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Dallas Chefs on Twitter: the Good, the Bad and the Exceptionally Weird

Social media is a beautiful thing. Sites like Twitter and Facebook allow us to read all about our high school classmates' stupid kids, yell at politicians about gun control and tweet creepy, 140-character love notes at celebrities we like. Thanks to cooking shows like Top Chef and Chopped, chefs are rapidly becoming part of the social media glitterati.

Dallas certainly has its share of nationally and locally famous chefs. Many of them eschew social media, probably because they're too busy foraging for weird ingredients or learning chemistry so that they can spherify foods. There are a few that really love their social media, and they're actually pretty good at it.

I'm not saying that you should actually follow all of these chefs on Twitter for a wealth of good food content. But you shouldn't miss out on the unintentional (and intentional) hilarity, quality food information, and other goodness on these nine timelines.

1. Tiffany Derry Chef and owner of TD Creations, Tiffany Derry, formerly of Private | Social, is no fan of Maggiano's Little Italy. That bread may be delicious, but obviously it's not that easy on the digestive tract. We all know what the bubbly guts are, and that they should be avoided at all costs. Besides, she's probably way too busy filming episodes of Bar Rescue and volunteering in Haiti to even have time to eat out.

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2. Chad Houser Chad Houser is, like, the ultimate do-gooder. His Cafe Momentum project helps improve the lives of at-risk youth by training them for jobs in the culinary world, all through providing delicious dinners cheffed by some of the area's best and brightest. Your Twitter feed could probably use a little more brightness, like this sweet tweet from Houser to "hero" Kent Rathbun.

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3. John Tesar Chef John Tesar's highly anticipated "modern steakhouse" Knife is set to debut at the Hotel Palomar soon, and you can track the whole process from construction to the grand opening on Tesar's Twitter feed. There have also been a few sneak peeks of dishes, like the mysterious bone-in burger pictured above. Grammar nerds beware: Tesar has come up with some of the best dishes in town, but his spelling needs work.

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4. Tim Love Fort Worth chef Tim Love's Twitter feed is a glimpse into his insanely busy, Tuaca-fueled life. It's like if Spring Break had a Twitter. He tweets a lot about his restaurants and their newest offerings, like a ridiculous sounding Jamon Iberico eggs benedict on the brunch menu Queenie's in Denton. Most recently, Love's been subtly humblebragging about his recent Sports Illustrated beach volleyball tournament win with Victoria's Secret Angel and swimsuit issue cover girl Lily Aldridge. Who could blame the lucky bastard?

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5. Najat Kaanache Ex-Souk and P|S chef Najat Kaanache makes things interesting from the jump on her Twitter bio. Apparently she's "pushing every day to liberate human brains in the name of creativity, science, health & happiness." It's been radio silence from Kaanache since her departure from Souk, and the topics of her tweets are as wide-ranging as her innovative cooking style. This cryptic tweet from shortly after her ouster at Souk seems to indicate that Najat Kaanache, the "pilgrim chef," will be soldiering on to new ventures.

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6. TheDallasChef Who knows who this random Dallas chef is, but he's been "making things taste gooder since 1982." Some of his tweets are wildly misogynistic, many are stunningly stupid, but a few goodies provide an interesting insight into this anonymous guy's culinary life in Dallas.

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Jack Perkins understands the value of Twitter: Fighting with strangers!
Jack Perkins understands the value of Twitter: Fighting with strangers!
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7. Jack Perkins Everyone's favorite bristly, meat-slinging curmudgeon doesn't tweet a whole lot, but a lot of what comes from the twisted brain behind the beard (otherwise known as Jack Perkins) is pretty damn hilarious. Sometimes he can be a real asshole on Twitter, especially when people complain about the food at one of his restaurants. Those feuds are fun to watch, and even more fun to participate in. Not that I know this personally or anything.

Your Twitter feed doesn't just have to be selfies and ridiculous GOP conspiracy theories. Now, you can experience the weirdness, greatness, and sometimes awfulness of Dallas chefs in real-time. You're welcome.


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