ABOUT

CHOW is the smartest food site on the Web, featuring entertaining videos; original stories; tested recipes; and in-depth discussions about restaurants, cooking, and more on our Chowhound boards.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

2013 Awards and Nominations
2012 Awards and Nominations
2011 Awards and Nominations
2010 Awards and Nominations
2009 Awards and Nominations
2008 Awards and Nominations
2007 Awards and Nominations

RECENT PRESS

2013 Press
2012 Press
2011 Press
  • The Independent (July 2011)
  • "The 50 Best Food Websites" (Slide 2)
  • Chowhound is "a huge source of inspiration. ... Interesting, well-informed people contribute, so the calibre of information is always excellent."
2010 Press
2009 Press
  • Best Food Writing 2009 (November 2009)
  • "The tenth anniversary of this classic anthology is a feast of the finest culinary prose from the past year's books, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and Web sites. ... Lessley Anderson takes a closer look at the purists and popularizers behind the growing raw foods movement in 'The Raw Deal.'"
  • The Telegraph (November 2009)
  • "YouTube videos: The Best Channels"
  • "Chow's channel ... offers practical guidance for gourmands from cooking perfect rice to cleaning a rack of lamb with string."
  • Cleveland Plain Dealer (March 6, 2009)
  • "Chowhound.com Message Boards Are Full of Tips for Delicious Dining Worldwide"
  • "How, you might reasonably ask, did I know about a suburban, family-oriented Louisiana seafood house? It's not in the tour books, and I'd only been to Louisiana once, 20 years ago. But I use Chowhound. More precisely, www.chowhound.com, a food- and restaurant-lover's online guide that's one of my most treasured travel resources."
  • CBS: The Early Show (January 21, 2009)
  • "Helping Out Of Work Friends"
  • "Etiquette expert Helena Echlin from Chow.com offers Julie Chen polite ways to socialize with friends in need, especially those who've lost their jobs."
  • Rachael Ray (January 5, 2009)
  • "Solving New Etiquette Dilemmas"
  • "Chow.com etiquette expert Helena Echlin ... 'help[s] people become even better at being a guest or being a host.'"
2008 Press
  • Rachael Ray (November 25, 2008)
  • "Rach to the Rescue & an Oven Giveaway"
  • "Alex Boylan and the Rach to the Rescue RV pull up with Aida Mollenkamp, Food Editor of Chow.com, to show Bonnie how to make the perfect homemade [Thanksgiving] dinner that all of her family can be thankful for."
  • PC World (October 1, 2008)
  • "10 Great Sites for Local Content and Mobile Devices"
  • "My foodie friends say [Chowhound] is the place to go to dig up great restaurants, recipes, cooking and dining stories and blogs, and good discussions about food and drink."
  • Examiner.com (October 1, 2008)
  • "Ten Best Alternatives to the Food Network"
  • "If you're looking for how-to videos, imaginative recipes, and lively discussion, Chow.com is the place to go."
  • ABC News (August 21, 2008)
  • "Chow.com Serves Good Eats"
  • "The foodie Web site delivers recipes, cooking tips and restaurant reviews."
  • The Sydney Morning Herald (July 31, 2008)
  • "Navigating Modern Manners"
  • "The modern debate over how we should behave has become a whole lot feistier than it used to be. Just ask Helena Echlin, who pens the 'Table Manners' column on cult foodie website Chowhound.com."
  • CBS: The Early Show (July 30, 2008)
  • "'Ask Aida' -- About Eggs!"
  • "Chow.com's Aida Mollenkamp Answers Questions, Shares Recipes; Her Food Network Show Debuts This Weekend"
2007 Press
  • Rachael Ray (December 21, 2007)
  • "Lara's Surprising Dish"
  • "'Is that me on a cookie?' Rachael asks. Lara had it made at Chow.com where you can get cutouts of your favorite celebrities to make your own unique gingerbread cookies."
  • New York Times Magazine (November 25, 2007)
  • "In Defense of Lurking"
  • "The elegantly organized Chowhound, 'for those who live to eat,' puts Zagat to shame, engaging voluble gourmands from all across the country — at length. Try the 'What’s my craving?' feature. Corned beef, red velvet cake, Atomic Fireballs: read till you're stuffed."
  • Stuff (November 12, 2007)
  • "Foodie Websites Offer Entree into Exotic"
  • CHOW reaches New Zealand! This piece about destination sites for gourmets extensively quotes CHOW Editor in Chief Jane Goldman.
  • Travel + Leisure (September 2007)
  • "T+L's Top 25 Travel Websites"
  • "An obsessive community of feisty people around the world share secret finds. The site features interviews with experts, videos of local culinary customs (watch how to tie pancetta), and blogs such as the newly launched Tasting Notes."
  • Time Magazine (July 2007)
  • "50 Best Websites 2007"
  • "This hip food site, owned by CNET, serves its content like a five-course multimedia meal, with audio and video, photos, blogs and boards."
  • NPR: Morning Edition (April 18, 2007)
  • "Bloggers Debate Code of Conduct"
  • "The Web and the blogosphere can get plenty nasty. But blogger Kathy Sierra's call for a code of conduct was greeted by a torrent of posts threatening her with violence. Now some of the Web's leading voices are pushing for more civil behavior." Chowhound Community Manager Jacquilynne Schlesier weighs in on the debate.
  • The Independent (February 17-23, 2007)
  • "The 50 Best Food Websites" (not available online)
  • "Too many cookery sites are stuffed with opinion, but lacking in style. Not this one. 'The moribund chowhound.com has been reborn and is now a must-visit site with how-to videos, forums, blogs, articles and features,' advises Andy. Within its smartly designed pages you'll find everything from how to care for cast-iron pans to a foodie Q&A with Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos and a discussion of how polite it is to eat from someone else's plate (not at all)."
  • Marie Claire (February 2007)
  • One of "Five Hot Spots to Surf This Month"
  • "CHOW.com: This online reincarnation of the now-defunct culinary mag serves up a buffet of inventive recipes, need-to-know etiquette, and food news. Link to companion site chowhound.com, where food enthusiasts exchange recipes and restaurant reviews."
  • New York Post (January 9, 2007)
  • "Surf's Up: The Sites You Can't Leave Home Without"
  • "TASTIEST FOOD SITE"
  • "Chowhound was always the refuge of the traveling foodie, and this year not only did it undergo an enormous, sensible redesign, it paired up with the defunct-but-worthy Chow magazine to become part of Chow.com, our favorite portal anywhere, with food blogs, food travel articles, plain old food articles for when we aren't going anywhere, and more treats. Hopefully this inspires last year's winner in this category - Roadfood.com - to juice things up a little."
2006 Press
  • New York Times (August 16, 2006)
  • "A Food Web Site, Spiced with Attitude" (registration required)
  • "HIPNESS is rarely a prime ingredient in the most popular Web sites devoted to food and drink. Chow.com, a new food Web site that begins its rollout next week, hopes to inject that sensibility into its smorgasbord of recipes, restaurant reviews, party hints, video tutorials and coverage of the marketing and culture of food."

