Most of the food accounts we follow on Instagram aren’t “real” chefs. Yeah, that vegan food photographer who posts a different smoothie bowl every day has stunning photos, but if you’re looking for drool-worthy food, why not go straight to the source? Check out these chefs’ Instagram accounts and get ready for the hunger pains.
1. Marcus Samuelsson (@marcuscooks)
As the owner of 11 restaurants and author of 6 cookbooks, Ethiopian-born and Swedish-raised Marcus Samuelsson definitely knows his way around food. His Instagram features everything from fried chicken to the hearty black-eyed pea chili above. No matter what you’re craving, you’ll be sure find something to drool over.
2. Dave Chang (@davidchang)
A photo posted by Dave Chang (@davidchang) on Feb 16, 2016 at 1:38pm PST
David Chang is head chef and owner of Momofuku, which started as a noodle bar but has now expanded to include 13 restaurants, a bakery (established by award-winning pastry chef Christina Tosi), 2 bars, and a Culinary Lab. His Instagram heavily features succulent meat, seafood, and of course, noodle dishes.
3. Juan Manuel Barrientos (@juanmaelcielo)
Named one of the 50 best chefs of Latin America, Juan Manuel Barrientos is a rising star in the culinary world. Through his Instagram, you can see stunning pictures of his culinary creations and a glimpse into his personal life (he’s super cute). The photo captions are in Spanish, but who cares? After all, food is a universal language.
4. René Redzepi (@reneredzepinoma)
A photo posted by Rene Redzepi (@reneredzepinoma) on Jul 15, 2015 at 7:31am PDT
Co-owner of Noma, what many hail as “the best restaurant in the world,” the Danish Rene Redzepi has an Instagram account like no other. Every photo is breathtaking and makes you rethink the ingredients and preparation that go into cooking our food. Whether it’s a photo of a finished dish or raw ingredients, your jaw is sure to drop.
5. Janice Wong (@janicewong2am)
This Singaporean pastry chef features some of the most interesting desserts out there on her Instagram. Pictured above is a strawberry caprese with strawberry ice cream, tayberry fluff, compressed Tochiki prefecture strawberry, vinegar white strawberry, chartreuse, sakura pearls, burrata snow, strawberry consommé. It almost looks too pretty to eat (keyword: almost).
6. Ari Taymor (@aritaymor)
A photo posted by @aritaymor on Jan 31, 2016 at 5:45pm PST
Founding partner and chef behind Alma, the LA pop-up-turned-restaurant sensation, Ari Taymor’s Instagram account is filled with bright colors and simple platings like this smoked trout and beets with “everything crumble.” Not only is his food beautiful, Taymor’s Instagram also includes stunning nature photography and lots of cute dog photos.
7. Camille Becerra (@camillebecerra)
Vibrant and joyful, Becerra’s Instagram account showcases food she makes, food she eats, and food she sees on her travels. Not to worry, all of it looks absolutely delicious. Especially this porridge of coconut, pine nut, maguey honey, and toasted walnut oil. Photos from a recent trip to Mexico fill her account with splashes of color and traditional Mexican cooking, making you crave tacos like no other.
8. Jamie Oliver (@jamieoliver)
A photo posted by Jamie Oliver (@jamieoliver) on Mar 23, 2016 at 5:27am PDT
British restauranteur and TV personality Jamie Oliver is a household name. Yet, most people don’t realize that his Instagram is filled with mouthwatering photos like these Hungover Noodles. Plus, most of his posts of dishes include links to the recipes, so getting those noodles in your mouth as fast as possible is really only a click away.
9. Jennifer Yee (@jenyeepastry)
Currently head pastry chef at Lafayette, a French café and bakery in New York City, Yee’s instagram is filled with tasty and pretty sweets that are sure to make you crave some sugary goodness. Pictured above is preparation for macaron push pops. You’ll have to check out her Instagram to see the final product!
10. Dominique Ansel (@dominiqueansel)
A photo posted by dominiqueansel (@dominiqueansel) on Feb 9, 2016 at 11:51am PST
Dominique Ansel has become a household name for his creation of the original cronut. However, most people don’t realize that that’s not all he has to offer. His Instagram is filled with a mix of delicate and buttery pastries (including world-famous cronuts, of course), savory dishes, and various cakes and tarts. Who needs tequila when you’ve got a cookie shot? Give us this twist on the classic milk and cookies any day.
Tired of your Instagram feed being an infinite cycle of beaches, dimly lit restaurant plates, and party pics? Go follow these chefs right now and fill your feed with scrumptious food porn, behind-the-scenes looks into their kitchens, and some cute selfies (c’mon, chefs are people too).