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Best Chefs of Instagram 2021

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Haute cuisine meets snackable content: the perfect mix! It’s not just in kitchens around the world that things are bubbling, simmering and sizzling away. Many international top chefs are also brandishing their virtual wooden spoons on Instagram. The result? Feeds and posts that make our mouths water and our culinary imaginations soar.

Along with well-known top chefs from the scene, we would like to highlight talented chefs who have just started their careers or have so far only showcased their culinary skills on social networks such as Instagram or YouTube. In other words, we’re offering you a gamut of talented chefs and helping you spot new trends ahead of the crowd.
Join us again this year as we embark on a culinary adventure through the visually stunning world of the popular social media platform and find out which chefs will dazzle on Instagram in 2021. Have fun and #stayhungry!

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Here’s our pick of the top 20 chefs on Instagram:

Caster Azucar

London chef and YouTuber Caster Azucar is particularly experimental in the kitchen. Some of his cooking videos are reminiscent of working in a lab. In one episode, Caster focuses on making smoked garlic butter in a magnetic stirrer, and in another, he attempts to turn a sauce into an edible perfume by condensing it. The viewer is guided through the process step by step, and Caster never tires of encouraging users to recreate his daring creations themselves. His motto: Just give it a try. But Caster also has his romantic side. He likes to garnish his dishes with a variety of edible flowers, which makes his plates look like a miniature spring meadow. Delish!

 

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Ixta Belfrage

“Why in God’s name are you not a chef?” This question, posed by her sister, was the catalyst that sparked Ixta Belfrage’s culinary career. At first, Belfrage plodded along studying design, but it simply wasn’t her cup of tea. Far more appealing was the prospect of turning her passion into a career. “I’ve been cooking since I could hold a knife,” Belfrage proclaimed in a recent interview. Today, the chef, who grew up in Mexico, Brazil and Italy, slices, dices and cooks at the famous Ottolenghi test kitchen. That’s where she masterfully combines spices and ingredients from a wide variety of cultures, calling her style “unabashed fusion cuisine.” Now Belfrage is taking this out into the world. In collaboration with master chef Yotam Ottolenghi, she recently published her first cookbook with the promising title “Flavour.”

 

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Ravneet Gill

Some like it hot, others like it sweet. Ravneet Gill certainly belongs to the latter category; after all, the trained pastry chef has spent the last eight years whipping up sweet treats. Her path has taken her through the bakeries of renowned London restaurants, including St. JOHN, Llewelyn’s, Black Axe Mangal and Wild by Tart. But variety isn’t just Gill’s motto when it comes to where she works. Her Instagram feed also features a wide array of tempting sweet pleasures. Theses succulent sweet morsels range from chunky chocolate cake to jam cookies to a pavlova garnished with rose petals and quince.

 

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Needless to say, such extravagant creations can hardly go unnoticed. The attention they received led to a baking column in the well-respected newspaper The Telegraph. In her column, Gill regularly writes about her latest baking discoveries and shares seasonal recipes for sweet indulgences.

 

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Christian Jürgens

When asked about who he is as a chef , Christian Jürgens has a clear answer. “My guests are seeking an experience, something out of the ordinary. This is their most fundamental need when they come to us.” That Jürgens and his team are only too happy to meet this need is attested in no small measure by the three Michelin stars and the fabulous 19.5 Gault-Millau points that the German from Unna is proud to call his own.

