More than 1,000 restaurants will come together on Twitter this week to celebrate the UK & Ireland’s first ever #RestaurantWeek.
Over the next seven days, many of the UK & Ireland’s best-known restaurants and restaurateurs will be bringing their industry and businesses to life for food fans, 140 characters at a time.
They’ll be sharing exciting behind-the-scenes updates, exclusive pictures, videos, news and updates with their followers, and using daily hashtags to join the conversation.
Follow the daily hashtags to join the conversation during #RestaurantWeek
Hear hints and tips from your favourite chefs - ask your questions using the hashtags #AskTheChef and don’t forget to mention your favourite restaurant!
Follow along on Twitter for live commentary from your favourite restaurants. From opening to closing and everything in between
Whether you work in a restaurant or are eating out, show us your #RestaurantSelfies!
Take a glimpse behind the kitchen door as restaurants across the UK & Ireland share the tricks of the trade
Your chance to tell everyone about your favourite place to eat - don’t forget to mention the restaurant to be in with a chance of a reply or RT!
If it’s good enough to eat it’s good enough to tweet! Share your foodie pictures on Saturday to get involved
Hear great stories from restaurants across the UK & Ireland - and join in with your memories too
Chefs taking part include Michelin-starred chefs Richard Corrigan (@CorrigansFood) and Tom Sellers (@TomsStory), and Rick Stein’s The Seafood Restaurant (@TheSeafood), where head chef Jack Stein (@JackStein) will be live-Tweeting throughout the week.
Joining them will be well-known restaurant groups including Gordon Ramsay’s York & Albany (@YorkAndAlbany), Maze Grill (@MazeGrill) and Bread Street Kitchen (@breadstkitchen), the Jamie Oliver Group (@JamieOliverCom) and Pizza Express (@PizzaExpress), alongside independent eateries and hot new start-ups including Pizza Pilgrims (@PizzaPilgrims), Poncho8 (@Ponchono8), and Luke’s Dining Room (@LukesDiningRoom).
Technology meets food
Nick Birkett, co-founder of London start-up Poncho8, said:
“Food and technology are the two hottest things in London right now.
“As a start-up, we’ve put social media at the heart of our business. It’s where our customers go for recommendations and ideas of new places to eat - we couldn’t have grown our business as fast or as effectively without it.
“Taking part in #RestaurantWeek is a no brainer for us - a fantastic chance to celebrate the industry and we can’t wait to get stuck in.”
Michelin-starred chef Tom Sellers of restaurant ‘Story’ said:
“Twitter plays a key role in all aspects of the food industry but mostly it helps connect me with my audience.”
#RestaurantWeek is being supported by the British Hospitality Association (@BHAtweets), OpenTable (@OpenTableUK) and the Restaurants Association of Ireland (@RAI_ie), and runs from June 2-8.
Follow @TwitterUK for updates throughout the week.