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Chef José Andrés announced to the “people of tweeter” last week that he would no longer send out personal tweets from his @chefjoseandres account, even though it will remain active. While no other local chefs match his following (more than 252,000), a few have sizeable Twitter clout. Here are some other top bar and restaurant industry tweeters in the D.C. area ranked by their audience as of Sept. 12. No surprise: The ones who have been on TV lead the pack.
Made my day come home to see my big girl had a good day. C'mon, who doesn't want to make elephants from blueberries pic.twitter.com/yeYQrHFIFb— BRYAN VOLTAGGIO (@BryanVoltaggio) September 5, 2014
Bryan Voltaggio @BryanVoltaggio Twitter bio: Husband, Father, Chef/Owner, VOLT, LUNCHBOX, FAMILY MEAL, RANGE, AGGIO Followers: 233,962* Tweets: 6,143 Joined Twitter: June 2009 The feed: Sure, there’s plenty of self-promotional stuff, but the chef also throws in adorable anecdotes about his kids and gems like “Fuck @MonsantoCo.” https://twitter.com/chrisjbukowski/status/502924111220195328
Chris Bukowski @chrisjbukowski Twitter bio: Owner @BracketRoomVA Inquiries- firstname.lastname@example.org Followers: 103,289 Tweets: 6,387 Joined Twitter: May 2012 The feed: When he’s not promoting his Clarendon bar Bracket Room or commenting on Bachelor in Paradise, Bukowski loves to post photos of his dog Miley.
Jessica sideman can not follow the one ask…no photos please. Is it really that hard not to take a photo?? Grow up http://t.co/rYvb4llZuD— Spike Mendelsohn (@chefspike) July 24, 2014
Spike Mendelsohn @chefspike Twitter bio: Good Stuff Eatery | Béarnaise | We, The Pizza | The Sheppard | SPIKED events Followers: 45,883 Tweets: 7,421 Joined Twitter: November 2008 The feed: The account is heavy on promotion of his restaurants (“We’re fueling taste buds and imaginations!”) and retweeting fans, but he will call out reporters (ahem) for taking photos in his no-photos-allowed “speakeasy” the Sheppard.
Gotta love Romo specially if u hate the Cowboys— Mike Isabella (@MikeIsabellaDC) September 7, 2014
Mike Isabella @mikeisabelladc Twitter bio: Chef/Owner Graffiato / Kapnos / G Sandwich / Top Chef All-Stars Runner-Up / Proud NJ Native Followers: 33,995 Tweets: 6,867 Joined Twitter: October 2010 The feed: This account is dominated by retweets of his own restaurants, fans, and media, but Isabella occasionally throws in some sports commentary.
Derek Brown @betterdrinking Twitter bio: I drink like it’s my job, because it is. Followers: 8,705 Tweets: 8,678 Joined Twitter: June 2009 The feed: You can always count on the serial bar owner for some quippy commentary on absurd drinking trends.
The next person who approaches me with software that is going to "revolutionize the industry" is working grill station tonight.— Geoff Tracy
(@chefgeoffs) July 15, 2014
Geoff Tracy @chefgeoffs Twitter bio: I love bacon, @norahodonnell, and my three kids. I dislike speed cameras. Follow @liasrestaurant, too. Tweet love. Followers: 5,333 Tweets: 6,355 Joined twitter: June 2009 The feed: Tracy combines restaurant specials with updates on his wife’s latest political interview as CBS This Morning co-host. Also: lots of bacon.
*Twitter followers and tweets as of Sept. 12