 

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And Jürgen’s Instagram profile is also worth a peek. His over 50,000 followers can see the maestro’s masterful creations on fine porcelain, as though presented in a gallery . Now and then a picture appears in the feed where the 52-year-old flashes his charming smile. From dragon fruit gazpacho to ox cheek ravioli, the white plates are teeming with every delicacy imaginable. You also get a glimpse of Jürgen’s playful side. His creations sometimes resemble mythical creatures; the Renke Müllerin, for example, has two small wings made of lettuce. Besides his choice of garnish, Jürgens also charmingly infuses humor into the names he chooses for his dishes as well. He whips up a dish for his followers called “False Quail’s Egg,” which looks like an egg but is only made of a herbal broth, smoked salmon mousse and sour cream. And Jürgen’s creation “Golden Eye 2.0,” a blend of Fourme d’Ambert, apple quince and nuts, not only entices the eye and stimulates the appetite, it also tickles the funny bone since it looks like an egg sunny side up! Jürgens success at achieving the perfect balancing act between haute cuisine and all varieties of social media content on his Instagram profile is also reflected in the content focus of his channel. Sweepstakes and challenges with social benefits, as well as his own recipes, make for a scrumptious posting potpourri.

 

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Julia Sherman

The prize for the funniest Instagram username among Best Chefs 2021 definitely goes to Julia Sherman’s saladforpresident. Beside it’s witty wordplay, her profile name also makes a statement about her cooking style. As green and healthy as possible is her motto, and this also holds true when it comes to her alcoholic beverages . For example, Sherman recently collaborated with California winemaker Martha Stoumen to create her own sparkling wine called Jus Jus Verjus, which is characterized by its natural processing and particularly low alcohol content.
Sherman’s Instagram profile now boasts more than 60,000 followers, who are treated to more than just healthy recipes made from all kinds of freshly harvested fruits and vegetables. The culinary influencer not only excels in the culinary field, she is also an activist. In fact, she has even launched campaigns herself, such as LA Fruit Share, a zero waste initiative she founded together with three friends. Thanks to LA Fruit Share, lemons, oranges, peaches, grapefruit, avocados and kumquats, which grow on private property all over Los Angeles, will be made widely available to fruit lovers. For this cause, more than 230 people with fruit trees and bushes have now registered and placed fruit baskets in front of their houses for self pick-up. We can all certainly take a bite out of this delicious and meaningful #foodactivism!

 

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Jayacancook

This woman has plenty of pots on the stove at once. Jayacancook is not only a chef, caterer, baker and food photographer, she also rocks the social media game in her spare time. She stocks her Instagram feed with extremely appetizing delicacies, from lamb shank to duck breast sous vide.

 

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If you have a sweet tooth, and are into offbeat cake creations, then Jaya’s feed is most definitely the place for you. For her more than 7,500 followers, the creative all-rounder conjures up Hennessy cakes with dollar bill icing in gangster style as well as a tangy mojito cake with rice paper décor.

 

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Julia Komp

Julia Komp has already achieved quite a lot in her short life. After all, she is Germany’s youngest star chef! She received this highest honor in 2016 when she was only 27 years old– and her triumphant success has continued. At the 23rd Busche Gala she was recently named Chef of the year 2020. We send out our congratulations! But just what is the secret to her success? Komp’s approach definitely plays a decisive role. For example, she makes a point of ensuring that the ingredients for her exotic creations come either directly from the region or from suppliers she has met on her travels. In 2019, the young star chef embarked on a 12-month adventure that took her through the kitchens of the world. Equipped with thousands of new culinary ideas, her heart especially beats for the taste sensations of Asia and the Orient, whose flavors she brilliantly combines with French and German cuisine.

 

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Chef Cat Turner

In a way, Chef Cat Turner’s love of good food, fresh ingredients, and her eye for detail were inborn, considering both her grandmother and mother were also chefs. Born and raised in Alabama, the now-chef says she spent “most of her time in the kitchen” from an early age. Although she herself is vegan, she still whips up savory delicacies like stuffed sea bass with a sophisticated miso garnish for her nearly 14,000 Instagram followers, in addition to mouthwatering desserts like red velvet cake. As an African American woman, Chef Cat Turner is aware that her position makes her a significant leader for many female chefs as well as people of color. She is clear about what she stands for. “Breaking down barriers and opening the door to new opportunities for women and African Americans” is both her goal and mission.

