Jared and Steve Rivera’s newly-updated food lovers' app, Chefs Feed, is their solution to sites like Yelp and Urbanspoon, operating under the assumption that crowdsourcing everyone’s opinion on a dish is really like getting no opinion at all. After all, do you really care what Billy Bob thinks about the cheeseburger at Hardee’s, even if he claims it’s "the BEST burger ever!!!!!!!"?
Hence, the Rivera brothers have gathered a roster of 600 chefs to act as curators of the best dishes in 15 U.S. cities and London (The original version, which launched last year, was rather bare-bones; this version is far more informative and incorporates social networking). These hand-picked professionals are the only ones who are allowed to review and submit photos of dishes to Chefs Feed (so long as it isn’t their own). Food lovers all around the world can download their iPhone app and get recommendations from the likes of Wolfgang Puck and Mario Batali — those who are clearly qualified to judge the quality of food. Participating chefs and all users of the app can comment on each chef’s recommendations and choices, creating an interactive dialogue between professionals and individuals around the world.
In the future, Chefs Feed looks to grow into a social network of chefs and the public, providing a forum where professional chefs can promote their own endeavors such as new restaurants and cookbooks.