The Chefs Feed iPhone app allows you to dine with confidence in many major cities across the US. This free Food & Drink app is a “chef-powered restaurant guide” that will turn you on to 1000’s of personal chef favorites. Find out where 100’s of our nation’s top chefs eat when at home. Discover what their favorite local dishes are and what local restaurants you may have overlooked.
Currently, there are only 20 listed cities in the Chefs Feed app: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver/Boulder, Hawaii, Houston, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington DC. But if you don’t see your city listed, you can put in a request to have it added.
Getting Started with Chefs Feed
You’ll find a lot of familiar chef names in this app, especially if you’re a serious food connoisseur or a fan of Top Chef, a reality chef-competition show. Some of the included chefs are: Eric Ripert, Wolfgang Puck, Thomas Keller, Hugh Acheson, Emeril, Bryan Voltaggio, Mary Sue Milliken, and many others.
To get started in Chefs Feed, you’ll need to Sign up with Facebook or your email, and create your Chefs Feed Profile. Getting around in this free Food & Drink app is easy enough, just follow the main navigation buttons: Feed, Chefs & Dishes, Feed Me Now, and Profile. To begin your search, you’ll need to select your “Home” city first. The listed chefs are generated based on the city selection.
A photo of each chef is part of the simple Chef Profile, which also lists awards and accomplishments. There are photos of each chef’s favorite dishes, chef reviews, and an opportunity to start following your favorite chefs in the app. Reading through the chef reviews will make your mouth water and have you looking for one of their suggested places to eat. I chose New Orleans because I’ve been there and love the food. I wasn’t surprised to see fried chicken from Willie Mae’s Scotch House listed as a favorite among many local chefs. As a matter of fact, whenever you select any listed dish, you’ll get all the compiled chef reviews for that specific dish.
The Feed Me Now category is the quickest way to access the type of food you’re hungry for. I like this best because it takes all the chef selected dishes and lists them in alphabetical order with a food dish photo and price range for quick access to the food you want. There are other convenient filters in this area to help you narrow your search as well.
One nice feature about the Chefs Feed app is the OpenTable functionality. However, not all listed restaurants have this feature available. OpenTable helps you find a table and confirm dining reservations right on your phone. You can also view a menu, other restaurant related info, and access user-generated reviews for that restaurant. User-generated reviews make me think of another useful travel and food related app that you may want to check out. It’s called Yelp. But even restaurants without the OpenTable functionality come with access to map directions and a phone number.
Like most other apps, Chefs Feed tries to make things as social as possible, which is why they encourage you to follow your favorite chefs, invite friends and interact in a food centric community. Obviously you don’t have to. But if you want to, you can have a great time tagging dishes as “Plan It” or “Ate It.” Plan it is for the dishes you want to eat. When you tag a dish as “Ate It,” this allows you to rate a dish, leave a review, add a photo and share it through Facebook and Twitter. One interesting thing about your “Ate It” post is that it shows the names of the chefs that also recommended a specific dish.
In your Profile area you can keep track of the chefs and friends you’re following. You can also track food and stats (eaten dishes and planned). In the Chefs Feed area you’ll see a lot of the same, but here you see the latests chef profile updates. Of the 13 chefs I followed in New Orleans, 2 posted messages over a 3 day span.
Chefs Feed Overall
I liked the Chefs Feed app and am really happy to have a reputable source guide me to great food. I think travelers and serious foodies will love Chefs Feed for many reasons. The only 2 things that disappointed me about this app. The first was the lack of any real chef bio information in the Chef Profile. I think including some personal details would add a nice touch. Also, I’d like to search chefs by name and not be limited by the pre-set city filter.
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