 

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Ella Mills

Most people know the 29-year-old British food blogger Ella Mills under her brand name Deliciously Ella. In 2012, she started her blog about natural foods and vegan meals after suffering from a nervous system disorder. Since that time, Deliciously Ella has become a substantial platform for healthy and conscious nutrition, showcasing more than just recipes for vegan feel-good dishes. In addition to the app, cookbooks, and podcast, Ella also runs a deli in London with her husband, which they plan to turn into a restaurant in 2021. Her colorful Instagram account features sophisticated dishes that are easy to recreate. In her app, one extra treat Mills includes alongside her recipes are yoga courses – a true all-around talent!

 

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Yoric Tieche

Yoric Tieche brandishes the wooden spoon at the fine French Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, and his creations are just as exclusive as the 5-star hotel. He displays his works in colorful photographs, whose genius lies in their simplicity. For star chef Tieche, it gets a bit juicy in a fruity way from time to time. Sometimes he conjures up scallops with citrus garnish, at other times he serves his nearly 2,000 followers pictures of crabmeat mixed with dates and orange blossom. Tieche’s love for fruits and vegetables is clearly reflected on his profile. For example, the star chef has set up his own highlight called #Vegetal and placed it prominently. We hope that Tieche’s joy for cooking will continue to flourish and bear rich fruits!

 

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Matt Zielonka

Calling himself a “pasta man,” which most definitely describes his greatest passion, Matt Zielonka has devoted his culinary art entirely to pasta. Whether it’s rigatoni with vodka sauce, polka dot ravioli or his famous black and white striped “Batman Cappellacci,” Zielonka always finds an exciting new twist for his pasta dishes.

 

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Pasta lovers can enjoy these creations at 180 The Strand in London. For those who don’t fancy travelling all the way to the English capital, Zielonka’s culinary art can also be enjoyed virtually at home. He will soon offer his own pasta classes on his website. Considering that he has over 100,000 followers on Instagram, this should add up to quite a few students.

 

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Calum Franklin

Calum Franklin’s domain is the Holborn Dining Room in London. As Executive Chef , the native Brit mainly creates quirky pie variations. Whether shaped like a rugby ball, a scaly fish or an embellished skull in the style of Día de Muertos, Franklin’s pies fire the imagination in both taste and appearance, which definitely elevates the unofficial English national dish to the next level.
He already has over 119 thousand followers on Instagram, which is probably thanks to more than just the images of his playful delicacies. Franklin’s dry English humor often comes across in his captions and comments, making his Instagram profile a truly all-round entertaining experience.

 

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Zubeyir Ekicibasi

On his Instagram account, Zubeyir Ekicibasi proves that solid culinary craftsmanship and patisserie don’t always have to be mutually exclusive. As head chef of the Selectum Family Resort in southwestern Turkey, Zubeyir Ekicibasi bewitches his guests with unique creations. Since food should be a feast for the eyes as well as the palate, he wraps shrimp and salmon fillets in colorful layers that look like glazing. In keeping with this spirit, he arranges them together with edible flowers.

 

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Something special about Zubeyir Ekicibasi is that he learned his craft from a German. Jörg Ruf stood by his side as a mentor, and the two still have a close friendship today.

 

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Jordi Cruz

At only 24, Jordi Cruz was named the youngest chef in Spain. In the meantime, he has already been awarded five Michelin stars. He is the owner of ABaC Restarurant in Barcelona, where he delights his guests with Catalan creations. In the kitchen he focuses mainly on traditional dishes with modern influences and uses only high quality and fresh ingredients.
However, Cruz’s culinary art is not the only thing that is beautiful to look at. The 42-year-old is also something of a heartthrob. In addition to his work as a chef, he also appears on Spanish television. As a judge, he evaluates participants on the show “Masterchef Spain.”

 

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Josh Niland

The Australian Josh Niland is considered a pioneer in cooking fish. The 32-year-old chef’s philosophy is to waste as little of the fish as possible. In conventional cuisine, up to 50 percent of the fish and shellfish we prepare end up in the trash or are processed into fish meal. For Niland, this is unthinkable. At his Saint Peter fish restaurant in Sydney, he aims to transform around 90 percent of seafood into culinary delicacies in the kitchen – including the head, guts and fins.

