Food critics may prize anonymity when it comes to staying undercover while eating in restaurants, but when it comes to social media they're a lot less shy. No strangers to sharing opinions, these writers are fully equipt to deliver short, pithy commentary in 140 characters or less.
But who are the most followed critics on Twitter? For the purposes of this list we looked at active food critics, which includes individuals whose current job includes reviewing restaurants (sorry, Frank Bruni). Think of this as your ultimate guide to industry hotshots.
Correction: As Alison Cook of the Houston Chronicle was kind enough to tweet (@alisoncook), her 6,434 followers at the publication of this correction (May 5, 2011) puts her in play on this list of most followed critics on Twitter. An updated list follows.
#11 Robert Sietsema: 5,339 followers (previously 5,069)
#10 Brett Anderson: 5,688 followers (previously 5,404)
#9 Alison Cook: 6,434 followers
#8 Corby Kummer: 6,525 followers (previously 6,130)
#7 Adam Platt: 6,584 followers (previously 6,227)
#6 Jeffrey Steingarten: 7,677 followers (previously 7,304)
#5 Michael Bauer: 11,855 followers (previously 11,382)
#4 Tom Sietsema: 12,828 followers (previously 12,257)
#3 Jonathan Gold: 19,557 followers (previously 18,850)
#2 Sam Sifton: 60,027 followers (previously 56,136)
#1 Gael Greene: 72,237 followers (previously 69,230)