Ingredients, dishes, drinks, and even entire concepts can rise and fall in popularity all within the course of one night's meal service. As a restaurant owner or operator, it's imperative – but time consuming – to stay on top of what's in, what's out, and then tailor your guest's experience accordingly.
Thanks to social media, following trends and the restaurant industry experts who keep a close eye on them is as easy as the click of a button.
At the beginning of a new year, take stock of your inbox and your social feeds and evaluate who you're following and why. As the saying goes: "You are what you read."
With that, we bring you Toast's definitive list of restaurant industry experts to follow in 2019. While you're at it, check out our posts from 2016, 2017, and 2018.
How We Created the 2019 Restaurant Industry Experts to Follow List
This list features individuals – not brands or companies – in the restaurant industry. To be included on this list, candidates must be:
A chef or restaurant owner
A restaurant chain professional
A restaurant consultant
A food and beverage tv personality
A member of the media
A food and beverage C-suite member
A thought leader in the food and/or restaurant industry
They also need to have cultivated a strong following on social media and demonstrated that they consistently create and share high-quality restaurant related content across their digital channels.
Please note: This list is not set in stone. Share other restaurant industry experts we should be following in 2019 in the comments section below.
Restaurant Influencers to Follow in 2019: a Comprehensive List
We've included the Twitter accounts and corresponding personal or professional websites for each restaurant industry expert so you can quickly and easily follow them to learn more about their work and the ways they're shaping the industry.
Category:TV Personality, Chef, Author, James Beard Award Winner Writer, Father, bilious gourmand. @plattypants | nymag.com
Alton Brown Restaurant Expert Category: TV Personality, Author Host of Good Eats, Food Network Personality and Presenter, Author, Cinematographer, Musician. Thyme lord. @altonbrown - Website
Restaurant Expert Category:Media/Journalism Data and event content director. At Nation's Restaurant News since 1984. Also, researcher for Supermarket News Top 75. Formerly: daily/weekly news; restaurants. @AJ_NRN - Website
Restaurant Expert Category: Media/Journalism Co-founder of Food52. author. former new york times writer. parent of twins. I live in brooklyn, but not the cool part. @amandahesser-Website
Restaurant Expert Category: TV Personality, Author, James Beard Award Winner Chef, writer, traveler, host of The Zimmern List on The Travel Channel @andrewzimmern - Website
Restaurant Expert Category: TV Personality, Chef, Author, chef-food network personality- bon vivant - perpetual optimist - spreader of sparkles and smiles! follow me on instagram @chefanneburrell | Website
Barbara Castiglia Restaurant Expert Category: Media/Journalism Executive Editor, Modern Restaurant Management. @bcastiglia44 - Website
Restaurant Expert Category: Restaurant Consultant The Restaurant Guy. Husband, Dad, and a work in progress. Risk Specialist at Newman & Tucker Insurance. @BradleyToft - Website
Restaurant Expert Category:Media/Journalism Follow the adventures of a New York City food writer. Senior F&B editor, NRN & Restaurant Hospitality. @FoodWriterDiary - Website
Restaurant Expert Category: Restaurant Consultant, Podcasts Founder SPM (smart pizza marketing): The #1 Digital marketing platform for pizzerias | Speaker | Podcaster | Host of the top rated SPM Podcast : Family First @Irvingmedia - Website
Restaurant Expert Category: Media/Journalism VP of Editorial, NetWorld Media Group. Media maven. Yogi. Mommy. Director of Fun. Send me all your fast cas news! @CherryhFastCas- Website
Restaurant Expert Category: Food & Beverage Executive, Author Former Popeyes CEO focused on developing purpose-driven leaders who evidence competence and character in all aspects of their lives. Author of Dare To Serve. @CABachelder - Website
Restaurant Expert Category: Chef, Restaurant Consultant, Podcasts, Author Leadership and Branding Restaurant Guy - Entrepreneur - Author + 2X TEDx Speaker. IG: The_ChrisHill(Chris was also a guest on Toast's podcast, The Garnish! Listen here.) @bachkitchen - Website
Restaurant Expert Category: TV Personality, Chef, Restaurateur chef. boxing junkie. metalhead. catch me on food network's 'chopped'. visit me at @vandalnewyork, @stantonsocial + @beautyandessex. les, nyc, vegas + hollywood. @santoscooks - Website
Restaurant Expert Category:Podcasts Creator/host of The Sporkful podcast at Stitcher and the Cooking Channel web series You're Eating It Wrong and The Snackdown. An eater, not a foodie. @TheSporkful -Website
Danny Meyer Restaurant Expert Category: Restaurateur CEO Union Square Hospitality Group. Founder Shake Shack. Always Setting the Table. @dhmeyer - Website
David Chang Restaurant Expert Category: Chef, Restaurateur, TV Personality, James Beard Award Winner retroactively retired from @momofuku since 2004. @davidchang -Website
Restaurant Expert Category:Restaurant Consultant Global food/beverage industry trend watcher, consultant, & connoisseur. Senior Principal at Technomic. @davidhenkes -Website
Restaurant Expert Category:Media/Journalism editor-in-chief of the cook's cook: a community of cooks, food writers & recipe testers. food writer, cookbook author, former @nytfood recipe tester. @thecookscook - Website
Restaurant Expert Category: Media/Journalism Boston Globe food writer and restaurant critic. Don't want to do the dishes / Just want to eat the food. . @devrafirst - Website
