by Zaggat Staff
Not sure who to follow in the foodie Twitterverse? Check out our indispensable guide to 140 must-read accounts, including chefs, food media and restaurants.
@akasharichmond: Akasha Richmond – If you’ve ever been curious about what the chef-owner of a popular restaurant does during her off-time, follow the LA-based Richmond to find out (and enjoy some solid retweets along the way).
@alpanasingh: Alpana Singh – Get recommended wines and pairings from this Chicago-based master sommelier working for Lettuce Wine Cellars. Champagne and freshly made spiced pork rinds, anyone?
@angeloasosa: Angelo Sosa – The former Top Chef-testant and Social Eatz chef-owner in NYC loves his exclamation points and is known for tweeting pics of dishes and sending updates from restaurants all over the country.
@betterdrinking: Derek Brown – This DC writer and bartender tweets quite a few photos. You won’t mind though (unless you’re hungry), cause whether it’s Bloody Marys or baklava, they’re all attractive.
@bflay: Bobby Flay – The Food Network star and Iron Chef tweets fairly often about news from his empire and what he’s eating. Just be aware: he describes his Twitterverse as a “no-hater zone.”
@chefjohnnymac: Jonathan Adams – Lots of chefs share blurry photos of their food, but after seeing some of the gorgeous pics from Philly’s Pub & Kitchen chef, it’s clear his skills extend past the kitchen.
@chefLevin: Matt Levin – Formerly of Adsum, this Philly chef is working on a new hush-hush project, but in the meantime, he’s sharing travel plans, meals and, in one case, his controversial tattoo. If you’re not a foie gras fan, move along!
@chefludo: Ludo Lefebvre – The French-born chef-owner behind the roving pop-up restaurant LudoBites(and its accompanying TV show) is known for his love of exclamation points and for asking tweeps to guess where he is by sending Twitpics.
@chefmichaelmina: Michael Mina – This busy restaurateur is usually on-the-go, but luckily for his fans, fairly regular updates make him easy enough to track.
@chefsymon: Michael Symon – This Midwest-based Iron Chef is not afraid to speak his mind in his tweets, and he’s quick to respond to fans and, more recently, some haters.
@DaleTalde: Dale Talde – The former Top Chef star is getting ready to launch his own restaurant, Talde, in Brooklyn, and his tweets, while often pithy and contentious, are always entertaining.
@davidbouley: David Bouley – This legendary chef-owner of several restaurants in NYC is known to tweet pictures and news from within the Bouley empire.
@davidchang: David Chang – This chef-owner of the Momofuku restaurants in NYC is not afraid to speak his mind/start feuds via Twitter and definitely not afraid of expletives.
@ericripert: Eric Ripert – This executive chef of Le Bernardin in NYC is outspoken in many of his tweets, and never fails to keeps fans updated on the latest industry news and goings-on at his restaurant.
@FrenchChefWife: Krissy Lefebvre – Wife of Ludo Lefebvre (and his TV co-star), Krissy is great at keeping fans updated on the latest Ludo Bites-related news, and for making funny, subtle digs at her husband.
@gilescoren: Giles Coren – Peppered with colorful language, this outspoken London Times critic, novelist and TV presenter doesn’t censor himself when it comes to musings on restaurants, daily life and television.
@GordonRamsay01: Gordon Ramsay- For someone so tough on camera, it’s a bit entertaining to see Gordo use so many cutesy exclamation points in response to the many questions he answers on Twitter. Better than caps lock we suppose…
@grahamelliot: Graham Elliot – This Chicago-based toque and MasterChef star is great at responding to tweets from fans, although don’t expect him to follow you back – he currently follows a total of zero tweeps.
@HughAcheson: Hugh Acheson – Based in Athens, GA, this Top Chef Masters alum and upcoming judge onTop Chef season nine is as hilarious on Twitter as he is on TV.
@Ilanhall: Ilan Hall – Not only will you learn about the two LA restaurants this Top Chef winner is involved in –The Gorbals and Urbano Pizza Bar – you’ll also discover some pretty amusing details about him, including the fact that he’s not afraid to admit he listens to Ace of Base. Respect.
