Talk about understatement.
Do you cook? There are apps to plan a menu, find a recipe, convert to metric, shop ethically, analyze nutritional content, pair a wine, and donate your leftovers to a soup kitchen. Maybe you feel like eating out. You can get cuisine- and location-based restaurant suggestions, read reviews, book a table, preview the daily specials, map your route, figure the tip, and calculate the excercycle mileage that will burn off the meal.
There are food apps for travelers, for fans of street food, and apps that will let you know when to take a cake out of the oven. They stop short of washing the dishes for you, but there is a house cleaning hypnosis app that promises dishwashing enjoyment through the power of suggestion.
The food app category has grown so large that it has its own, dedicated awards. Toque, the online magazine of food journalism, has just announced the first annual Food App Award winners. Entries came from multinational media giants, independent web designers, and everything in between. They were judged on creativity, technical excellence, and the ability to solve a problem (that we often didn’t even know we had until the app came along).
Here are this year’s winners:
- Best Social App: Ness Dining Guide
- Best Utility: Tip Calculator
- Best Food Locator App, Local and Best Navigation: Maine Food
- Best Food Locator App, National: OpenTable
- Best Value: Urbanspoon
- Best Health Food App: Locavore
- Best Branded App (Food Network): Eat St. street food finder
- Best Cookbook/Recipe App: How to Cook Everything
- Best Food Education App: Ask the Butcher
- Best Drink App: Top Shelf cocktail reference
- Best Innovation: Cellar wine collection organizer
- Best Cooking App: Ratio ingredient calculator cooking tool
- Best Design, Best Restaurant App, and Best Overall App: 42 Restaurants restaurant recipe