Manchester’s foodie types are finding online success by using social media platform Twitter to cook up a treat.
There’s been a noticeable bubble of activity on the micro-blogging service from the city’s restaurateurs and chef Simon Rimmer is now the city’s “most followed” person in Manchester.
For those not familiar with the service, Twitter users are “followed” by other users who sign up to see their regular 140 character updates known as “tweets” and engage in online conversations.
No 1 Simon, has amassed more than 7,000 followers in just three months of activity with updates about his Cheshire eaterie Earl and his ready replies to questions from other others.
Earlier this week at @simonrim he reveals information about how he is currently in hospital for an operation to his leg, engages in some foodie banter and posts jokes such as “2 cannibals eating a clown, one says to the other ‘does this taste funny to you’?”
He’s not the only one who hoping tweets will prove tasty. Another of Manchester’s twitterati Lisa Tse of the Northern Quarter’s Sweet Mandarin restaurant agrees.
In the months she has been tweeting, Lisa has amassed more than 5,000 followers and is ranked the city’s 21st.
Lisa provides a very individualised service at @sweetmandarin with her food tips, replies to user questions and even cookery lessons from her trusty Blackberry.
She explains: “A few clients encouraged me to join Twitter. I already was a FACEBOOK myspace and blogger fan so why not! I joined early Feb 2009. I have never looked back since!
“Twitter is fun and has helped me connect with the community and clients. It has helped business in giving Sweet Mandarin a voice to tell people about our events, special offers and cookery school. I am also happy to answer any foodie and cooking questions and love to just natter or Twitter the day away…its like getting an insight into the world of Sweet Mandarin – and has been so amazing when Twitterers visit us!”
Some more of the region’s top chefs are just getting started. The award-winning former Harvey Nichols chef Alison Seagrave is using Twitter to engage with online users following her moves to start a new patisserie which is due to open at the end of the month in Bury.
Although @yourmacaroon only has a few followers at the moment but as she explained: “I have been really busy last couple of weeks finishing at HN (Harvey Nichols)but now 100% focused on Macaroon and tweeting updates more often.”
Here’s a couple of other north west foodie favourites from my follow list;
@ItsaNingThing the Malaysian restaurant is following in the Northern Quarter footsteps with regular tweets. So far it has tended to stick to information about the opening times, events and menu.
@HelsbyArms HelsbyArms’ Carole Currie at the Cheshire pub provides regular updates about life in the kitchen, special offers and menu items as well as wider issues such as the MPs Early Day Motion for Government assistance.
And I’m also around @foodiesarah so do tweet me if you come across any more.