Features 3 minutes 09 August 2019

Who To Follow on Instagram, According to Chefs

We asked some of the most creative chefs across the country who they follow on Instagram for ideas and inspiration.

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Yolk porn! Melty cheese! Whether it fashion, interior design or food, Instagram can be a good source of inspiration (and a serious time-killer). And chefs, too, scroll the app—not just to see what their friends are up to, but also in search of inspiring accounts to follow, admiring practicality, personality and authenticity while seeking learning opportunities.

While chefs ranging from Jamie Oliver to cake wiz Yolanda Gampp top the charts in terms of sheer numbers, these recommendations come directly from professional chefs who are busy honing their craft. Consider adding these chefs to your feed for extra inspiration on your daily scroll.

Antonino Cannavacciuolo

@antoninochef

Roman chef/owner Rudy Accornero of Oak Tuscan Truffle Lounge in Manhattan’s West Village follows Antonino Cannavacciuolo, executive chef at two-Michelin-starred restaurant Villa Crespi near Lake Como. “He’s an old-style cook, but a very good cook,” says Accornero. “I love his tartare recipe, it’s the best.” (Oak Tuscan Truffle Lounge’s Instagram account is not slacking either. Accornero posts photos of 585-gram truffles and features photos of himself with notable celebs like Ben Stiller and Oprah Winfrey.)

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Saint-honoré #chocolat

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Cédric Grolet

@cedricgrolet

Chef/co-owner Toney Liu of NYC’s new restaurant The Queensboro in Jackson Heights follows the French pastry dynamo Cédric Grolet of Paris’s Le Meurice. “[His work] is just beautiful,” he says. Liu also follows Supermoon Bake House, a colorful bakery and feed from the co-founders of Mr. Holmes Bakehouse. “They do croissants and other things with laminated doughs,” Liu says, “but they started putting different colors into the laminated doughs, so it’s very cool.”
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(pop)corn on the cob

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Dan Barber

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Several chefs mention that they “learn a lot” from following the sustainable chef behind the one-Michelin-starred Blue Hill in Manhattan and its suburban sibling restaurant of the same name at Stone Barns in nearby Pocantico Hills. “He shows what things are happening on the farm, the different techniques of growing produce,” Liu explains. “It’s unique that he starts from there and not from the end product, which is what you see from most chefs on Instagram.”

Barbara Lynch

@barbaralynchbos

Chef Kristen Kish of Austin’s Arlo Grey follows the legendary Boston-based chef and restaurateur behind restaurants such as stalwart No. 9 Park, B&G Oysters, The Butcher Shop and Menton. “I follow my chef friends whom I admire not for being great chefs—although they are—but more so because of who they are as people outside of the culinary amazing-ness,” Kish says. Lynch’s Instagram features mostly unfiltered food and travel shots encapsulating her unique perspective on life and dining.

Brooke Williamson

@chefbrookew

Kish also follows Brooke Williamson, Top Chef alum and Los Angeles-based chef and owner (with husband Nick Roberts) of The Tripel, Playa Provisions and Hudson House Bar. Her Instagram prominently features her family life, huge servings of paella, body-positive fitness shots, career updates and overall positive vibes—in other words, a real life.

Stephanie Izard

@stephanieizard

Another of Kish’s favorite accounts is that of Stephanie Izard, the chef/partner of Chicago’s acclaimed Girl & The Goat and Little Goat Diner. Izard is both an Iron Chef and Top Chef alum (and winner!), and her Instagram features colorful, upbeat takes on her adventurous world as a chef, mother, swimmer (and triathlete!) and enthusiastic eater. “It’s nice to know [chefs] as people first,” says Kish, “because it’s only then that you truly know [from] where their food stems.”

