Wednesday 16 September 2015 8:32 am

"Tinder for food" startup Foodmood wants to revolutionise Londoners' lunch breaks

Whether you’re scoffing down the week’s third meal deal by your desk or just unable to find a decent lunch restaurant nearby, office lunches have a tendency to be, well, mindnumbingly dull.

There must be a better way.

A new London startup reckons there is. Launching itself as a “Tinder for food”, Foodmood’s app promises it can revolutionise Londoners’ lunch breaks.

Just swipe “yum” or “yuk” on photos of dishes in your area. In time, the app’s algorithm will learn enough to know, hopefully, what you like and what you’re in the mood for, as founder Charles Fattouche explains:

When looking at a dish, the human brain instantly captures multiple features from the type of cuisine to minor details such as the use of specific ingredients or the way they have been cooked. Our algorithm is designed to mimic that behaviour.

Foodmood is the latest startup hoping to surf on the wave of success for the ridiculously popular dating app, as concepts in what we might call the “Tinder for anything” category already include Tinder for travellers (Tripr), for dogs (BarkBuddy) and for jobs (Blonk).