Toronto-based ChefHero, which allows businesses to order wholesale restaurant supplies, announced that it has launched its first US location in Chicago.

ChefHero, which recently secured a $12.6 million Series A, has developed an online marketplace that allows restaurants to order wholesale products, meats, artisanal foods, and kitchen suppliers. The company’s platform aims to help food suppliers by reducing overhead costs associated with having to pay a front-line sales team and by allowing them to receive on time payments from ChefHero.

In Chicago, ChefHero said it will provide smaller chains and individually-owned restaurants access to local Chicago-based producers. Users will also have the ability to purchase in groups, as well as compare and monitor pricing in real time.

“As Chicago continues to build its name as a major culinary epicenter, ChefHero is a welcomed solution for hundreds of local restaurants and suppliers plagued by archaic paper trails and chasing down orders and billings,” said Dana Wright, managing director at Math Venture Partners. “The app means they can order 24-hours a day and receive fast, reliable service so they can focus on customers.”

ChefHero hired Sean Hurley as its VP of marketing in March.

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