@jamieoliver: Jamie Oliver – This quirky British chef is known for his admirable food crusading and somewhat hyper tweeting style.
@jenyeepastry: Jennifer Yee – Employed as pastry chef at NYC’s Sho Shaun Hergatt, Lee provides tips on recipes she’s working on, as well as sneak peeks at dishes she’s testing. Uh, duck fat caramels? Yes please.
@Johnny_Iuzzini: Johnny Iuzzini – Pastry chef and head judge on Top Chef Just Desserts, Johnny is known for his frequent and enthusiastic tweets.
@ksbraga: Kevin Sbraga – This season seven Top Chef winner is gearing up to open his own restaurant – here’s your inside look.
@leeannewong: Lee Anne Wong – Look for informative and always amusing tweets from this Top Chef star (who’s now a culinary producer for the show).
@MarcusCooks: Marcus Samuelsson – If you don’t get enough of him on TV, his active Twitter habit should keep you more than satisfied. Find recipes and a load of photos, and track his daily whereabouts.
@Marcvetri: Marc Vetri – The chef-owner of Philly’s Vetri refers to himself on Twitter as simply “dude,” and is known for tweeting food stats, pictures of dishes and tidbits about his guitar-playing lifestyle.
@Mariobatali: Mario Batali – The NY-based star chef’s tweets and foursquare check-ins are some of the most entertaining in the foodie Twitterverse.
@mendezmusings: Liz Mendez – Ever wonder what it’s like to open a restaurant? Follow the owner and sommelier of Chicago’s upcoming Uva, who peppers updates about the project with unrelated sports commentary.
@mvoltaggio: Michael Voltaggio – Receive updates about this heavily tattooed Top Chef winner’s new LA restaurant Ink as well as personal insights like “4 AM is the new 10 PM.” We’ll take his word for it…
@NoReservations: Anthony Bourdain – This chef, author and TV star is notorious for his acid tongue and “unintentional” trouble-making.
@PhillipFoss: Phillip Foss – The outspoken chef-owner of EL Ideas shares drool-worthy dish descriptions, but doesn’t shy away from admitting more personal things about himself, like how he enjoys watching Devil Wears Prada.
@RichardBlais: Richard Blais – The spiky-haired Top Chef alum and Atlanta-based chef is known for tweeting pics of his wildly inventive dishes.
@Rick_Bayless: Rick Bayless – Warning, the photos posted by this Chicago-based Mexican specialist will make you hungry. Fortunately, the recipes he shares mean you can do something about it.
@tiffanifaison: Tiffani Faison – Another Top Chef vet, Faison is working on opening her new Boston BBQ spot, Sweet Cheeks. Look for entertaining updates here.
Writers and Bloggers
@akuban: Adam Kuban – An original founding editor of Serious Eats, Kuban is also the founding editor ofSlice and A Hamburger Today. If you’re a fan of pizza or burgers, you’ll want to follow his feed.
@always_eating: Aaron Ginsberg – Wondering where you should go to dinner in New York? Follow the feed of this in-the-know executive working in food PR, whose tweets go way beyond his clients.
@amateurgourmet: Adam Roberts – Author of The Amateur Gourmet, recent Los Angeles transplant Adam Roberts uses his Twitter feed to chronicle his adventures in the kitchen and his travels to LA restaurants.
@AndrewOKnowlton: Andrew Knowlton – The Restaurant and Drinks Editor of Bon Appetit magazine has no problem with calling out inane PR pitches or the questionable lunch choices of his co-workers on his feed, which also delves into subjects ranging from new beers he’s tried to interesting dishes he encounters at restaurants.
@benleventhal: Ben Leventhal – As co-founder of Eater and top brass at Feast, Leventhal’s got the inside track on many of NYC’s restaurant power-players.
@blondiebrownie: Blondie & Brownie – From the minds behind the Blondie and Brownie blog, this Twitter account chronicles the culinary adventures of “two friends who eat a lot of food.” You probably shouldn’t read this one if you’re hungry.
