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Follow the Food Porn – 25 Best Chefs of Instagram 2019

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Welcome to the Web’s culinary mecca! Instagram lets everyone from hobby cooks to Michelin-starred chefs give their followers a behind-the-scenes look at their kitchens. By dishing up bite-sized portions of “food porn”, brilliant gastronomic minds can expand their influence far beyond their own four walls.

We – the KTCHNrebel Editorial Team – have decided to celebrate a few of Instagram’s biggest and most creative culinary stars. A word of caution, though: don’t check out any of these 25 “best” chefs’ pages on an empty stomach.

Is your Instagram account on our list of recommendations? Congratulations! You can download an official award logo for your page here: Best Chefs of Instagram Award by KTCHNrebel

Here is our selection:

Jan Hartwig

Though he describes himself as a culinary “craftsman”, his obsession with detail and exceptional sense of flavor have earned him three Michelin stars. Around 50,000 hungry fans follow his Instagram account, which features artfully arranged creations he serves at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof’s Atelier.  The taste tête-à-têtes in his photos are deliciously “outside the box”: smoked fish mousse with passion fruit, heart with baby gherkins, octopus with macadamia nuts.

 

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Bongkoch „Bee“ Santongun

Michelin star winner Bongkoch Satongun, Asia’s Best Female Chef of 2018, uses her truly inspiring Instagram account to spotlight her work at Paste Bangkok, which combines traditional techniques with innovative Thai flavors. Chef “Bee” uses regional and seasonal ingredients to create visionary interpretations of some of the world’s most exciting cuisine.

 

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Rene Redzepi

Noma has been at the top of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list four times now, and the head chef’s fantasy-filled Instagram page illustrates why. The world-class Danish chef’s account is half cooking, half art, and showcases his innovative spirit as well as his palpable love for products. His creations—regional specialties and exotic creations based on everything from seafood to flowers—are absolute perfection on placemats, and illustrate why Redzepi is one of the biggest names on the world’s dining scene.

 

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Paul Ivic

The head chef at Tian in Munich is writing a vegetarian success story: he’s the only Austrian chef with a Michelin star, and he’s done it completely meatless. Through his Instagram, Ivic’s followers can “accompany” him to events and experience his day-to-day kitchen life. Of course, he doesn’t skimp on “food porn”, either—his creations are so aesthetically beautiful that one can only imagine what exceptional flavor experiences they offer.

 

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David Chang

The clever Korean-American mind behind the Momofoku empire knows how to work the media in the culinary world. He mesmerizes foodies with his Netflix series, Ugly Delicious, and his unassuming yet fascinating Instagram page is an equally big hit on smaller screens. Chang takes his million-plus followers on a star-studded journey through his working life, whisking them from one tasty New York restaurant to the next.

 

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Christine Flynn

When humor is a signature cuisine, you know Jacques LaMerde has had a hand in it. Flynn’s alter ego has amassed nearly 150,000 followers so far with countless culinary parodies. The executive chef of iQ Food Co. in Toronto uses the account to take Michelin-starred cuisine to an absurdist extreme through cheesy chips, mashed potatoes, and other oddities. On second glance, though, the true artistry behind the creations becomes evident—and so does Flynn’s masterful technical skill.

 

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Nigel Slater

The self-proclaimed “cook who writes” shows his love of the finer things in life in the form of an Instagram account with the flair of a glossy magazine. Aesthetic appeal is the primary theme in his images, which portray promising culinary delights as well as architecture, nature, and culture. Scroll through his feed and you might encounter stylish depictions of winter salads, mouthwatering roasted-peach sorbet, or fine Asian delicacies.

 

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Elena Shramko

The unofficial Tsarina of Sugar’s Instagram page gives new meaning to the phrase “eye candy” with world-class confections, baked-good representations of childhood heroes, and museum-quality cake sculptures. An unusual combination, sure, but a highly successful one as well: Shramko’s baked her way to dozens of competition medals as well as the Presidency of the Moscow Academy of Culinary Arts. Her 25,000-plus followers use the site to keep tabs on her everyday life at Russia’s top school for ambitious new chefs and confectioners.

 

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Massimo Bottura

This list certainly wouldn’t be complete without the genius behind Osteria Francescana, which snagged the top spot on the 2018 World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. The Italian celebrity chef gives his 800,000 Instagram followers glimpses of life at the helm of a three-Michelin-starred restaurant that strikes a perfect balance between avant-garde and traditional. It also features content on Food For Soul, his initiative to combat food waste by turning leftovers into fine dining.

 

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Suzanne Goin

It’s hardly a surprise that the mastermind behind the L.A. culinary institutions a.o.c., Lucques and Tavern has a mouthwatering Instagram account to match. One look at these images of bite-sized bliss and you’ll know how she managed to garner eleven James Beard Outstanding Chef Award wins and nominations. Goin’s classical French cuisine incorporates Spanish, Mexican, and Continental European influences as well as treasures from the sea.

 

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Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Petite portions of culinary artistry in all its beauty, elegantly arranged like miniature paintings— these gourmet photos are tiny testaments to Vongerichten’s absolute perfectionism. The hardworking French chef’s Michelin-starred temples of gastronomy are successful on nearly every continent, and his social media potpourri of fine cuisine enjoys an equally enthusiastic following.

