Chef2video Identifies The Top 10 "Thoughtful Food Blogs" For 2009

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User-generated content site reviews thought leaders in sustainable food, healthy eating and food business innovation.

Chef2video's Top 10 Thoughtful Food Blogs shines a light on these new thought leaders

Chef2video, the food and cooking centric user-generated video site, today highlighted the Top 10 in "Thoughtful Food Blogs" for 2009. Chef2video defines the "thoughtful food blogs" category as those websites dedicated to educating people and businesses on health and economic conscious trends in the food industry. These trends include Sustainable Food (local & grow your own), Food Transparency and Traceability, Home Cooking and Healthy Eating (pro-organic, anti-GMO) and how these impact people and traditional businesses like restaurants and grocery stores.

"The advent of social media and user-generated content has redefined how information is created and distributed. This is particularly true in the food industry, where awareness and thought leadership is ever more generated by consumers, for consumers." said Cristian Parrino, Chef2video's Founder. "Chef2video's Top 10 Thoughtful Food Blogs shines a light on these new thought leaders".

The Top 10 Thoughtful Food Blogs for 2009 include:

1.    Summer Tomato - Darya Pino's wonderfully articulate ability to combine science, foodism, health and local food thought leadership makes this our number one pick. Engages amazingly well with her readers and Twitter followers. In addition to her regular coverage of health, food and eating topics, Darya has also launched a number of thematic series: must reads include "How to Eat in Restaurants", "For the Love of Food" and a video blog on her weekly Farmer's Market escapades.             Twitter: @summertomato

2.    Every Kitchen Table - Rob Smart's sustainable food blog does a fantastic job of educating people on the issues surrounding the food industry (health, environment and business), with the ultimate mission of bringing sustainable food experiences to "every kitchen table". His newly coined "Pro Food" term is a thoughtful evolution of the Slow Food movement, with an entrepreneurial viewpoint.        Twitter: @Jambutter

3.    Farm to Table - Zachary Cohen complements his "Farm to Table" TV show with this excellent blog where he skilfully goes after the mainstream's culinary culture of fast, thoughtless food. His poignant writing, humor and coverage of major news in the food space makes "Farm to Table" a great informational resource and educational read.     Twitter: @Zacharycohen

4.    Summer Spoon - Written by Kari, a professional dancer with a passion for food and cooking. A passion that has driven her to take on a challenging summer internship working for "The Chef" in "The Restaurant", which she tells us all about in her humorously detailed blog-diary. A great behind the scenes insight on culinary skills, restaurant management and kitchen experiences.             Twitter: @anticiplate

5.    The Stew - From The Tampa Tribune's food columnist Jeff Houck, The Stew is a witty blog that has turned professional food writing upside down. Jeff covers the topics you would expect a major publication to cover: food trends, restaurant reviews, food and wine shows - but with a constantly hilarious twist. We may have found our first "Food Comedian"…but won't call this a category until we come across another nine.    Twitter: @TheStew

6.    Tiny Farm Blog - With "sustainable food" becoming a dominant theme in the food industry and a requirement for a healthy and cost-conscious life - this blog is a fantastic demonstration on how simple "sustainable" actually is. The tag-line says it all: Organic micro-farming with two acres and some tools - a daily photo journal.                Twitter: @tinyfarmblog

7.    Civil Eats - Paula Crossfield and team do a fantastic job of promoting thinking in sustainable agriculture and food systems. With over 40 contributors it's a wonderfully diverse blog, but consistently focused on creating discussion around food politics.                    Twitter: @civileater

8.    R.I.A. Unplugged - We're probably breaking our own rules by including Helen Malloy's blog as she is a PR celeb in the restaurant industry. The insight she provides on food trends, restaurant management, innovation and PR deserves your forgiveness…             Twitter: @EllenMalloy

9.    Urban Farmer - A wonderful diary-blog from London Times columnist and city farmer Celia Brooks Brown. Covering the lifecycle of growing your own veg to what to actually do with them is an invaluable resource to real and sustainable food supporters.         Twitter: @celiabb

10.    Thoughts From Becca - Professional Aussie Chef Rebecca Varidel's entertaining and informative blog covering food travel, slow and regional food advocacy and tasty recipes. We're also impressed by her sustained Twitter stamina!          Twitter: @frombecca

About Chef2video

Chef2video is a video-centric, user-generated content site focused on food and cooking. The combination of live interactive video with traditional video upload capabilities enables a variety of applications for a broad set of users:

  •     Restaurants can broadcast live from their kitchens to create buzz and PR.
  •     Cooking schools can organize online classes.
  •     Foodies can search for and/or share video recipes while interacting with other users.
  •     Anyone can upload recorded videos or import from their own channels on Youtube and other major video platforms
  •     Food writers and bloggers can hold interactive live video webcasts to further expand on their articles.
  •     Food brands & retailers can sponsor live online events (classes, cook with a celebrity), create UGC video contests, promote their products by uploading video recipes and more.


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