I was pretty excited when I was asked to review the Top Chef To-Go app, just released today. I love creating meals my family will love, but I’m not a fabulous cook. I’ll never forget going to a New Year’s Eve party years ago at our friends Dave & Bethany’s home. Bethany was a gourmet cook. She made a meal that I still think about to this day, and it was at least 15 years ago! We had surf and turf, and it was cooked perfectly. Salads, homemade bread, and dessert rounded out the meal. To top it all off, she sent us home with muffins and fresh squeezed orange juice. I kid you not.
Maybe the reason I don’t love to cook like that is that I really have never learned the basics. My freezer is a wreck. I should probably start over! I have so much crammed in there that I don’t know what’s what anymore. Can you relate? My pantry? Disastrous. I’ve tried to keep it organized, but with everyone putting things back in the wrong place, it seems like a lost cause. As far as my cooking goes, I can follow a recipe pretty well, but I’m not very creative. My husband loves to eat out, and it’s really hard to compete with the chefs at our favorite restaurants.
That’s why this new app looks like it might be just what I need. Just look at what you can do with Top Chef To-Go:
- Cook and learn from the top 11 chef’testants at Top Chef University
- Access over 200 lessons organized into 20 courses
- Browse and search for lessons
- Watch lesson videos in high definition
- Detailed ingredient list for each of our 200 unique recipes
I’ve been watching some of the videos, and it really looks like fun! For instance, there is an art to using knives. I went to a cooking class and they showed us the proper way to chop an onion. I was amazed at how easy it was, and how wrong I had always done it. The basics can make your life so much easier, and there are 19 lessons on the basics alone! We love soup so much, and there are 7 lessons with over an hour of video on just soups! I’m planning to have a soup party soon, so I can’t wait to watch those. Soup parties are so easy and so much fun. We just have three or four different pots of soup, a big salad, bread, and dessert. The cooler weather is perfect for a soup party!
You’ll also find lessons about grilling, braising, even confit! I have never prepared duck before, but my family loves it, and confit is a classic French method for preparing duck or other meats. I’ve read about it before, but never learned the method. I’m excited that I can now learn while I’m waiting in the car for my daughter at school, or sitting in the orthodontist office! I don’t know about you, but I spend so much time waiting! Now I will have something productive to do while I wait! There are some pretty advanced techniques taught in this app, too, so don’t think you are going to learn just the basics. I haven’t been through the entire course, but I can tell you the preparation of Passionfruit “Ravioli” using reverse spherification is not something the average cook would have learned! Don’t worry; you’d have many hours of learning to go through before you would get to that lesson!
You can get the Top Chef To-Go app, too, now that it’s available in the iTunes store. The best part? It’s free! Crazy, right? Just visit the app at the iTunes store and you’ll be on your way to being a Top Chef, too! I hope you’ll come back and share what you think! I’ll be sharing recipes I make using the app, too!
Visit the Top Chef To-Go website, and check out the app on all your social media channels!
-You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
I was compensated to review the Top Chef To-Go app and share my thoughts with you. As always, all opinions are strictly my own. But you knew that 🙂