1. Chefs Feed: Eat where Mario Batali eats, and hate on Yelp!
The Chefs Feed app, website and YouTube channel offer restaurant reviews, suggestions and tips from top-notch chefs covering many cities across the U.S.
"We like to think of food as the new rock and roll, and chefs as the new rock stars," said CEO Rich Maggiotto.
Chefs Feed currently features reviews from more than 1,000 chefs in over 25 cities, including all the major metro areas. Reviews for Charlotte, Nashville, Minneapolis and Charleston will launch in the coming weeks. "Expect four new cities a quarter," Maggiotto said.
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The site hopes to help chefs regain control of the conversation surrounding food. Or in other words, it is the antithesis to Yelp, which Maggiotto said often features the "rambles" of angry guests.
For those who think celebrity chefs are just shilling for their buddies (negative reviews are not encouraged by Maggiotto), he responded that "we believe if you don't have something nice to say, then it's not worth mentioning. Also, the chefs we use say that everything they do affects their brands. This causes people to avoid simply recommending their friends."
Not every chef is able to join this network, which includes Mario Batali, Eddie Huang and Daniel Boulud, among many other celebrity chefs. New members must be invited by current members.