@davidlebovitz: David Lebovitz – If you’ve got a sweet tooth, this pastry-chef-turned-author-and-blogger is worth a bite or two.
@devrafirst: Devra First – Get your fill of the Boston dining scene from the Globe’s critic.
@edlevine: Ed Levine – The founder of Serious Eats is really good at making his Twitter followers jealous with updates on all the amazing food he gets to try. Stay tuned for tales of awesome burgers, amazing hot dogs and perfect pizza. Drool.
@EricAsimov: Eric Asimov – The resident wine expert at the New York Times, Asimov shares his thoughts on interesting vintages and obscure labels. Blaufränkisch, anyone?
@food52: Food52 – This Twitter feed is used to highlight content on Amanda Hesser’s excellent website,Food52. Home cooks will want to keep an eye out for the recipes that are constantly put out over the transom.
@foodimentary: Foodimentary – Get your fill of choice quotes and fun facts about everything food-related – who knew Starbucks uses 2% of the nation’s milk supply?
@Francis_Lam: Francis Lam – This former Salon.com writer is now penning pieces for deal site Gilt Taste. His Twitter account features discussion-provoking questions (i.e. “Does a burger need cheese to be truly complete?”) and thoughts about his favorite football team, the Chargers.
@FrankBruni: Frank Bruni – Bruni was the restaurant critic at the New York Times when blogs and social media became very influential in the food world. Although he has moved on to the Op-Ed desk, he still tweets frequently about his favorite meals and food shops.
@fwscout: Dana Cowin – Food & Wine‘s editor-in-chief shares tips about food writing, tales about her meals at restaurants around the country and tips for cooking at home.
@GaelGreene: Gael Greene – Greene has been a New York restaurant critic pretty much forever, and she’s currently filing reviews for Crain’s. Greene may be pushing 80, but she tweets like an enthusiastic high-school students – be sure not to miss the updates about “necking on the couch” with her husband.
@goodappetite: Melissa Clark – The New York Times food columnist and Gilt Taste contributing editor reaches out to her readers for suggestions on where to score the best ingredients, provides updates on her exploits in the kitchen and gets personal with tweets about her family.
@hels: Helen Rosner – This web editor for Saveur tweets as much about her day-to-day life as she does about food – and isn’t afraid to ‘fess up to a love of Huey Lewis.
@immaculateinfat: Immaculate Infatuation – The two dudes who run this blog work in the music industry during the AM, but wining and dining clients has made them experts about some of the best restaurants in NYC.
@JamieBoudreau: Jamie Boudreau – This Seattle mixologist does some serious thinking about drinking.
@JeffHouck: Jeff Houck – This cheeky, knowledgeable Tampa Tribune food writer flavors his tweets with plenty of jokes.
@KELLYCHOI: Kelly Choi – The former Top Chef Masters host knows more about food than her ultra perky tweeting might lead you to believe.
@kimseverson: Kim Severson – The Atlanta bureau chief for the New York Times and James Beard–award winning journalist finds food as provocative as it is delicious.
@kittenwithawhip: Kat Kinsman – She may be the managing editor of CNN’s Eatocracy, but it’s on Twitter where Kinsman’s quirky, knowledgeable voice really shines.
@kkrader: Kate Krader – The restaurant editor for Food & Wine knows her stuff, and consistently conveys it in an engaging, playful voice.
@mattduckor: Matt Duckor – If you like a bit of gadfly with your food writing (not to mention a whole lot of Foursquare check-ins), this Feast food editor is your man.
@Michael Nagrant: Michael Nagrant – Hungry Mag’s creator covers the Chicago dining scene with a cheeky perspective. Sample tweet: “The difference between Pequods and all the West Loop pizza joints is the difference between Ashley Dupre and a crack ho.”
@mmefromage: Madame Fromage – Her own tagline, “Digital Cheese Courtesan,” pretty much says it all.
