We're consuming more cookery shows than ever before. There's a colossal amount to choose from, at any hour, and on any network, and it's perfectly feasible to schedule a whole day's (week's, year's) viewing purely around food.
We've picked out our favorite celebrity chef apps that will really help develop the skills you need to perform in the kitchen, whilst still entertaining you with the charm you've got to know and love on the TV.
The official app accompanying the popular TV series and book, Jamie Oliver's 20 Minute Meals provides 60 step-by-step recipes for delicious and balanced meals you can knock up in just... yep, you guessed it... 20 minutes!
What sets it apart is your ability to search for individual ingredients, which makes it easier to find recipes that you know you will like. There’s also a cool shopping list feature, and 21 tips & tricks videos covering everything from skills from sharpening a knife to chopping an onion. Plus, Jamie adds his own brand of humor!
A British culinary legend and star judge on the hit TV show The Great British Bake Off, the name Mary Berry is synonymous with culinary perfection. Mary Berry Bakes offers 70 fool-proof recipes taken from her best-selling Baking Bible, with ever-so-easy instructions.
An app which passes the 'granny test' with flying colors.
Martha Stewart Makes Cookies promises to be an “indispensable baking resource”. And it doesn't disappoint. As beautiful as a real cookbook, it features 120 gorgeous recipes, and not just for cookies, there are brownies, biscotti, meringues and the like too.
Extras include a shopping list, a timer and videos to help you with tricky stuff, as well as the option to favorite, add notes and share recipes. There's also a tools section (plugging Martha branded kitchenware, of course) and a packaging section with tips on how to present your bakes beautifully.
The beautiful and award-winning Nigella: The Quick Collection includes over 120 recipes that create speedy, simple and delicious meals without the fuss. Combining video, audio and time-saving features, it makes every meal easy, bringing you inspiration from Nigella wherever you are.
Nigella recipes have always to the lazier cook because they are usually quick and easy to make, but yield tasty results - and the app proves this by providing recipes that can all be cooked in 6 steps or less.
You can also move forwards or back through the recipe by shouting 'forward' or 'backward' at your iPhone, eliminating the need to prod at your touchscreen with your greasy cooking fingers.
Get thousands recipes, helpful hints, behind the scenes information, and a ton more from your favorite Food Network chefs, bakers, and hosts, including Guy Fieri, Ina Garten, Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Paula Deen, and many more.
The visuals in Food Network In the Kitchen are realistic and show you what to do, the tutorials are well explained and go at the right pace, and the comments sections usually contain helpful information that is free of fighting or snarky remarks. Adjust the search for whatever your dietary restrictions are, and you have the perfect tool to use in your kitchen, in the grocery store, and beyond.
The Great British Chefs showcases 12 of the most exciting and creative chefs working in Britain today, all of whom have been awarded Michelin stars, include Marcus Wareing, Daniel Clifford, and Nathan Outlaw.
Featuring 180 beautifully photographed recipes, how-to videos, biographies, and information about all of the restaurants where you can enjoy the dishes first hand, this sleek and well designed free app is a must have for any modern and classic food lover. Added tools like a shopping list, timer, and 'cooking mode' make it as useful as it is gorgeous.
If Mediterranean gastronomy is more your thing, then you should head over to the Great British Chefs' Italian cousin. Great Italian Chefs - Recipes has exactly the same look and feel as the British version, but features instead 26 Italian kitchen heavyweights - boasting 37 Michelin stars between them - including the Costardi brothers, Giorgio and Gian Pietro Damini, and Cristina Bowerman.
Celebrate the best of Italian ingredients and tradition, with tantalizing dishes like duck breast with radicchio, orange and radish, inside-out pizza, and Italian wedding soup. Bellissimo!
Simply Good Food TV is an amazing compendium of video clips featuring some of the best and most popular chefs in the world: from Raymond Blanc and James Martin, to Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal.
If you love to cook, but are more of a visual learner (or just can't get enough of food shows) then this is the app for you. Enjoy hundreds of cooking and baking clips, and all number of cooking tips and tricks to help you improve your skills in the kitchen.