#15 Rocco DiSpirito: 216,065 Followers from 15 Most Followed Chefs on Twitter Slideshow

15 Most Followed Chefs on Twitter Slideshow

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#15 Rocco DiSpirito: 216,065 Followers

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Rocco's Twitter account features 8,279 tweets, follows 1,503 accounts, and boasts 216,065 followers.

Handle: @roccodispirito

Followers as of March, 2011: 100,082

 

#14 Rick Bayless: 229,763 Followers

Frontera Grill

Chef Rick Bayless may only follow 147 other accounts, but he has a very impressive 229,763 followers. Even more impressive? The 8,440 tweets to his credit, which is the second-highest number of any chef on this list.

Handle: @Rick_Bayless

Followers as of March, 2011: 124,321

 

#13 Mario Batali: 259,854 Followers

Melanie Dunea

Culinary superstar Mario Batali is clearly on top of things as far as social media is concerned. His account registers 6,093 tweets, he follows only 298 other Twitter members, and he has a notable 259,851 followers.

Handle: @Mariobatali

 

#12 Tom Colicchio: 279,307 Followers

Tom Colicchio

Chef Tom Colicchio is engaged with 230 other members of the Twitter community, and boasts a respectable 5,650 tweets. His followers total: 279,307.

Handle: @tomcolicchio

Followers as of March, 2011: 125,963

 

#11 Emeril Lagasse: 328,147 Followers

JM Hirsch

Bam! Emeril may only follow 427 other accounts, and he has tweeted a relatively tame 2,247 times. Still, he has 328,147 followers.

Handle: @Emeril

Followers as of March, 2011: 138,872

 

#10 Andrew Zimmern: 349,187 Followers

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The host of Bizarre Foods has tweeted 10,268 times (the most on this list), and follows 22,741 other accounts. He boasts a respectable 349,187 followers.

Handle: @andrewzimmern

Followers as of March, 2011: 157,581

 

#9 Tyler Florence: 371,955 Followers

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Tyler Florence's Twitter account follows 1,482 other accounts, registers 5,789 tweets, and has a strong 371,955 followers, putting him in ninth place on this list.

Handle: @TylerFlorence

Followers as of March, 2011: 264,827

 

#8 Bobby Flay: 505,108 Followers

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King of the Food Network, Bobby Flay has more than half a million followers (505,108), but like his colleague Giada, follows a very limited number of accounts (just 71). He boasts 1,533 tweets.

Handle: @bflay

Followers as of March, 2011: 236,428

 

#7 Giada De Laurentiis: 540,290 Followers

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Giada's account features 7,157 tweets, and notes that it follows just 88 other accounts, but registers a very strong 540,290 followers.

Handle: @GDeLaurentiis

Followers as of March, 2011: 251,344

 

#6 Rachael Ray: 562,953 Followers

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Ray-Ray has tweeted 1,262 times, a relatively low number for this list, and she’s not following too many other accounts, either — just 142. Still, she has 562,953 followers.

Handle: @rachael_ray

Followers as of March, 2011: 100,622

 

#5 Guy Fieri: 572,116 Followers

Guy Fieri

"Brotha" of the everyman, Guy Fieri only follows about 111 accounts, and has tweeted just 933 times. But that doesn't change the fact that he has a whopping 572,116 followers. Imagine what would happen if this culinary/cultural zeitgeist tweeted just a few more times a day and threw some @'s and RT's in there.

Handle: @GuyFieri

Followers as of March, 2011: 232,255

 

#4 Paula Deen: 710,518 Followers

Chia Chong

Paula Deen has tweeted 2,832 times, her account follows 301 other accounts (an increase of only 11 in the past year, too), and her 710,518 followers puts her in a strong fourth place.

Handle: @Paula_Deen

Followers as of March, 2011: 319,998

 

#3 Gordon Ramsay: 732,446 Followers

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Chef Gordon Ramsay's account notes 3,090 tweets, follows 2,141 other accounts, and boasts 732,466 followers.

Handle: @GordonRamsay01

Followers as of March, 2011: 266,725

 

#2 Anthony Bourdain: 807,351 Followers

Travel Channel

With 5,444 tweets, Anthony Bourdain is not too far behind Jamie Oliver's 7,879 tweets. And certainly, 807,351 followers is nothing to scoff at (especially when he's only following 233 people), putting him in a solid second place by this count.

Handle: @NoReservations

Followers as of March, 2011: 338,482

 

#1 Jamie Oliver: 2,060,983 Followers

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With his 7,879 tweets, Jamie Oliver is one of the most followed chefs in the world. As of this time his account follows 5,039 people on Twitter.

Handle: @jamieoliver

Followers as of March, 2011: 1,058,269