Considering that I’ve unofficially declared myself an amateur Iron Chef, I was pretty excited when this app popped up. The unique thing about Chef’s Recipes is that it focuses on modern Australian cuisine. And in addition to recipes, you can also create and add your own, and the app will create shopping lists based on your menu plans.
As it’s still in its first version, I feel like the app is missing a little bit, although it’s worth noting that developer Ralf Hollax mentions on their iTunes page that we can expect regular updates and new recipes in the future. The main menu features several food categories, including starters and salads, fish and seafood, meat, dessert and sides. Some categories have over a dozen dishes, while others have just a few, so I look forward to getting more. In addition, quite a few of the dishes are missing pictures and/or an overview.
However, I really love the layout. When you choose a dish, you can navigate back and forth between the overview, ingredients and method using tabs at the top. You can also share recipes via Facebook, Twitter or email, in addition to adding them to your favorites, creating a menu with several dishes, and making shopping lists.
One thing I noticed is that, while the shopping list is a great idea, it doesn’t combine items. For example, if I add a dish that uses a cup of white sugar and a dish that uses two cups of white sugar to the list, they are listed separately rather than as three cups.
Recipe creation is simple. You can add all of the components, including a picture, and categorize it along with the recipes that come with the app. Of course, all of your recipes can also be added to your menus and shopping lists. I’d keep an eye out for future versions; while you may not get a ton of recipes in this one, the recipes you do get are quite different and worth trying.
Chef’s Recipes [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.