Biggest influencers in food service: The top ten chefs

1. Jose Andres (@chefjoseandres)

Jose Andres is a Michelin-starred, James Beard Award-winning chef. Founder and chairman of World Central Kitchen, he is regarded as one of the most influential people by Time magazine. He has also co-founded the Think Food Group, which owns more than 30 restaurants globally.

He has authored three cookbooks, including the New York Times bestseller ‘We Fed an Island’, which is a description of how Andres and his team fed hundreds of Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria devastated the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico in 2017.

Followers: 816,168

GlobalData influencer score: 100

2. Zack Gallagher (@IrishFoodGuide)

Zack Gallagher, a professional chef from Donegal, Ireland, serves as food tourism promoter for Ireland. He serves as a food ambassador for Fáilte Ireland, National Tourism Development Authority of Ireland. He is also the co-founder of Irish Food Tours, which provides tour operators and holiday amenities to tourists looking to explore the quality of local Irish foods.

Zack started the blog in 2008 that includes recipes, foodie chats, news, and other information on food and the food tourism industry in Ireland. He also serves as a judge at the Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards.

Followers: 36,032

GlobalData influencer score: 99

3. Adie Hush (@AdieHush)

Adie Hush is a chef and food blogger from London, UK. He regularly tweets about healthy food, recipes, and the latest trends in the food industry.

Followers: 40,623

GlobalData influencer score: 96

4. Joe Bandler (@ChefJoeBandler)

Joe Bandler is a chef and restaurateur, who has written several cookbooks such as ‘Small Batch Preserves: Jams, Conserves, Marmalades and Jellies’, ‘Small Batch Preserves: Pickles’, ‘Small Batch Preserves: Chutneys and Relishes’, and ‘Gifts From Your Kitchen’.

He also contributes significantly to the website that features recipes, products, diets, and lifestyle articles to lead a sugar-free life. He posts recipes, kitchen equipment, and Gizmos reviews on the website.

Followers: 74,978

GlobalData influencer score: 85

5. Gordon Ramsey (@gordonramsay)

Gordon Ramsey is a multi-Michelin starred chef based in the UK and the executive chef at Hell’s Kitchen. He owns a string of restaurants in the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, France, and the US. He is also associated with TV shows including Masterchef US, Hotel Hell, and Kitchen Nightmares.

Gordon has also authored several cookbooks such as ‘Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Fit Food’, ‘Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen Cookbook’, ‘Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Home Cooking’, and the more recent ‘Gordon Ramsay Quick And Delicious’.

Followers: 7,274,042

GlobalData influencer score: 85

6. Jp Mcmahon (@mistereatgalway)

Jp McMahon is a chef, restaurateur, and author from Ireland. He runs the Aniar Boutique Cookery School and is also the culinary director at EatGalway Restaurant Group. He has hosted many lectures, events, and exhibitions and is also part of the Food Council.

Jp McMahon is the founder and director of Galway Food Festival and also the commissioner for Euro-Toques Ireland. He has authored a cookbook ‘The Irish Cookbook’ and also organises the Food on the Edge symposium in Galway, which brings together the best chefs from around the world.

Followers: 17,572

GlobalData influencer score: 83

7. Jamie Oliver (@jamieoliver)

Jamie Oliver is a chef and restaurateur based in the UK. He has been associated with a number of food campaigns such as ‘Feed Me Better’ to introduce healthier food options for school children in 2005.

Jamie owns a restaurant business named Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group, which produces digital content, runs franchised restaurants, and markets a range of food products curated by Jamie.

Jamie recently unveiled a book titled ‘Veg: Easy & Delicious Meals for Everyone’. Some of his other popular cookbooks include ‘Jamie Cooks Italy’, ‘5 Ingredients – Quick & Easy Food’, ‘Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals’ and ‘Everyday Super Food’.

Followers: 6,713,454

GlobalData influencer score: 80

8. Rocky and Mayur (@rockyandmayur)

Rocky and Mayur are TV anchors and food enthusiasts, who travel across India to capture food flavours from different cultures and states. Highway on My Plate (HOMP) was one of their most popular shows that won the Indian Telly Award for the Best Travel Show within two years of airing.

Other shows that the anchors have been part of include India’s Most Haunted and Jai Hind with Rocky and Mayur.

Followers: 1,630,227

GlobalData influencer score: 79

9. Nigella Lawson (@Nigella_Lawson)

Nigella Lawson is a UK-based food writer and cookery host. Her first book, ‘How to Eat’ was published in 1998, while her second, ‘How to be a domestic goddess’ helped her win the British Book Award of the Year. More than three million copies of her books have been sold till date.

Nigella started hosting her own cookery TV series ‘Nigella Bites’ in 1999. She also hosted ‘Nigella Feasts’ in the US in 2006, followed by a number of shows including ‘Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen’ and ‘Nigella Express’.

Followers: 2,633,457

GlobalData influencer score: 77

10. Damian Wawrzyniak (@ChefConsultant)

Damian Wawrzyniak is an award-winning chef and culinary influencer based in the UK. He was voted as one of the Top 10 UK Food Pioneer by BBC Good Food and was honoured with the Knights Cross Award by the President of Poland.

Damian has experience in two Michelin Star restaurants and has cooked for the Royal Family twice. He also provides food consulting services, cooking classes, and private dining services.

Followers: 19,508

GlobalData influencer score: 77