The Feast's Top 20 Most "Liked" Chefs on Facebook: Y'all May Be Not Agree With #1
Do you think Michael Symon is sneering at Mario Batali across Kitchen Stadium right now, mocking him for having an inferior number of "Likes" on Facebook? We can almost hear Symon's Nelson-esque "hah-hah" from here. "Only 23,000-some Facebook fans to my more than 30-k? You've been an Iron Chef way longer than me. And I'm from Cleveland!"
The Feast Michael Symon, the #5 most "Liked" chef on Facebook
Symon would know this, of course, because yesterday The Feast came out with a list of the Top 20 Most Liked Chefs on Facebook, their self-proclaimed popularity contest ranking chefs from highest to lowest based on number of mini cyber thumbs-up.
Not surprisingly, this list is comprised mostly of those we see cooking on TV, be it on Top Chef, Hells Kitchen, or what have you. (In fact, Gordon Ramsay placed second.) This really can't be helped, as fandom is built on widespread recognition. Still, there were a few non-Food Network stars that eked in. West coaster Thomas Keller beat out many a TV cheflebrity to come in 4th place with a whopping 47,160 "Likes." Fellow Californian Alice Waters came in at number 15 with 12,489, just on top of Tom Colicchio's 8,423, and Grant Achatz of Chicago's Alinea, Gourmet's number one-ranked restaurant in North America, just squeezed in at 20th place with a respectable 4,634.
Other than that, the list is mostly peppered with the Emeril Lagasses and Guy Fieris you'd expect.
Wait, Guy Fieri? Is he really a chef? (Find out who's #1 after the jump.)