brined raddish red wine sauce drizzled with charcoal oil and topped with parmesan and hazelnuts.
(I like the pork because it was tender and it tasted nice with the sauce and parmesan.)

I also try to stay away from pork especially starting this week when a friend sent me this article. I like eating pork from time to time but even a long time ago, we tried to avoid it at home.

I’m hoping that Ichef Concepts can help me more on these as I suggested for my next meals not to include pork. (Maybe there’s an exemption like the candied bacon, which was really something though).

I wonder if they can have a special system for people like me who don’t want to loose weight but who want to have the proper nutrients and gain more strength and energy?

Ref

Save some space in your chiller for Ichef Concepts meals. This was how a part of my chiller looked like.

I’m quite excited on the other food concepts that Ichef will offer soon. I hope there would be more people who will support and take advantage of this kind of food service.

Breakfast

Breakfast (day 4): Banana pudding with chocolate tapioca and chopped candied bacon, coffee.
(Another quick breakfast! The pudding wasn’t that sweet, which is good. After taking a photo of this, I put all the tapiocas on my pudding, and tried to save my candied bacon. I loved the candied bacon so much! I wish Ichef can pack them as a snack, which I can bring as baon.)

I’m also impressed that they make most of their items from scratch. Their unique menus certainly showed the time, creativity, research, and kind of effort they exert to accomplish such healthy gourmet meals delivered to their clients’ homes.

Snack

Sample Snack (day 4): Vegetable sticks in dill yogurt, lemon tea.
(I hope there were more veggies. But then again, this was just a snack.)

I enjoyed discovering each meal, plating, and photographing them.

Dinner (day 4): Mixed greens with alfalfa sprouts, parma ham, confit potato, orange supreme, orange dressing, shrimp crackers. (I like this salad minus the confit potatoes. And I’ll like it more if there were more sprouts on it. I’m a fan of this quick, easy, and healthy dinner especially after a long day of work.)

Dinner (day 4): Mixed greens with alfalfa sprouts, parma ham, confit potato, orange supreme, orange dressing, shrimp crackers.
(I like this salad minus the confit potatoes. And I’ll like it more if there were more sprouts on it. I’m a fan of this quick, easy, and healthy dinner especially after a long day of work.)

I’m curious on how many people are interested in this kind of meals?

Breakfast

Breakfast (day 3): Polenta shortbread in orange-rosemary essence, homemade cheese, balsamic syrup and fresh oranges on the side.
One of my favorite quick breakfast meals from IChef! I was surprised to enjoy the polenta shortbread so much. I like eating it together with the fresh oranges. The homemade cheese was also fantastic. And the balsamic syrup? I loved it! I like this combo very much. Another “I-wish-this-was-in-a-snack-container” moment.

Send me a comment or message on how you find this kind of food service. I’m hoping to work on some possible special treats for Hearty Chowder friends too.

For more information about Ichef Concepts, send them an email at info.ichef@yahoo.com or contact them at 0917 884 2433. You may also visit their Facebook page here

P.S.Happy Mother’s day to all amazing Moms out there! ♡♡♡

Every morning of Mother’s Day, I used to have flowers delivered for my Mama and surprise her. Since she’s already up there watching over us today and enjoying all the kinds of flowers that we could ever imagine in heaven, I’m just sending this one (virtually) to all mommies out there! Thank you for your sacrificial and selfless love to so many people besides your kids.  Happy Mother’s Day!

Every morning of Mother’s Day, I used to have flowers delivered for my Mama and surprise her. Since she’s already up there watching over us today and enjoying all the kinds of flowers that we could ever imagine in heaven, I’m just sending this one (virtually) to all mommies out there! Thank you for your sacrificial and selfless love to so many people besides your kids. Happy Mother’s Day!

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