It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional chef or a self-proclaimed foodie. The truth is that you love food and you deserve to have access to a wide variety of food ideas, recipes, and tools at all times. If you’re an iPhone carrier, these apps will make it easier than ever before to keep up with current food trends.
Found at www.chefsfeed.com, this is an incredible website for foodies, by chefs. The website features tons of great dishes and ideas, showcasing trends at restaurants from around the world. You can search the site by dish or by chef – and there are some great pros showcased. They’ve also got a network on YouTube and a “chef-powered” restaurant guide. This is one app you need for ideas and inspiration.
We all know how useful Evernote can be for organizing ideas, notes, and to-do lists. Evernote has a separate food app which you can use to take notes about your food ideas, thoughts, visions, and inspirations. Saw a great dish while out? Take a picture of it. You can add tags, write descriptions, and be as detailed as you’d like so you can find the food again later or attempt to recreate it on your own. This is a fun app, but now one of the most functional – though it has promise in growth. It’s also free.
The Professional Chef by the Culinary Institute of America
This one comes with a hefty $50 pricetag, but it’s well worth the investment for professional chefs and students. The book itself is known as “the bible for all chefs,” and has a stunning reputation. The app features videos, notes that other chefs using the book have added to the app, interactive enhancements, and more. You can write in the book, search for notes, scan chapter info, take quizzes if you’re in school, and access social media networks as well. This is a must have for professionals and serious students.
Food Network: Cupcakes!
Cupcakes are incredibly popular. Have you ever seen Cupcake Wars? The ideas these bakers come up with for tastes, textures, and fillings are outrageous. This app includes a number of guides for decorating, choosing ingredients, creating frosting, and ultimately blowing any New Years diet you thought you might go on. This app is $2.99 and works with the iPad.
Mario Batali Cooks
This app comes with a $9.99 price tag but features some of the most popular Mario Batali recipes available. Mario claims to have created all of the content for this app himself, including not only 60+ recipes but a wide variety of kitchen technique videos and still images as well. You’ll love learning to cook Italian style cuisine with Chef Batali.
There are literally hundreds of other options for you to browse online as you’re learning to cook. Check out food apps, kitchen apparel, cookware, and savory ingredients while you’re at it. Maybe 2014 will be the year you transform your kitchen!