 

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In 2019, he laid out his nose-to-tail approach vividly on paper in the hit cookbook “The Whole Fish.” Fans can find his creations in more places than just on his Instagram account. Stylish images of dishes like trout perch fillet complete with grilled head, fermented turmeric and a lobster vinaigrette abound here. Niland’s desserts are particularly innovative, such as the cod liver paté over pickled cherries.

 

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Ben Ebbrell

The young Brit is co-founder and chef at SORTEDfood, one of the largest online cooking and nutrition communities. Over two million users worldwide use SORTED’s app, which features easy and inexpensive dishes you can make yourself. The idea behind the concept is simple: members of the club can access recipes, share ideas and find new inspiration for their cuisine.
As one of the only two co-founders with culinary training, Ebbrell is the company’s most well-known face. On Instagram, he dazzles his followers with everyday dishes like pumpkin mulled wine mac ‘n’ cheese with caramelized onions. In 2020, Ebbrell’s group of friends published their latest cookbook called “How We Cook,” which features exciting, sophisticated and diverse recipes that don’t require a professional kitchen.

 

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Nadiya Hussain

The Brit Nadiya Hussain made the cake for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebration – who else can make such a claim? The 36-year-old baker started her successful career in 2015 as the winner of the baking show “The Great British Bake Off.” Things really took off from there. Hussain is now an author, columnist for the Times Magazine, as well as a television host.
She also wields the whisk on Instagram. In addition to small insights into Nadiya’s everyday family life, her followers receive recipes and suggestions for delicious dishes that should above all be suited for everyday life. Since 2020, fans of the talented cook can also get inspiration from the series “Foodhacks with Nadiya Hussain” on Netflix.

 

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Tieghan Gerard

Tieghan Gerard is probably better known to many as Half Baked Harvest. On her blog, which she started in 2012, Tieghan regularly posts recipes-mainly using ingredients that come from her own garden in the mountains of Colorado. She lives there with most of her family in a barn they remodelled themselves.
The author of two cookbooks attaches great importance to using local, seasonal and high-quality products. Her latest cookbook, ” Half Baked Harvest Super Simple” is already a New York Times bestseller, even though it has only been available for a little less than a year. Whether it’s baking or cooking, Tieghan’s passion can definitely be found in the kitchen – and on Instagram, 2.3 million followers regularly share this passion with her.

 

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Sohla El-Waylly

Sohla El-Waylly worked as an editorial assistant for Bon Appétit magazine between August 2019 and August 2020, and she increasingly popped up in the YouTube videos of the popular channel. In August 2020, Sohla parted ways with Bon Appétit after a photo of the then editor-in-chief in a racist costume was shared on Twitter. In addition, like many of the magazine’s non-white employees, she spoke about the poor treatment and pay she received compared to her white colleagues.
In the meantime, Sohla has her own show on the YouTube channel “Binging With Babish”, “Stump Sohla.” She also collaborates with Food52 where she publishes a video every week in the series “Off-Script with Sohla.” Currently, El-Waylly is working on her first cookbook. On Instagram, Sohla has nearly 550,000 followers who have followed her throughout the tumultuous year of 2020.

 

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Andrew Rea

Babish Culinary Universe” on YouTube has introduced film producer Andrew Rea to a wider audience – over eight million people have subscribed to his channel there. On Instagram, on the other hand, he has “only” 950,000 followers who follow his film and cooking universe.

 

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Rea became known for cooking dishes from series and movies, such as “Parks and Recreation”, “Friends” or “Pokémon.” “Binging with Babish” soon gained a companion show, “Basics with Babish,” where Andrew explains in simple terms how to prepare standard dishes. In late 2019, he released his second cookbook, “Binging with Babish: 100 Recipes Recreated from Your Favorite Movies and TV Shows.” In 2021, the chef will launch his own line of cooking utensils.

 

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