@OzerskyTV: Josh Ozersky – Ozersky has written for everyone and their sister in the food world, and he currently pens a column for Time.com. If you like your Twitter feeds with a little visual action, check out the Instagram photos of mouthwatering dishes that he frequently posts.
@phillyinsider: Michael Klein – You want scoops on the Philly restaurant scene? This Philly Insider columnist has got ’em.
@plattypants: Adam Platt – New York Magazine’s restaurant critic promotes the magazine’s content, shares photos of his dishes and chronicles his culinary travels.
@qualityrye: Ryan Sutton – The critic for Bloomberg news, Sutton has developed a new following for his blog, The Bad Deal, in which he exposes, yup, bad deals in the restaurant world. His Twitter account is rife with his opinions on NYC restaurants.
@robertsietsema: Robert Sietsema – The food critic for New York’s famed Downtown weekly The Village Voice knows how to keep his beat interesting. He travels NYC in search of the weirdest, grossest food to try (think goat-eyeball tacos). The epic amounts of snark in his Twitter updates make for good reading, especially over a dinner of pig brains.
@RuthBourdain: Ruth Bourdain – This parody mash-up of Anthony Bourdain and Ruth Reichl won a James Beard award in the humor category last year, even though its creator couldn’t be on hand to accept, because he/she has somehow remained anonymous. If you need a laugh, follow this feed.
@RuthReichl: Ruth Reichl – Perhaps the most poetic tweeter around, the former Gourmet Magazine editor likes to post about nature, the sky, heirloom tomatoes and all the other delicious stuff that she likes to eat. A collection of her 140 character stanzas should be bound and sold as poetry in upscale coffee shops.
@SamSifton: Sam Sifton – Sam Sifton, we hardly knew ye. The current NY Times restaurant critic is moving away from food and on to the national desk, but we hope he keeps aggregating interesting food-related pieces on his feed.
@SkeeterNYC: Liza de Guia – The founder of Food Curated chronicles her meals, which range from an NYC movie theater that serves food to high-end fine dining temples.
@timcarman: Tim Carman – Washington Post writer Carman’s not afraid to stir up the pot a little bit with his strong opinions.
@tomsietsema: Tom Sietsema – The restaurant critic for the Washington Post stays refreshingly on point about DC’s dining scene.
@umamigirl: Carolyn Cope – A London-based food writer, Cope uses her Twitter account to promote blog giveaways (free cookbooks!) and shares interesting articles that she finds online.
@whetmyappetite: Lauren W – Get edgy takes on dining, plus a whole slew of recipes, from this food-world upstart.
@ABCKitchen: ABC Kitchen – Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s NYC New American, located inside a furniture store, pretty much only tweets pictures of food, but when they look this nice, we’re not complaining.
@CongressAustin: Congress – This Austin, TX, bar and kitchen from an Iron Chef challenger definitely doesn’t skimp on the seasonal-ingredient photos, which lately includes a lot of pictures of mushrooms.
@cube_LA: Cube Restaurant – Expect seasonal Italian food and a good time at this LA small-plater. On its Twitter feed, look for lots of exclamation points and observations like “Frying eggs in Ghee is just silly delicious.”
@mileendbrooklyn: Mile End – This Brooklyn deli tweets compliments to the kitchen crew and its customers, and also provides insight into its owners’ minds. For instance, sometimes they want to push their VW into the East River.
@myersandchang: Myers + Chang – Husband/wife duo Joanne Chang and Christopher Myers tweet for their Boston Asian fusioner, including stories about customers proposing in the restaurant as well as other random/funny happenings.
@TheAceHotel: The Ace Hotel – The New York location of this red-hot hotel is home to The Breslin and John Dory Oyster Bar, and there are also outposts in Palm Springs, Seattle and Portland. Look for updates on food, fashion and the fab lifestyle in general.
@vedgerestaurant: Vedge Restaurant – This self-proclaimed “vegetable restaurant” is coming soon to Philadelphia. Tweets are witty, insightful and educational – did you know a commercial ice cream maker costs $6,248?