Audio Chef (Version 1.0)

Platform and Price
Free (with in app purchases): Apple

RDN Score
3 out of 5

Synopsis of the App
Audio Chef provides narrated, hands-free cooking instruction.


  • Simple and easy-to-use design.
  • Step-by-step audio guides your cooking experience.
  • Complete with storytelling and the sound of onions being chopped, the narrator cooks along with you. It's like listening to a cooking video without the visual.
  • In a perfect session, the app eliminates the need to touch your mobile device while cooking.
  • Option to bypass the audio instruction to use the written instructions only.
  • Recipes include a mix of vegetarian and meat-containing meals and are tagged vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free for easy identification.
  • Recipes are designed to take as little as fifteen minutes and up to one hour. 
  • Includes an equipment list for each recipe.
  • Search by ingredient keyword to find recipes that feature your favorite foods.
  • Includes photographs of each meal.
  • Includes a built-in timer.
  • Recipes have an international flair.
  • Preview recipe titles for new collections before you purchase.


  • A limited number of recordings come with the free app download.
  • If you navigate away from the recipe screen after audio begins, you must (touch the screen to) start over or fast forward to resume where you left off.
  • Directions don't match the narrator's instructions; so you can't easily go back and forth between steps in audio versus written instruction.
  • Food photos need better lighting and food styling to make the recipes look more appealing.
  • Only one kitchen timer available.
  • Audio sounds hollow – possibly because it was recorded in a kitchen.
  • Narrator stumbles a bit.
  • No recipe index.
  • An Apple only app.

Bottom Line
Kind of like having a friendly cooking coach in your kitchen, Audio Chef helps you create a meal with one less thing (the screen) to clean.

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Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD, is based in Atlanta and specializes in culinary nutrition, communications and consulting. She blogs at Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.