#RestaurantWeek comes to the UK & Ireland

By ‎@brucedaisley‎

More than 1,000 restaurants will come together on Twitter this week to celebrate the UK & Ireland’s first ever #RestaurantWeek.

#RestaurantWeek comes to the UK & Ireland

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

Monday:#AskTheChef

Hear hints and tips from your favourite chefs - ask your questions using the hashtags #AskTheChef and don’t forget to mention your favourite restaurant!

Tuesday: #DayInTheLife

Follow along on Twitter for live commentary from your favourite restaurants. From opening to closing and everything in between

Wednesday:#RestaurantSelfies

Whether you work in a restaurant or are eating out, show us your #RestaurantSelfies!

Thursday:#KitchenSkills

Take a glimpse behind the kitchen door as restaurants across the UK & Ireland share the tricks of the trade

Friday:#MyFavouriteRestaurant

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!

Saturday:#FoodiePhotos

If it’s good enough to eat it’s good enough to tweet! Share your foodie pictures on Saturday to get involved 

Sunday:#OurStory

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.