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May 3, 2019

Chef influencers 2019: The top ten in the foodservice industry

GlobalData researchers have found the top chef influencers in the food service sector, based on their performance and engagement online in the past 90 days.

By Rosie Lintott

GlobalData researchers have named the top chef influencers 2019 in the food service sector, based on their performance and engagement online in the past 90 days.

1) Jose Andres

Andres is a Spanish-American chef who owns restaurants across America and is named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” in 2012 and 2018. Andres is known for many culinary innovations, he started World Central Kitchen in 2010, a non-profit organisation providing solutions to end hunger and poverty by using food to empower communities and strengthen economies.

  • Twitter followers: 740K
  • GlobalData influencer score: 100

2) Jamie Oliver

Another of the top chef influencers 2019 is Jamie Oliver, a chef and restaurateur from the UK. He is best known for his television series ‘The Naked Chef’ and being a campaigner for healthier meals in schools across the country. As well as this he has various cookbooks and ‘Jamie Oliver’s Italian’ restaurants in the UK.

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  • Twitter followers: 6.76M
  • GlobalData influencer score: 99

3) Zack Gallagher

Gallagher is an Irish chef, blogger and social media influencer. He started the Irish Food Guide blog in 2008 where he promotes Irish food, producers, restaurants, events and festivals. He also launched a project called Irish Food Tours that is a forum for food producer and tour operators to develop food tourism in Ireland.

  • Twitter followers: 35.6K
  • GlobalData influencer score: 96

4) Gordon Ramsay

Ramsay is an international multi-Michelin starred chef with a number of restaurants around the world including the UK, France, Singapore, Hong Kong and the US. He is also known for his television shows: Kitchen Nightmares, Hell’s Kitchen, Hotel Hell and MasterChef US.

  • Twitter followers: 7.06M
  • GlobalData influencer score: 87

5) Joe Bandler

Bandler started off as a young chef then turned into a business consultant to restaurant owners. As well as this he has cookbooks on ‘Joe’s bucket list’, while contributing recipes as well as Kitchen Tools and Gizmos reviews on the website Sugar Free Zone.

  • Twitter followers: 76.6K
  • GlobalData influencer score: 87

6) JP McMahon

McMahon is an Irish chef officially appointed ‘Ambassador of Irish Food’ as well as receiving the only Michelin Star in the west of Ireland. He is also the culinary director of the EatGalway Restaurant Group, which includes three restaurants: EAT Gastropub, Cava Bodega and Aniar. McMahon is also the current chairperson for the Galway Food Festival.

  • Twitter followers: 16.7K
  • GlobalData influencer score: 84


7) Billy Parisi

Parisi is an American chef who spent 15 years in the industry as a line cook, sous chef and executive chef. He now writes recipes and appears occasionally on TV, as well as shooting videos and taking pictures of his latest creations. He bases is cooking on classic French and Italian cooking techniques.

  • Twitter followers: 17.2K
  • GlobalData influencer score: 81

8) Nigella Lawson

Lawson is an English food writer and cooking show host. She began her work in the industry as a book reviewer and restaurant critic. She has also cookbooks ‘How to Eat’, ‘How to be a Domestic Goddess’ and ‘Nigella Bites’.  She has hosted TV shows including ‘Nigella Bites’, ‘Nigella Feasts’, ‘Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen’ and ‘Nigella Express’. Even though she doesn’t like to be referred to as a ‘chef’ she has made it to the top ten chef influencers 2019.

  • Twitter followers: 2.63M
  • GlobalData influencer score: 78

9) Andrew Zimmern

Zimmern is a four-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef writer and teacher. He is also the creator, executive producer and host of Travel Channel’s ‘Bizarre Foods’ franchise, ‘Andrew Zimmern’s Driven by Food, ‘The Zimmern List’ and Food Network’s ‘Big Food Truck Tip’ where he explores over 170 countries.

  • Twitter followers: 1.27M
  • GlobalData influencer score: 78

10) Ranveer Brar

Brar is an Indian chef from Lucknow also known for being a judge on Masterchef in India. The young chef is also an author, TV show host, food columnist and food stylist/artist.

  • Twitter followers: 1.75M
  • GlobalData influencer score: 75


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