If celebrity chefs are not your cup of clam chowder, then give
Foodoo.com the kind of wide berth you normally reserve for the
ambiguously named ’meat’ dish at your local Chinese takeaway. If, on the
other hand, you are a committed foodie, then tuck in.
While Delia, Jamie and Ainsley have not managed to get their
flour-covered mitts in the Foodoo mix, just about every other chef you
can name is here.
There’s Sophie Grigson, Ken Hom, Gordon Ramsay, Gary Rhodes, John Torode
and Antony Worrall Thompson. Each presents a huge range of recipes,
while also offering the occasional plug for their restaurant/TV
series/book - and boy, there are a lot to plug.
You must check out the chefs’ biographies. While the recipes may be full
of fresh flavours, some of the life histories have a more fishy
My favourite was Grigson’s ’so many people never experience the joy of a
true home-made mayonnaise’. I also marvelled at the unabashed, ’brought
up in Kent, Gary Rhodes always wanted to play for Manchester
Nevertheless, this is a well-laid-out, easily navigable site -
Clerkenwell-based design shop The Nest can be thanked for that - and it
is full of great recipes.
And this is one of those areas where the net really comes into its
It is so much easier to search for potential recipes and print out your
choices than it is to juggle a 500-page cook book, 15 ingredients,
bowls, pots and pans.
What’s more, you can search the site until you find a dish with the
ingredients you have, rather than finding - as I invariably do - that
one of the key ingredients is the very thing you ran out of last
Aside from the plugs, the site does not seem to be selling anything as
yet. As far as I could see there are no ads, and no attempts at
However, as Foodoo must surely (with the right marketing) become a
favourite with the growing army of home-chefs, the temptation to turn it
into a money-maker could become as irresistible as John Torode’s bang