Rouxbe 3.0 Status Update: Step 2

by · May 9, 2009

Related to this previous post

First of all thank you all for your feedback. Cooking school lessons will be resuming shortly (next week). We’ve been working on many lessons such as vegetables, soups and fish during the last month in addition to our strategic planning work.

We’ve compiled feedback from various sources now and I’d like to take this opportunity to present a summary of our feedback from you. I hope that we have captured it all but feel free to take this last opportunity to send along your last minute requests keeping in mind our focus on things that help people become better cooks.

Next step is to prioritize this list based on our business and our user’s goals and objectives. We will send this out via the blog by Tuesday of next week along with compiling any last minute submissions.

We can’t do everything at this time, but I certainly like the ideas you have all submitted. Here’s the master list as of today sorted only by category, not priority.

Search & Discovery

  • more sort topics (e.g. meat, poultry, fish, etc)
  • sorting by reverse date
  • sorting by relevance to cooking school lessons
  • alphabetical sorting
  • remove desserts from vegetarian sorting
  • glossary or library of the whole site
  • global site search (not independent to each page)
  • better bookmarking (drill downs and lessons too)
  • more tags and the use off multiple tags (e.g. mains and meat)
  • sort by ethnicity

Blog & Community

  • see most recent articles in sidebar
  • ability to edit submitted comment replies
  • integrate blog into main site (higher profile link on main site page and doesn’t open in new window.
  • connect & communicate with other students in the school


  • more recipes
  • pancakes from scratch
  • preserves
  • ability to add personal private comments to recipes
  • a list of classic dishes that would be taught in cooking school for example
  • more spice mixes like the Moroccan spice mix
  • opera cake


  • links directing users to site that require signup, should take users directly to content after signup
  • ability to customize my rouxbe to my preferences

Video display

  • larger version of video (e.g. full screen or at least 480p)

Lessons & School

  • add a tutorial or info on where to start in the school
  • the ability to jump into a discussion on a lesson from anywhere
  • printable version of school lessons
  • stirfrys (macro drill-downs)
  • information on flavor profiling
  • herbs (what goes with what)
  • vegetables
  • provide a certificate of completion
  • semester / mid term quizzes
  • baking
  • soups
  • fats and oils
  • beans and legumes
  • condiments
  • food safety
  • fish
  • sous vide


  • more rouxbe news


  • better design differentiation to make the site easier to understand and navigate


  • how to navigate the site
  • how to upload
  • how to share a recipe

Other Info & Ideas

  • iphone app (recipes and school)
  • how to stock the cupboard / pantry
  • make all lessons free (advertising)
  • no advertising (will interfere with user experience)
  • vegetable substitutions
  • how to perk up not so fresh produce
  • highlight key seasonal ingredients
  • video encyclopedia or library on products (where to buy, how to buy, how to make, origins, etc)
  • growing herb & vegetable gardens
  • wine pairing for recipes
  • local and seasonal information
  • ideas for dinner party menus
  • specialty diets and allergies (alternatives)
  • personal cookbook (ability to make copy of favorite recipes for gifts (iphoto)
  • metric please (measurements)
  • menu planning and execution
  • side pairings for recipes

That’s it so far. Check back early next week and we will begin to pair it down and give you a sneak peak at a few planned design changes?stay tuned

BTW… What is your favorite cooking school lesson so far?


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