|SEASON 12 EPISODE 21|
|Pitch||home cooking learning experience featuring truffles|
|Entrepreneur||Jason McKinney and Tyler Vorce|
|Asked For||$500,000 for 5%|
|Deal||$501,000 for 18%|
What is Truffle Shuffle?
The Truffle Shuffle sells culinary experiences and other products based around truffles, rare subterranean fungi. They are a delicacy and are challenging to find, making them expensive.
Truffles have a distinct pungent smell and earthy flavor, making them ideal for recipes that require a developed palette. The Truffle Shop sells recipes, truffle-infused products, cooking experiences that include private events, and online classes.
Who Owns Truffle Shuffle?
Chef Tyler Vorce, Jason McKinney, and Jason’s wife Sarah worked together at a famous restaurant in Northern California. The restaurant used truffles as topping on some dishes.
Intrigued by how truffles elevate even the simplest recipes to elegant sophistication, the trio realized they wanted to bring their experiences with truffles to people who could not afford to cook with truffles regularly. Today the three work to bring truffle awareness to people through Truffle Shuffle.
Chefs Vorce and McKinney, and Mckinney’s wife Sarah (who worked the front end) worked together in a fancy Napa Valley restaurant. Chefs Vorce and McKinney had worked together in other Michelin Star restaurants.
However, it wasn’t until the three of them worked together at The French Laundry that they realized all three of them had a passion for truffles.
Truffles sometimes sold as counterfeits on the black market. So, they started Truffle Shuffle to bring legitimacy to the truffle market. Over time, Chef Vorce, McKinney, and Sarah grew Truffle Shuffle into a successful Shopify ecommerce business centered on responsibly sourced truffles.
What Happened After Shark Tank Update
Did Truffle Shuffle Get a Deal on Shark Tank?
On Shark Tank Season 12 Episode 21, Jason McKinney and Tyler Vorce entered the Shark Tank seeking $500,000 for 5% of their online truffle cooking classes business, Truffle Shuffle, and accepted an offer of $500,000 for 18% from Mark Cuban.