Restaurant Expert Category:Chef, TV Personality, Restaurateur, James Beard Award Winner Watch @netflix Chef's table Season 2. Chef/Owner of Atelier Crenn/Petit Crenn/Bar Crenn. I stay 100% behind my team and my food. Food is art. @dominiquecrenn -Website
Restaurant Expert Category:Restaurant Consultant, Restaurateur The Restaurant Coach™, industry expert at Foodable and Toast. Former USAF Pararescue. My motto: All business problems are really people problems in disguise. @donaldburns -Website
Restaurant Expert Category: Chef, Restaurateur, TV Personality, Author the official account of Chef Emeril Lagasse. @emeril -Website
Restaurant Expert Category: Podcasts, Restaurant Consultant Host, RestaurantUnstoppable Podcast. Successful hospitality professionals telling their stories of success and sharing their mentorship. @EricCacciatore -Website
Restaurant Expert Category:Chef, Restaurateur, James Beard Award Winner Executive Chef, Le Bernardin @ericripert -Website
Francis Lam Restaurant Expert Category: Media/Journalism, Podcasts I write and talk about food and people. I'm the host of @splendidtable, editor at Clarkson Potter, and ex-columnist at the NYT Magazine. I take statins. @Francis_Lam -Website
Restaurant Expert Category: Chef, Food & Beverage Executive Representing Gordon Food Service through culinary research and development, restaurant trend tracking, food writing and public speaking. @GFSChefGerry - Website
Restaurant Expert Category: Chef, Restaurateur, TV Personality, Author, James Beard Award Winner Always near food @GordonRamsay - Website
Restaurant Expert Category:Chef, Restaurateur, Author, TV Personality Chef, Restaurateur, Cookbook Author, TV Personality @grahamelliot - Website
Restaurant Expert Category: Media/Journalism Editor at Restaurant Business Magazine, new restaurant concepts. Medill + Washburne Culinary grad. Previously at Spokesman Review. @flourgrrrl - Website
Restaurant Expert Category:Chef, Author Committed to helping save the world one tummy at a time! @sweetpotatosoul - Website
Restaurant Expert Category:Restaurant Consultant, Author All about restaurant & retail Leadership Strategy at Sullivision.com Author: Multiunit Leadership & The Fundamentals. Speaker, Writer, Omnivore, Dad, Lad, Grad. @Sullivision - Website
Restaurant Expert Category: Media/Journalism Executive Editor with Restaurant Business Magazine. Egghead. Married up to Haila Maze. Opinions pre-approved by a blue ribbon panel of experts. @jonathanmaze - Website
Restaurant Expert Category:Chef, Restaurateur, Author, James Beard Award Winner Chef and owner of Barbuto & Jams NYC, Adele's Nashville and Brezza Cucina Atlanta @chefjwaxman - Website
Restaurant Expert Category: Chef, Restaurateur, Author, James Beard Award Winner, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee We all are Citizens of the World. What's good for you, must be good for all. If you are lost, share a plate of food with a stranger...you will find who you are. @chefjoseandres - Website
Julie Jargon Restaurant Expert Category: Media/Journalism Wall Street Journal restaurant reporter, mom of three. LA via Chicago via Denver. Hiking, running, West Coast rap. @juliejargon - Website
Ken Burgin Restaurant Expert Category: Restaurant Consultant, Podcasts Helping restaurants, cafes, clubs & hotels to be more profitable - marketing, management, cost-control, training, staff. Plus the Profitable Hospitality podcast. @KenBurgin - Website
Restaurant Expert Category: Media/Journalism Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. Southern-based correspondent who covers the nation's food culture and food news for The New York Times and NYT cooking. @kimseverson - Website
Restaurant Expert Category: Media/Journalism I write about food and restaurants for BloombergNews. Musings and opinions are my own. @PattonLes - Website
Restaurant Expert Category:Restaurant Consultant, Author Entrepreneur, Restaurant Business Coach, Two-Time Book Author, Public Speaker, Food Activist. @1ChefonaMission - Website
Restaurant Expert Category:Chef, Restaurateur, Author, TV Personality, James Beard Award Winner Tasty's Executive Chef in Residence. Ethiopia to Sweden to Harlem. Always #chasingflavors. @marcuscooks - Website
Ming Tsai Restaurant Expert Category: Restaurateur, Chef, James Beard Award Winner Chef/Owner-Blue Dragon, Exec Producer/Host-Simply Ming and President-National Advisory Board Family Reach. Food is simple, make it tasty! (Ming was also a guest on Toast's Podcast, The Garnish! Listen here.) @mingtsai - Website
Restaurant Expert Category: Media/Journalism, Food & Beverage Executive Editor in chief, CEO, Founder, Author, Filmmaker Foodable Network and ReverNetworks building the next generation of content @paulbarron - Website
Samin Nosrat Restaurant Expert Category: Media/Journalism, Chef, TV Personality Cook, Teacher, EAT columnist nytmag, Author and Creator of SALT, FAT, ACID, HEAT on netflix @CiaoSamin - Website
Restaurant Expert Category: Media/Journalism A Bostonian documenting my eats in the city! @Boston_Foodies - Website
Restaurant Expert Category: Media/Journalism Deputy biz/tech editor for BuzzFeed News. I also write about food. Native New Yorker. Love to laugh and eat. Former Businessweek. @venessawwong - Website
Restaurant Expert Category: Media/Journalism Covering the business of food, including chain restaurants, retailers, manufacturers and industry trends for USA Today. Formerly @freep. Boston native. Fan of hashtag games and hash browns. @zlatimeyer - Website
Are we missing someone? Help us make this list even better by sharing your recommendations for restaurant industry experts to follow in 2019 in the comments section below.
We will periodically update this list with your suggestions.
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