Tuesday 21 October 2014

Snappers: 8 Top Chefs on Instagram

As Martha Stewart becomes the latest devotee to join the social network, take a look at other chefs who partake in Insta-snapping.

Patricia Murphy

Published 25/06/2014 | 15:24

Instagram: @AprilBloomfield
Instagram: @TrishDesineAgain
Instagram: @AliceLouiseWaters

DIY goddess Martha Stewart is the latest convert to the world of Instagram, hopping onto the same brunch-snapping, sunset capturing and selfie posing bandwagon as the rest of us.

The household name announced her foray into Insta-fun on her Twitter account yesterday and proceeded to post photos of a fluffy ginger pooch, a cappuccino and a variety of mushrooms much to the delight of her huge social media following.

However, Instagram is not Stewart’s first wander into food photography. Last year, the chef’s food styling skills came under fire when she posted a series of particularly ugly food snaps to her social media networks, including pictures of congealed celeriac soup with truffles and an unappealing fois gras and walnut brioche.

Yet, it seems she took a 101 in nailing the perfect social media photograph, managing to at least mask her poor skills with a filter or two.

It is yet to be seen whether Stewart’s Instagram feed will keep the food-snap addicts happy. Luckily there are more than a few chefs who are a lot better at the art of plating, styling, photographing and posting their delicious lives to Instagram and you may not have even known they were there.


April Bloomfield

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The Spotted Pig chef is an Instagram pro and her feed of beautiful food photography is always an inspiration. She is an expert when it comes to capturing the delicious elements of her life from the wonderful producers she meets to the stunningly styled plates she turns out. Martha should take note.


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Alice Waters

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For over 40 years the Californian chef, author and owner of Chez Panisse has inspired with her local farm to table ethos and continutes to do so in the new age of smart phones, filters and photo-editing apps. Yet, the beauty captured by Waters hardly needs a filter, her stream of simple food-spiration is always enough to make mouths water.


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Gennero Contaldo


Jamie Oliver’s mentor and Food Tube regular Gennero Contaldo always wows with beautiful photos of his passion, scrumptious Italian food. The co-owner of Oliver’s successful Jamie’s Italian chain often posts photos deep in the midst of recipe experimentation, all with his grinning face in the background. One can also find vintage photos of beloved Jamie, back when he was nothing but a pup.




Dominique Ansel


The cronut creator can always be counted on to coax our sweet tooth into being bold. Naturally, Ansel’s delicious array of seasonal cronuts are regular stars of his Instagram show  but he also documents his food adventures in New York’s SoHo and beyond. His milk and cookie shot also makes a few appearances much to the delight of dessertees everywhere.




Rene Redzepi


The head chef of the world’s best restaurant Noma regularly shares snaps from his Copenhagen heaven. This week, a row of gorgeous dried wild roses featured on his account most certainly set to feature within one of his god-like dishes. If you’re wondering what’s in season Redzepi’s stream of scrumptious will always feed your creative.




Trish Desine


Chef and author Trish Deseine is an avid Instagrammer, posting gorgeous eye candy from her French kitchen from the boldest of desserts to simplistic photos of her fresh-from-the-market ingredients. Her adventures always make us long for a trip through one of the beautiful French markets often captivated in her photographs.




Donal Skehan


The Howth based food writer and cook Donal Skehan is Instagram obsessed, often capturing moments of his busy life on the social network. The food photographer and chef’s feed of scrumptiously styled photos always induce food envy. Dog lovers are even catered for with frequent pictures of his pooch Max, a dab hand at the Insta-posing.


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Donna Hay

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The Australian chef’s magazine is one of the most mouth watering reading experiences to be found upon the shelves of your local new agent and her Instagram follows suit in a cacophony of gorgeous snaps of her scrumptious recipes.  A recent snap of her  salted caramel brownies make us want to hop on a plane to her Aussie kitchen as fast as you can say ‘Cheese’.



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