Developer: Alexis Mullen
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★½☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

As a keen amateur cook, I regularly take my iPad or iPhone into the kitchen to consult a recipe while I chop, stir, or bake. The problem is sticky hands. As any sane person knows, getting sticky hands on an iOS device screen is horrible as well as far from hygienic. Audio Chef Co. is an app that rather than solely listing the recipe instructions, also tells you each step through clear and concise spoken instructions. It’s pretty simple but does the job well.

audiochef6audiochef5For free, you get four recipes to try out. These include Turkey Sausage Pasta Bake, Almond Crusted Salmon, Sesame Udon Noodles, and Picadillo with Quinoa and Zucchini. It’s a decent mix, offering dairy free as well as gluten free options. Each recipe lists the ingredients required, the length of time in which they take to prepare, as well as step by step instructions. There’s an attractive picture too so you get the idea of what to expect, plus it’s sure to tantalize those tastebuds.

The beauty to Audio Chef Co. is its audio instructions, though. Simply hit the play button and you’re told exactly what to do. One of two women read out the instructions and both have clear speaking voices, ensuring you won’t have any trouble understanding what’s asked of you. Some of the recipes take a little while to finish but the audio keeps on top of everything, ensuring it’s a pretty smooth transition. There’s a built-in timer too which is handy for checking on how things are cooking.

For $0.99, you can buy the other 26 recipes and that’s a pretty good price for some appealing ideas. It’s possible to see what’s available too, rather than have to dive in blind.

Audio Chef Co. keeps it simple but that’s its strength. Clear and easy to use, it’s sure to prove pretty handy for the budding chef who wants a good hands-free solution.

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