So… you want to know where the locals go. Don’t we all? We hit up Yelp, check the reviews, scour Urbanspoon, all in hopes that what we’re finding aligns with our own ideas of what makes the best [insert dish here] we’ve ever had.
But what would the professionals say? This is where Chefs Feed has stepped in, filling the gap between over-enthusiastic Yelp critic and bonafide industry professional.
Founded by brothers Jared and Steve Rivera, the idea for Chefs Feed spun out of a public relations firm (also founded by the brothers) that specialized in representing restaurants. One of the major issues facing the industry was all the noise created by online users, with the professionals having no way to respond. So, they created an app, built a new company around it, and Chefs Feed was born.
The interface of the app is straightforward and intuitive. You set up your information in your profile, and the home page makes recommendations based on your nearest location. And, the icing on the cake, all the spots are recommended and reviewed by actual chefs. As CEO Rich Maggiotto explains, “Why would you go anywhere but your doctor for health? Why go anywhere but a chef to find out what to eat?” Excellent point, sir.
The app makes it easy to find information. There’s nearby dishes, featured dished, featured chefs, collections, videos and featured stories. And, in the name of relating relevant information, as mentioned above, it’s based on your location. Gone are the days of wading through obscure online reviews, enter the era of getting the scoop straight from the source.
Paired with the refreshingly intelligent app, the team of Chefs Feed has launched their very own YouTube channel. Here you can find videos of opening nights at restaurants, chef interviews and demonstrations, and humorous clips with snarky titles such as “Don’t Bring Your Drink to the Bathroom,” part of the WTF Are You Doing?! series.
It’s exciting times for us foodies out there. As Maggiotto so aptly puts it, ” We [Chefs Feed] say food is the new rock and roll, and chefs are the new rock stars.” So prepare to party, and remember to pack your appetite.