Anonymity these days is passé for chefs, and anybody who is anybody has an iPhone app to back up their celebrity chefdom. Quick meals seem to be the theme of many of these apps, yet the queen of the 30-minute meals, Rachael Ray, has yet to launch an app.
So here are four celebrity chef iPhone apps that are a must-have for every foodie and wannabe domestic goddess. If you don’t see your favorite Food Network star on the list, check out the free Food Network Nighttime iPhone app for videos and more until they launch an app of their own.
While you stuff your face with potato chips on the couch while watching “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” on ABC, you can also download the Jamie Oliver 20 Minute Meals app ($7.99). Chef Oliver’s newest TV show is all about battling the way America eats and fighting the childhood obesity epidemic, so it is only fitting that his app would help us eat better in 20 minutes or less. This iPhone app is stocked with recipes, step-by-step pictures for every stage and videos galore to help you hone your kitchen skills. My favorite part is the section on how to create the essential kitchen, including the perfect pantry ingredients to keep on hand and all the equipment you need to be effective in the kitchen. If you struggle with prepping garlic or vanilla pods, you’ll love the video instruction section. You can also send the ingredients from recipes you want to try straight to a shopping list. Email the shopping list to yourself or email your mate to grocery shop for you!
Nigella Lawson is my personal favorite of the celebrity chefs and doesn’t the domestic goddess look so prim and proper holding her white iPhone on the introduction of the Nigella Quick Collection iPhone app ($7.99)? I have all of Nigella’s cookbooks, which tend to be a bit overwhelming at times because, really, who makes rabbit for dinner after work? (If you do, more power to you). This iPhone app makes her cooking much more accessible with handy how-to videos that accompany the step-by-step instructions for recipes. You can view recipes by cookbook if you are looking for a video to accompany a specific one, or check out the exclusive iPhone app recipes. This app even has voice control, so you can navigate through ingredients and recipe steps without touching your floured covered fingers to your iPhone screen. Try the recipe for Somerset Rabbit, which is not actually rabbit, but delicious cheesy muffins with English mustard. And, of course, there is a handy shopping list builder.
Models are synonymous with a lack of eating, so cooking seems an unlikely career path to choose post-fashion. But, famous for more than just her cooking, Martha Stewart went from model to mogul (and earned her stripes) in no time, complete with her own iPhone app. The Martha’s Everyday Food: Fresh and Easy Recipes iPhone app (99 cents) is modeled after the beloved mini-magazine of the same title. Simply download the app and every day, you can receive a custom push notification with that day’s easy, fresh dinner recipe. It's a quick way to spice up your family suppers!
The Tyler Florence Fast iPhone app ($4.99) is full of function. Search by name or browse a vast library of his signature recipes. Set the cooking timer to alert you with your favorite song. Email Tyler and his helpers directly from the iPhone app with questions or chat with other app users. Create meal menus and combine for a custom shopping list. It’s not at fancy as the other apps, and the videos are all from a feed, so you need Internet access to view, unlike the other apps with videos mentioned above.