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Feb 8, 2013 06:15 PM

Are Chowhounds Influential?

Does anyone here think that the food professionals monitor these types of boards and actually change anything that they do as a result?

Does Christopher Kimball worry about what we think? Or does he just chuckle all the way (while driving his Maserati) to the bank?

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  1. I have been contacted by the media on several occasions and have made personal recs that have been followed and found their way into the press, both national and local.

    I imagine I am not alone on this score.

    So how do they contact me? First of all, they have to read Chowhound, and then they look at my profile.

      1. People in the industry know of us. No doubt.

        How much influence this site, and Chowhounds in general, have is very much debatable.

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          - Chowhounder posting(s) was posted on windows of restaurants as advertisement tools.
          - Chowhounder comments caused restaurant(s) to change their menu approaches.
          - Chowhounder was asked by food & wine editors of media and publications for ideas, photos and reviews...etc
          - Chowhounder was invited as judges in food competitions

          ....... to name a few!! That's how influential some of us can be!!

        2. I've heard that some of them browse now and then. Their passion is food and chowhounds have a lot of great ideas, opinions, etc.

          Lots of great information on these boards I can't imagine that some would come to take a look every once in a while.

          1. There used to be a lot more food professionals that were contributing 'hounds. A few of them have told me that posting became too frustrating because they were frequently deleted. Nonetheless, I assure you, they still check in to see what us food geeks think and talk about.