The 10 most followed UK restaurant critics on Twitter 2011 4

The 10 most followed UK restaurant critics

This post now has a 2012 sibling: Here

This post follows on from a post done by Huffington Post & retweeted by many including Slash Food, which is how it came to my attention. The title of their post was,

The most popular food critics on Twitter

So obviously I had a look, not a sniff of any of the UK based ones, so I thought I’d do my own list. The problem is that many of the great and good of Blighty’s eaters & writers tend not to be on the social networking sites. For example, whilst Charles Campion is a respected writer & critic he isn’t on Twitter that I’ve found. I Actually put his name into Hootsuite’s search engine only for it to return the Real Madrid player KaKa. Peter Griffin I could have seen but really, a Brazilian footballer?!?

So here you are, the 10 most followed UK based restaurant critics (following figures were current as of 10am BST today).

NameFollowersBioLink to Twitter
Giles Coren54,593Father of the more famous Kitty.@GilesCoren
Jay Rayner21,751Eats, writes about it. Ponces about on telly. Has big hair.@JayRayner1
Michael Winner12,560:I am a totally insane film director, writer, producer, silk shirt cleaner, bad tempered, totally ridiculous example of humanity in deep shit.@MrMichaelWinner
Marina o’Loughlin5,462Metro London restaurant critic and traveller for @olivemagazine. The Pvt. Walker of Tunnocks blueys. Don’t come here expecting any sense.@MarinaOLoughlin
Richard Vines4,563Bloomberg’s food critic. Personal views only.@RichardVines
Kate Spicer2,878watching waiting prevaricating.@Spicerlife
Matthew Fort2,784Guardian Food and Drink editor for 15 years, author of several award-winning books on food and expert judge on popular TV series, The Great British Menu.@MatthewFort
Amol Rajan1,892 I work for Evgeny Lebedev and The Independent stable; trustee,; reggae nut; author, Twirlymen. And I tweet in a (very) personal capacity.@amolrajan
Tracey Macleod677Agent, broadcaster, restaurant critic, model, actress, whatever…@TraceyAMacleod
Gaby Souter590The Scotsman Magazine restaurant reviewer and lifestyle writer.@GSoutar

Coren writes for The Times at the weekend. Widely disliked by the catering fraternity. Mainly because many believe he talks too much about himself & his surrounding banality rather than what he actually gets paid to review. Want an idea of how obnoxious Mr Coren is? Here is an email he sent to The Times sub editors after they tinkered with one of his reviews: Coren Email


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4 thoughts on “The 10 most followed UK restaurant critics on Twitter 2011

  • Louis

    I love that Giles Coren e-mail and are pleased to see that you have immortalised it (in an easy reading format), for me to read whenever I feel angry and i’m going to kick something (subsequently to realise that perhaps I am overreacting).

    He sure does have a lot more followers than any of the others interestingly.

    • chefhermes

      Thanks, it is a great email & I’m sure that Mr Coren will thank me for re-posting it, NOT.
      With regard to followers, all I can say is that the Sun has a readership of over 20 times that of The Times. So if you appeal to the lowest common denominator then you will have more followers.

      Many thx for the comment & I’ll be having a flick through your blog soon.

  • Cat

    Interesting article but we think you’ll find you missed out the Isle of Wight’s most popular restaurant reviewers, Matt and Cat! We’ve got over 900 followers on Twitter and have just launched our own loyalty card. Plus our website recently exceeded six million views 🙂

    • chefhermes

      Dear Matt & Cat,
      Thank you for taking the time to read & tweet about my post, but there are serveral things I should point out to you.
      Firstly the post itself was in reply to a post I think on Huffington Post and leading on from that no bloggers made that list either.
      Secondly if I were to include bloggers from the UK, people like Chris Pople (cheese n biscuits blog @ 3885 followers) or eat like a girl @ 8427 followers to name 2 would make the list.
      So although I congratulate you on your 900 followers (because it’s not easy to get & keep them), unfortunately you still wouldnt have made the list.

      The post was actually meant to be a bit tongue in cheek more than anything else.