The History of CHOW

CHOW.com was formed in 2006 when the Internet media company CNET Networks bought a San Francisco–based print magazine called CHOW and a long-standing New York–based discussion-forum website called Chowhound. CNET was acquired by CBS in 2008. CHOW is now a part of CBS Interactive, with 22 employees and 12 moderators.

Prior to its acquisition by CNET, CHOW magazine had published four issues, beginning in November 2004. It was founded by magazine editor Jane Goldman (formerly of The Industry Standard). Early pieces included "Why Are Shopping Carts So Hard to Steer?," a profile of Gabrielle Hamilton written by Anthony Bourdain, and a story on smuggling illegal cheeses.

Chowhound was started in 1997 as a message board for people to trade information about where to find good food. You can read more about the early days of Chowhound in Calvin Trillin's 2001 New Yorker story "New Grub Streets" (full article available to subscribers only).

Chowhound's original manifesto:

Everyone has one in his life: the brother-in-law with a collection of 800 takeout menus, the co-worker who's late from lunch because she HAD to trek to one end of town for soup and to the other for a sandwich. Chowhounds know where the good stuff is, and they never settle for less than optimal deliciousness, whether dining in splendor or grabbing a quick slice.

We're not talking about foodies. Foodies eat where they're told. Chowhounds blaze trails. They comb through neighborhoods for culinary treasure. They despise hype. And while they appreciate ambiance and service, they can't be fooled by flash.

No media outlets serve Chowhounds. They've never had a place to gather and exchange information. This discerning, passionate crowd has long been completely invisible and utterly disenfranchised... until now.

If you, too, fret endlessly about making every bite count; if you'd grow weak from hunger rather than willingly eat something less than delicious, this place is for you! Welcome to our community. Let's talk. Let's swap tips.

You needn't be an expert to participate. If you're less food-obsessed than the rest of us, but have a yen for egg creams, gazpacho, or Quisp Cereal, let the resident hounds guide you to the best stuff. Follow (and chime in on) the rollicking discussion -- featuring thousands of messages from characters all over the world.