Lark’s Johnathan Sundstrom tells us his tastiest food apps

Chef Johnathan Sundstrom of Lark restaurant in Seattle.

Smartphones are transforming almost everything we do, from the way we travel to how we play games. And they are also having a huge impact in the kitchen.

It’s a revolution that Seattle chef Johnathan Sundstrom said he couldn’t have imagined 20 years ago when he first got interested in cooking. But the co-owner of the popular Lark restaurant on Capitol Hill said he couldn’t get by without his trusty phones these days. (Yes, he has more than one, both an iPhone 4 and a Lumia 900).

“My smartphone is sort of like my favorite knife at this point,” said Sundstrom, speaking at a recent holiday open house earlier this month hosted by AT&T. In addition to keeping on top of social media efforts, Sundstrom said that he uses the app to find recipes and keep up with the latest cooking trends.

“When I started cooking 20 some years ago, I never would have thought that I would have such great tools at my disposal,” said Sundstrom, who is working on releasing his own mobile app, one which he funded in part through a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Given the way mobile technologies are transforming what folks make in the kitchen and how they find restaurants, I asked Sundstrom for some of his favorite culinary apps.

Here’s what he had to say:

Foodspotting (Free): “Foodspotting is great for when I am going out. Say I am traveling and I want to take photos and document my road trip, I use Foodspotting for recipes. There is a whole community around that.”

Epicurious (Free): “In the summer and nicer times of the year, I will try and do a farmer’s market walk through, every other week, if I can. And a lot of times, it is like: ‘OK, here’s this really weird vegetable, like salsify or some kind of lettuce that I’ve never heard of. Epicurious is fantastic for that.”

Cocktail Flow (99 cents): “Cocktail Flow was the source of the drink we made tonight. It is an app for Windows Phone…. It is a really good one…. You are always looking for new ideas. We change our menu weekly, so I am always looking for new stuff.”

Star Chefs (Free): “There whole thing is all of the latest technology as it applies to the kitchen, so new cooking tools or techniques from chefs around the world…. I work 10 to 12 hours per day, and I have very few moments to just have pure research. So, it is always: ‘I need it now.’”

Not For Tourist Guides ($7.99 for all cities):  ”I love the Not For Tourist Guides, which I think are available across all of the platforms, especially when I go to San Francisco or LA, just download whatever city’s version. Those are awesome.”

Ubanspoon Rezbook: ”It is great for the restaurant. For a long time, we were a walk-in place only. When we were new … we got away with that for a couple years. But now we are middle-aged restaurant — we are going on nine years — and so Rezbook has been great. We used that whole last year, and people responded well.”