Top 25 Restaurant Influencers

While owning or operating a successful restaurant satisfies a life-long dream for many, it’s no secret that it’s also one of the most challenging small business ventures. It’s imperative to properly plan, execute, and prepare for common challenges. This is why we’ve created this resource featuring the top thought leaders that anyone in the restaurant industry should follow to stay abreast of key happenings and insights.

Alan Sytsma

Food Editor at Grub Street. Chances are good I'm hungry right this second.

Dana Cowin

Food & Wine Editor-in-Chief. Pathologically positive. Mom. Adventure organizer. Omnivore.

Kelly Choi

Former Top Chef Masters television presenter. TV host. Coffee guzzler. Health nut. Expecting the best!

Gail Simmons

Special Projects Director at Food & Wine. Always Hungry. Find out more about Gail on

Josh Ozersky

Writer - Grub Street, Author, Gastronome, Bon Vivant, Noted Polymath and Deviant.

Helen Rosner

Features editor at Eater, contributing editor at Saveur.

Adam Sachs

Editorial Director at Tasting Table. Writer. Hoarder of duck fat. TastingTable, Travel + Leisure, Bon Appétit, Details

Jim Meehan

Mixography Inc., Bartender, Author, Editor, Educator, Advisor, Husband, Father, Designer, French Bulldog Whisperer.

Allan Roth

Beverage Manager at Char No. 4. Wine and Cheese Instructor at the Astor Center and Murray's Cheese.

Carly DeFilippo

Food writer - Honest Cooking, music buff and ex-Parisian expat. Social Media/Content Manager/Student - ICE.

Holley Atkinson

Founder -, NYC, digital media, start-ups, doc films, music.

Maximilian Quattrone

Wine Director - Frankies Spuntino, Prime Meats

Michael Chernow

Co-Owner of The Meatball Shop and Co author of Meatballers cookbook. NYC born and bredder.

Rosie Schaap

Drink columnist - The New York Times. Bar culture. Poetry. Food. Soccer. Author of DRINKING WITH MEN: A Memoir. Bartender.

Leo Robitschek

Bar Manager of Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad Hotel. Apprentice Leader of Tales of the Cocktail.

Mitchell Davis

Food lover, cookbook author, restaurant reviewer, host - Taste Matters, EVP - Beard Foundation, Chief Creative Officer - USA Expo 2015.

Jenny Miller

NYC-based food and travel writer for T+L, Bon Appetit, Saveur, Zagat, Food Republic, etc. Into good grub, exotic destinations, and bad jokes.

Garrett Oliver

Brewmaster of The Brooklyn Brewery. Author of The Brewmaster's Table. Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Companion to Beer.

Emily Cavalier

Founder & CEO - Midnight Brunch. VP Marketing, N.A. - Havas Media. Founder - Midnight Brunch. Yoga. Cocktails. Food. Digital.

Danyelle Freeman

Food-obsessed writer and Founder of Restaurant Girl. Author of Try This: Traveling The Globe Without Leaving The Table.

Levi Dalton

Trying to break as few corks as possible. Eater NY Wine Editor. Host of I'll Drink to That!

Alex van Buren

Journalist. Yahoo Food Features Editor. Founding host of NY CHOW Report on NY1. Ice cream fanatic.

Sarah Zorn

Food editor at Brooklyn Magazine, author of Brooklyn Chef's Table. Looking for anything new, fun, and quirky on the NYC dining scene.

Paul Grieco

A partner at Restaurant Hearth in the East Village and in the Terroir wine bars that now have five locations in the city.

Adam Rapoport

Editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit magazine.