The delicious Instagram accounts food pros follow

On the 'gram: Snapping drinks at Johnny Fontane's in Sydney.
On the 'gram: Snapping drinks at Johnny Fontane's in Sydney. Photo: Wasamedia

The secret to tracking food trends and discovering divine inspiration? Know which Instagram feeds to follow, and make the most of your scrolling time.

Scott Bridger, executive chef, Bib & Tucker and May Street Larder

"Chefs like @chefdanbarber are doing exciting things globally. His feed is a fascinating portal into his world."

Skye McAlpine.
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"@reneredzepinoma from Noma is like porn for chefs. He includes the multicultural facet of his chefs and pays homage to world cuisine."

Petrina Tinslay, award-winning food photographer

"There is real beauty and ease to the baking and photography of @linda-lomelino and @cannellevanille."

"I've shot three cookbooks with Nigella so @nigellalawson is a favourite. Her words perfectly articulate the magic of food."

Sian Redgrave.
Sian Redgrave. Photo: Supplied

Skye McAlpine, food writer

"My favourite is @marte_marie_forsberg. The images capture the mood of a meal and that inimitable feeling of warmth that comes hand-in-hand with good home cooking."

"@viacarota is a must-follow for simple, beautiful Italian food."

Melissa Palinkas, executive chef and co-owner, Young George

"I have started my own trials smoking and ageing Cobia fish, so Southern Fresh Seafood's updates on @costa_nemitsas are inspiring."


"Ester Restaurant's feed @ester_au is brilliant. There are so many complex elements that come together so simply. I can confirm they taste just as delicious as they look."

Sian Regrave, cook, stylist and winner of the Great Australian Bake Off 2015

"@ottolenghi cooks vegetarian food starring genius flavour combinations that are achievable for home cooks." 

"@emikodavies is an Australian-born food writer living in Italy, which is my dream. Her daily breakfasts are incredible."


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Lorraine Elliott, blogger, Not Quite Nigella

 "@historiasdelciervo for Julian Angel's exquisite cakes."

"@lauraponts features an abundance of beautifully presented food by stylist Laura Lopez."

Leigh Power, executive chef, Sweetwater Rooftop Bar

"@davidchang is a favourite. His images are unstaged and taken in the moment. You just know it all tastes good."

"@theartofplating for the sheer beauty of incredibly well-presented dishes."

Lizzie Loel, food and wine writer, stylist and recipe creator

"@ditsen, is complied by Ditte Ingemann, a cookbook author and photographer from Copenhagen. I love her diversity in the kitchen."

"@illebrod is an organic bakery in Norway, so expect stunning imagery featuring Norwegian, heirloom and ancient grains."

Billy Law, MasterChef alumnus, food photographer and author

"I use Instagram to find the best foodie spots when I am travelling. For must-go restaurants in Sydney follow @grabyourfork and @eatsydney."

"Check out @cookrepublic. Sneh's photos are always mouth-watering and homely. It makes me want to hug a big bowl of lasagna and procrastinate".


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Pete Manifis, chef and providore

"Instagram allows me to keep-up-to-date with global trends, but honestly I like @hongsta_gram for its food and sneakers."

"@abckitchen is the style of food I love to cook - equal parts comfort, homeliness and style. They features lots of beautiful dishes, minimal food and amazing styling pieces."

Ben Ungermann, MasterChef runner-up 2017

"@realfoodschoolaustralia is a favourite. Author and food educator Brenda Fawdon is a local food heroine, and all-round legend." 

"Brett Carter's Instagram @cartscancook is a go-to. He is a good friend and creates deliciously honest food." 

Tamara Graffen, MasterChef contestant 2017

"I follow @cedricgrolet for his pastry work. He is leading trends at the moment, and his life-like fruits are the envy and desire of chefs globally."

"@mattscravat for up-close images of his dining experiences. It's my go-to when I'm making restaurant reservations."


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Top tips for Insta-trawling food lovers

Lorraine Elliott: "Look for hashtags you relate to. It's an effective way to find accounts best suited to your specific interests."

Petrina Tinslay: "Follow all sorts of images, not just food accounts. I draw inspiration for my food photography from fashion, still life and travel imagery."

Pete Manifis: "Follow the restaurants you dine at, and investigate the Instagram feeds around the periphery of those venues. Who is the chef, who designed the kitchen and which farmer supplied the product? Follow them all. We need to look at food holistically and start conversations about waste, style, sustainability, farming practices and food experiences."