Jenner Tomaska

@jennertomaska

Colin Stringer of the restaurant nonesuch in Oklahoma City follows Jenner Tomaska, a friend and the chef at Grant Achatz’s Next in Chicago. “Jenner’s very good at posting these very detailed descriptions and techniques,” says Stringer. “He goes out of his way to make them really practical. It’s not just ‘Oh, I’m doing this fancy thing you’ve never heard of.’ It’s really practical.”

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Antonino Cannavacciuolo

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Roman chef/owner Rudy Accornero of Oak Tuscan Truffle Lounge in Manhattan\u2019s West Village follows Antonino Cannavacciuolo, executive chef at two-Michelin-starred restaurant Villa Crespi near Lake Como. \u201cHe\u2019s an old-style cook, but a very good cook,\u201d says Accornero. \u201cI love his tartare recipe, it\u2019s the best.\u201d (Oak Tuscan Truffle Lounge\u2019s Instagram account is not slacking either. Accornero posts photos of 585-gram truffles and features photos of himself with notable celebs like Ben Stiller and Oprah Winfrey.)

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Saint-honor\u00e9 #chocolat

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C\u00e9dric Grolet

@cedricgrolet

Chef/co-owner Toney Liu of NYC\u2019s new restaurant The Queensboro in Jackson Heights follows the French pastry dynamo C\u00e9dric Grolet of Paris\u2019s Le Meurice. \u201c[His work] is just beautiful,\u201d he says. Liu also follows Supermoon Bake House, a colorful bakery and feed from the co-founders of Mr. Holmes Bakehouse. \u201cThey do croissants and other things with laminated doughs,\u201d Liu says, \u201cbut they started putting different colors into the laminated doughs, so it\u2019s very cool.\u201d
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Several chefs mention that they \u201clearn a lot\u201d from following the sustainable chef behind the one-Michelin-starred Blue Hill in Manhattan and its suburban sibling restaurant of the same name at Stone Barns in nearby Pocantico Hills. \u201cHe shows what things are happening on the farm, the different techniques of growing produce,\u201d Liu explains. \u201cIt\u2019s unique that he starts from there and not from the end product, which is what you see from most chefs on Instagram.\u201d
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@barbaralynchbos

Chef Kristen Kish of Austin\u2019s Arlo Grey follows the legendary Boston-based chef and restaurateur behind restaurants such as stalwart No. 9 Park, B&G Oysters, The Butcher Shop and Menton. \u201cI follow my chef friends whom I admire not for being great chefs\u2014although they are\u2014but more so because of who they are as people outside of the culinary amazing-ness,\u201d Kish says. Lynch\u2019s Instagram features mostly unfiltered food and travel shots encapsulating her unique perspective on life and dining.
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Kish also follows Brooke Williamson, Top Chef alum and Los Angeles-based chef and owner (with husband Nick Roberts) of The Tripel, Playa Provisions and Hudson House Bar. Her Instagram prominently features her family life, huge servings of paella, body-positive fitness shots, career updates and overall positive vibes\u2014in other words, a real life.\n
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@stephanieizard

Another of Kish\u2019s favorite accounts is that of Stephanie Izard, the chef/partner of Chicago\u2019s acclaimed Girl & The Goat and Little Goat Diner. Izard is both an Iron Chef and Top Chef alum (and winner!), and her Instagram features colorful, upbeat takes on her adventurous world as a chef, mother, swimmer (and triathlete!) and enthusiastic eater. \u201cIt\u2019s nice to know [chefs] as people first,\u201d says Kish, \u201cbecause it\u2019s only then that you truly know [from] where their food stems.\u201d
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Colin Stringer of the restaurant nonesuch in Oklahoma City follows Jenner Tomaska, a friend and the chef at Grant Achatz\u2019s Next in Chicago. \u201cJenner\u2019s very good at posting these very detailed descriptions and techniques,\u201d says Stringer. \u201cHe goes out of his way to make them really practical. It\u2019s not just \u2018Oh, I\u2019m doing this fancy thing you\u2019ve never heard of.\u2019 It\u2019s really practical.\u201d

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