Rather than simplify the search for suitable restaurants in unfamiliar cities, the Internet has complicated the process by serving up too much information from too few reliable sources. Now a website called Chefs Feed (www.chefsfeed.com) lets travelers consult some of the biggest, savviest names in the restaurant business. Looking for steak frites in New York City? Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin will not only direct you to Balthazar, but also explain why. Tacos in Los Angeles? Chef Jordan Kahn of Red Medicine seeks out the La Tehuana Taco Truck for carnitas tacos he calls the best outside of Mexico City (“pillowy, tender, and toothsome”).
The site, which originated as an app, offers recommendations from nearly 1,000 chefs in 24 cities across the United States and Canada, plus London, and is searchable by city, chef, or even specific dish. Jared Rivera, a cofounder, says the site is for the diner who wants to know everything about a dish going in, from the inspiration to the plating.