While many Web sites and apps devoted to dining rely on peer reviews and star ratings, a spate of new apps has eschewed this democratic approach, bypassing the masses for the experts: chefs themselves.
Where Chefs Eat, an iPhone and iPad app released this month, features about 2,300 restaurants recommended by more than 400 chefs, including René Redzepi, Andy Ricker and April Bloomfield, in 400 cities across the United States and around the world. From humble noodle shops to Michelin-starred restaurants, the app offers an eclectic mix — and is much more portable than the book version, a 704-page reference published in January.
The iPhone app Chefs Feed, which made its debut in 2011, sorts suggestions from about 700 chefs, including Mario Batali, Thomas Keller and Scott Conant, according to cuisine, price and neighborhood. The app features approximately 5,000 restaurants in 20 American cities, plus London, and the company said it will add Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal to its roster this month.
Come November, Chefs Feed will follow the lead of Where Chefs Eat, publishing its own printed guide. Chefs Feed also allows you to follow specific chefs to receive updates on their new finds. And Find. Eat. Drink., an iPhone app released in January, offers a similar service, but branches out a bit — it includes suggestions from sommeliers, bartenders and purveyors in addition to chefs.