Back when we first exposed the chefs of Facebook at the end of 2007, they were mostly anonymous kitchen toilers. Now, since fine-dining restaurants have their own fan pages, their high-profile chef-owners have bowed to the mighty social network, friending publicists, food writers, the cyberghost of James Beard, and even critics left and right (Danyelle Freeman and Scott Conant? Tsk tsk). Of course, Twitter is also blowing up (among others, Adam Platt just started tweeting), but before we move on to the next big thing, let's take a look at the A-list of FB, shall we? (Note: If a name isn't linked, it's because the chef has a private profile.)
William Tigertt, owner of Freemans
Sample status: William finds Michael Jackson's version of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" slightly creepy.
Freemans: Tuan Bui (An Choi), Luigi Comandatore (Lulu and Bread), Taavo Somer
Franklin Becker, chef at Abe & Arthur's
Sample status: Franklin is drafting menus and writing recipes.
Friends: Chris Santos (Stanton Social), Doug Akin (The Charles), Mark Birnbaum (STK, Marcel Vigneron (Top Chef)
Nikki Castone, chef and co-owner of 24 Prince, contestant on Top Chef: Season Four
Sample status: Nikki … Chik-Fil-A, here I come!
Friends: Ken Friedman (Spotted Pig), Rocco Ancarola (Pink Elephant), Lisa Fernandes (Top Chef), Radhika Desai (TC), Jamie Lauren (TC), Josie Smith-Malave (TC)
Marco Canora, chef-owner of Hearth and Insieme
Sample comment: Graceful?????wowwww....dont think anyone has ever called me that before,must be all those years of ballet lessons...
Friends: Scott Conant, Karen DeMasco (Craft), Daniel Humm (Eleven Madison Park)
Jimmy Bradley, owner of the Harrison and Red Cat
Sample status: Jimmy Bradley asks you to join the harrison group.
Friends: Amanda Freitag (the Harrison), Tim Love (ex-Lonesome Dove), Ed Witt (ex-Bloomingdale Road)
Sarma Melngailis, owner of Pure Food and Wine
Sample status: Just got a pre-opening massage at the bar from our bartender/sommelier extraordinaire Joey. So good! Going to sleep w my new pink teddybear in a purple tinkerbell shirt made for me by Camy. My bed is a zoo.
Friends: Rocco Dispirito, Ilan Hall, Brian Bistrong (Braeburn)
Sample comment: Hey I just saw this piece about Facebook on 60mins so I thought I would give it a try..... MW
Friends: Floyd Cardoz (Tabla), Christopher Lee (Aureole), Bill Telepan (Telepan)
Waldy Malouf, chef-owner of the Beacon
Sample activity: Waldy completed the quiz HOW FREAKY ARE YOU? with the result You are A Sexual God/Goddess.
Friends: Sean Robert Chudoba (Ayza), Scott Linquist (Dos Caminos), Garrett Oliver (Brooklyn Brewery), Kerry Simon (ex-Spotlight Live)
Kerry Heffernan, chef at South Gate
Sample status: Kerry is Happy that [Clinton] Bill liked the food enough at South Gate to ask for moreFriends: Ariane Daguin (D'Artagnan), Ted Allen, Joey Campanaro (the little owl)
Ivy Stark, executive chef at Dos Caminos
Sample updates: Ivy is love my furry crocs and Ivy is teaching my prep cook to knit
Friends: Nicole Kaplan, Patricia Williams (District), Heather Carlucci-Rodriguez (Lassi)
Carlos A. Suarez, owner of Bobo
Member of: Che Guevara was a murderer and your t-shirt is not cool
Friends: Michael Citarella (Freemans), David Rabin (Los Dados), Patrick Connolly (Bobo)
Seamus Mullen, Chef-parter of Boqueria and Suba
Sample Status: Seamus is coffee and George Harrison all the morning long
Friends: Tyler Florence, Jason Neroni, Sam Talbot
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