Ten Top Cooking Apps for New Chefs


“What are we going to have for dinner tonight,” says little Alba to her mother. “Oh, get me the tablet and I’ll search for an easy recipe” replies her mother. There is no doubt that technology has invaded every aspect of our lives, with the kitchen being no exception.

The days of attending cooking classes in order to learn the art of cooking are now a thing of the past. You will find children barely eight years old donning the skills of a professional chef. This is because of the hundreds and thousands of cooking apps with detailed recipes, pictures, videos and how-to-do tutorials that take one through a complete step by step process in preparing a meal from start to finish.

However, due to the numerous cooking apps, it is a bit of a chore to select the best ones. You must pay for some apps, while others are free. Still other apps specifically cater to a particular device.

Below is our pick of the best cooking apps for new and professional chefs alike.

Big Oven
Boasting of a library with more than 350,000 recipes and with over 11 million downloads and still counting, Big Oven surely has a magic wand that seems to attract users.

This award-winning app dubbed “The best app for foodies” and the “Best app for eating” has several features that make it stand out from other cooking apps.

Some of the most notable features include the recipe organizer, which simplifies the process of consolidating your recipes from different sources into one place.

Furthermore, the app has a menu planner feature that enables you to plan your meals in accordance with your tastes. The app also has a leftover menu recipe which guides you on how to cook with as little as three leftover ingredients.

Although the app is free, upgrading to Pro Membership ensures you get access to premium features which include access to the recipe scanner. The scanner stores all the pictures, cookbooks and handwritten notes you may take and analyzes them using OCR (Optical Character Recognition). You will also be able to know the chefs who review your scans.

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ChefTap Recipe App
Are you fond of keeping track of recipes from Pinterest or a blog? If so, then you certainly are aware of the irritability that comes with misplacing your recipes. ChefTap eliminates the need for copy and pasting recipes from websites, which are prone to get misplaced. It enables you to store your recipes in your archive so that they can be accessed both online and offline.

Additionally, ChefTap offers a free account where you can store up to 100 recipes and even sync them across multiple devices. Upgrade to the Pro Package and access even more amazing features including storing unlimited recipes and priority support.

ChefTap will keep you more organized and help save time.
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It is free of cost and available on these platforms:

Tender-Social Food
This is an intriguing social app that lets you share, comment and like recipes posted on the app via your timeline. It rounds up famous dishes from all over the world and brings them to you in one place. You can create a Tender account by signing up for one or logging in with your Facebook ID.

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You can search for a recipe by looking up for its core ingredient e.g. chicken, and it will be presented to you. Also view recipe details by simply tapping on the recipe picture. You are also able to save your favorite recipes using this app.

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The app is free of cost and is available on:

Allrecipes Dinner Spinner
Allrecipes Dinner Spinner includes step-by-step recipes from over 11 million chefs that work from home all over the world, and incorporates videos, reviews, and ratings that simplify the cooking experience for anyone. The recipes include instructions on how to prepare a meal with detailed notes.

With this app you get access to seasonal recipes and collections. Additionally, get to know which ingredients are on sale nearby you and have a recipe suggested to for that. Also, the thousands of detailed easy to follow videos will make cooking a piece of cake. It is free for download but you have to pay a small fee for the Pro Package. Let your friends in on the fun by sharing your recipes on social media using the sharing buttons.

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The app is free of cost and is available for:

NYT Cooking
You can search up to 17,000 of the New York Times best recipes with easy to follow instructions and with new additions every week. Browse categorically sorted recipes including specific cuisines, meals types, and diet options. You are also able to save NYT recipes and recipes from other sources of your choice into your personal recipe box.

Rate and review different recipes and mark the ones you have already tried. You can also leave notes for yourself or other chefs on this app.

Access all your saved notes, cooking history and recipes on iPad, iPhone, and desktop. You may also share them with friends and family on social media using the social media sharing feature.
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This app is free and is available for:

This app features over 250+ celebrity chef recipes including tips and techniques from Rick Bayless, Dorie Greenspan and other award-winning chefs. All this comes with bit-by-bit simple and detailed video tutorial guides that can be followed by even the most novice of chefs.

The app is free for the first month, but after that there is an annual subscription of $19.99. Additionally, in-app purchases are also available which unlock more incredible features including access to more HD videos of celebrity chef recipes.
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Cooking has become a fun task thanks to the SideChef cooking app. Novice chefs can hone their cooking skills using the comprehensive step-by-step cooking manuals with pictures and voice instructions found on this app.

This app includes a library of over 2500+ recipes and easy-to-understand cooking instructions. Plus, new additions are added on a daily basis. You can rate the recipes based on your experiences, and follow the tips given by top cooking bloggers and chefs.

You can also post pictures of your food and share them with your friends and family via the Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites.

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It is currently available for free on these platforms:

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Looking through hundreds of recipes to find the perfect one for that cheese cupcake you’ve been craving for is a tedious task. Yummly makes it easy for you to find recipes based on your “Yum” (likes), tastes and dietary preference. When you’ve inputted the parameters and pinpointed your preference, you will be given several options to choose from.

Additionally, you can save up your favorite recipes in your digital library on the app. So that the next time you open the app, preferences based on your likes show up first.

Furthermore, Yummly has partnered with Instacart, an online grocery service, to deliver ingredients right at your doorstep. Use the app to fill your shopping cart and have food delivered to you. (NOTE: This service is currently available in a select few cities in the U.S. only).
Source: Google Play Store

The app is free and is available on:

Kitchen Stories
Used by millions of both novice and experienced chefs, Kitchen Stories is your gateway to fantastic recipes, delectable, and delicious cuisines, and simple step-by-step tutorials.

With this app, you can learn the special tricks and techniques that famous chefs use in their recipes. You may also add your own recipes to the library for the benefit of others. If your recipes happen to be loved by other users, you may get the chance to be picked out as someone with the finest Kitchen Stories.

Key features of this app include;

  • Categorized sections of different recipes such as French and Italian recipes.
  • Automated Shopping lists with reminders
  • Kitchen Story best recipe feature.

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The app is currently free and is available on the following platforms:

Food Network in the Kitchen
Getting access to celebrity chef food recipes has never been easier. Cook with top-rated chefs like Bobby Frey and many others. Get to know the secret ingredients they use to make food mouthwatering and tasty. The comprehensive how-to videos will eliminate the need for you to hire a chef at home. You will learn the tricks and techniques in an easy and fashionable manner.

The recipe box allows you to save your most viewed food network recipes as well as ingredients for future reference. This app is completely free! There are no hidden costs at all.

Key features of this app include:

  • Fresh recipes added on a monthly basis
  • A huge collection of recipes, videos and tips from top celebrity chefs
  • The Apple watch feature which enables you to access your digital recipe booklet directly from the watch
  • Check out the current recipes being showcased on TV.
  • Filter the search based on your chef or ingredient choice
  • You may add your own suggestions to the recipe database.

Source: Apple App Store

This app is free and currently available on these platforms:

In conclusion, we just brought to you the best cooking apps that will turn you from a novice to a Pro chef in no time. Take advantage of these apps to hone your cooking skills and become a professional chef.

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