The restaurant industry is in a constant state of flux. As new restaurant management strategies arise, it becomes increasingly important for restaurateurs to keep a pulse on industry news and trends.
That's why we created the first annual Top 30 Restaurant Experts To Follow. The following restaurant experts are the most influential thought leaders in restaurant leadership. From chefs, to restaurant owners, to CEO's, to restaurant consultants, everyone here has experiences and insights and are a valuable, reliable resource for the latest solutions and best practices.
Our methodology was to choose restaurant leaders active on Twitter within the past month, and with more than 1,000 followers. Their social reach must be great, and they must post excellent restaurant content about management, food, and/or marketing.
The following is an alphabetical list of the most knowledgable professionals in the industry. Restaurateurs, open up your Twitter account and follow these industry professionals for some great day-to-day restaurant insights!
The Top 30 Restaurant Influencers
Editor-in-chief, Bon Appétit Magazine
Under his leadership, Bon Appétit has evolved to include a robust video presence, a successful podcast and nearly 1 million social followers on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
@rapo4 - www.bonappetit.com
Alex Van Buren
CEO, Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen, Inc.
Restaurant chain CEO focused on developing purpose-driven leaders who evidence competence and character in all aspects of their lives. Author of Dare To Serve.
@CABachelder - www.cherylbachelder.com
Co-Chair of Communications, Slow Food NYC
Food Tech and Local Food digital strategy & communication for Sea to Table, Phoenicia Diner, Slow Food NYC, and more. Arts, media, activism: ActOnClimate, VotingRights, UniteBlue, P2
@HollyA - www.makingfoodwork.com
Chef, Author of Best Big Easy
Author, chef & restaurateur dedicated to preserving our nation's foodways. Follow along for updates from the ten restaurants in New Orleans and San Antonio.
@chefjohnbesh - www.chefjohnbesh.com
Director of Digital and Social Media, Arby's
Golf Addict. Sports Nut. Husband. Dad. Kennesaw State & MTSU alum. Digital & Social Media guy at Arby's. Views expressed here are my own.
@Jmart730 - www.about.me/jmart730
Owner, Profitable Hospitality
Sharing with restaurant, cafe, club and hotel operators to make business more profitable. Focus on marketing, management, cost-control, training, staff.
@KenBurgin - www.profitablehospitality.com
CEO and editor-in-chief, Foodable
CEO, editor in chief, Exec Produce at Foodable, largest WebTV Network in food. Founder of RSM Index and Fast Casual. Author of The Chipotle Effect.
@paulbarron - www.foodable.com
Chef, Frontera Grill, Tropolo, Xoco
Chef: Frontera Grill/Topolo/Xoco, 8 Cookbooks, Emmy nom for Mexico-One Plate at a Time, Top Chef Masters winner, Recipient of Mexico's Order of Aztec Eagle
@Rick_Bayless - www.rickbayless.com
Please note that with so many knowledgeable professionals in the restaurant industry, there's no way we could have fit everyone on this list. So let us know who we’re missing!
Congratulations to everyone featured here, and good luck to contenders next year! Who did you think were the most influential restaurant experts? Who would you add to the list? Leave a comment below!