 

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 Janice Wong

When it comes to the sweeter things in life, hardly anyone can hold a candle to the woman behind 2am: dessertbar in Singapore. The three-time winner of the Pastry Chef of the Year award posts objets d’art in sugar form, and brings her 50,000 followers along to her Edible Art Exhibitions. Whether tiny gems or elaborate installations, her creations are almost too beautiful to eat… emphasis on “almost”.

 

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Grégoire Berger

The spectacular aquarium surrounding the Ossiano in Dubai seems like it would be a tough act to follow, but its tastefully elegant cuisine does it with ease. But thanks to the magic of the Internet, we can all experience head chef Grégoire Berger’s brilliance even without physically venturing into the watery depths of one of the world’s best seafood restaurants. His Instagram account features some of the finest treasures of the ocean, photographed with geometric precision and flavorful opulence. One look at these visionary arrangements and you’ll be longing for the sea.

 

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Loreal Louise Gavin

With barely 3,000 followers, Loreal Louise Gavin (aka The Butcher Babe) is a real “insider tip”… for now, anyway. Gavin specializes in comfort food that reinterprets French classics in new and unusual ways, and her Instagram is a refreshingly authentic combination of culinary artistry and the chaos of everyday life.

 

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Björn Frantzén

Elegance and purism, Japan and Sweden. Frantzén is a culinary meeting point, and the star Swedish chef behind it invites his Instagram followers to take a seat at the table. His account is as minimalist and hip as he is, portraying his simple yet sublime food in all its unaffected glory. Aesthetically arranged BBQ turtledove, creamy truffled foie gras, scallops on salted plums… after checking out these photos, you’ll begin to understand why 30,000 people are supposedly waiting anxiously for their table reservations.

 

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 Migo Elmasry

Migo Elmasry, expert in Italian cuisine and European desserts, is currently making Russian mouths happy at two cafés, Mokka and Giardino. He’s half head chef, half cool kid, and his Instagram does the mixture justice, documenting his culinary escapades and highlighting the sinful treats he’s dishing up at his trendy new locale. Around 40,000 people around the world seem to agree that it’s a story worth following.

 

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Sven Elverfeld

Want to peek over the shoulder of one of the biggest players on Germany’s restaurant scene? Welcome to Sven Elverfeld’s Instagram account, where the pioneer of haute German cuisine, who’s already earned three Michelin stars for Aqua at the Wolfsburg Ritz-Carlton, shows off his skills. Seeing his creations, you’ll probably run out of superlatives… and wonder when they’re finally going to develop a way to beam food straight out of a tablet screen.

 

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Gabriel Nigro

Can food be interdisciplinary? Gabriel Nigro seems to think so. He whips up delicious dishes from all over the world on his own, teaches other people how to make them, plans the restaurants to make them in, and then designs social media strategies for those restaurants. Check out his Instagram for a sample of his chameleon-like powers of transformation: Brazilian, meaty, colorful, delicious.

 

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Rustam Tangirov

Here’s a chef who still does his own fishing—at Teriberka in St. Petersburg, the seafood reaches the table by the most direct route possible. Tangirov’s Instagram account pays homage to his love of the ocean and the tasty creatures living in it: snapshots of his latest catches alternate with tastefully lit arrangements of the finished products.

 

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Jordi Roca

The Spanish gourmet temple El Celler de Can Roca is currently sitting at number two on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. As one-third of what’s probably the world’s most famous culinary trio, pastry chef Jordi Roca uses Instagram to put sweet ideas in his 300,000-plus followers’ heads, and gives them an inside look at life in the three-starred kitchen alongside his two brothers. His feed alternates between everyday snapshots and mouthwatering presentations of his sinfully delicious desserts.

 

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Anne-Sophie Pic

In the three-star restaurant bearing her name, Anne-Sophie Pic delights customers with perfectly prepared French classics— carrying on the family tradition into the third generation—and her 164,000 Instagram followers join her on the journey. Her account is like her food: full of color, full of variety, and always arranged to perfection.

 

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Dan Barber

Though the owner of the Blue Hill has taken home multiple James Beard Awards, he’s more than just an excellent cook—he’s also a major force in the farm-to-table movement. The New Yorker’s Instagram conveys his unique blend of visionary cuisine and nutrition-consciousness, offering an authentic glimpse into his daily life while showing love for the products he uses.

 

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Bruno Duarte

Bruno Duarte’s Instagram depicts his rich and vibrant culinary life near the slopes of Sugar Loaf Mountain. The Head Chef and Director of D & A Eventos Catering Services showcases a world full of tasty Brazilian treats and enthusiasm for cooking technology.

 

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April Bloomfield

With not one but two Michelin-starred restaurants (The Spotted Pig and The Breslin Bar & Dining Room), Bloomfield delights twice as many customers—and still finds time to share the love with her 150,000-plus Instagram followers. The British James Beard Award winner’s account features her own creations as well as others’, along with a few colorful shots of farm animals and fresh ingredients that’ll make you want to run off and start cooking immediately.

 

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Heston Blumenthal

The owner of The Fat Duck went from a kid who didn’t know how to cook to a world-class chef with three Michelin stars, and now over 300,000 Instagrammers follow the continuation of his spectacular success story. This page has “food porn” for everyone, from appetizing product close-ups to juicy grilling shots to delicate plating artistry. And the best part is that Blumenthal doesn’t just let the beautiful pictures speak for themselves—he also offers detailed explanations of the dishes, along with the occasional dash of behind-the-scenes information. The result: a social-media site we’ll never get our fill of!

 

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