15 London chefs every food lover should follow on Instagram

Samantha J. Gross
Judy Joo

"Foodstagram" accounts are all the rage, and it seems like everywhere you turn is a new Instagram blogger with yet another expertly photographed smoothie bowl or brunch spread.

But what about the real chefs? You know, the ones behind the scenes of those drool-worthy pizzas or artistically ingenious cocktail creations.

Check out these London chefs’ Instagram accounts if you dare. Warning: might cause hunger.

Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley

These young sisters are taking the culinary world by storm with their bestselling recipe book and upcoming Hemsley and Hemsley cafe opening at Selfridges. The home cooks and food lovers bring their love for nutritious foods and fun recipes to their shared Instagram account with pictures of brightly coloured brunch spreads, photogenic grain bowls and everything in between.

Follow Jasmine and Melissa on Instagram @hemsleyhemsley

Raymond Blanc

Celebrity chef uses his Instagram account to bring fans behind the scenes of his latest recipe books, public appearances and drool-worthy dishes that will leave your stomach grumbling. He is often pictured grinning (or eating!) alongside the likes of Mary Berry, Jamie Oliver and the staffs of his restaurant chain Brasserie Blanc.

Follow Raymond Blanc on Instagram @raymondblanc

Judy Joo

After scrolling through Joo’s page, you’ll probably want to pick up the phone to make a reservation at her restaurant Jinjuu, which has locations in Soho and Mayfair. Equal parts fun-loving selfies and advertisements for restaurant specials, this Instagram account keeps Joo’s audience in the know. The banker-turned-TV chef posts when the tables are almost booked for the evening, if the restaurant is offering a special deal or if a new item is added to the menu.

Follow Judy Joo on Instagram @judyjoochef

Jun Tanaka

He’s made a career TV and published cookbooks, but his Instagram account focuses on Tanaka’s food and travel excursions. Simple and elegant pictures of colorful seafood dishes or fruity cocktails please the eye (and whet the palate), so don’t scroll through on an empty stomach!

Follow Jun Tanaka on Instagram @chefjuntanaka

Zoe Adjonyoh

Chef and writer Adjonyoh gives African dishes a modern twist, bringing Ghanian flavors to her popular pop-up restaurants and supper clubs in London and Berlin. Adjonyoh also leads cookery classes, is an established event caterer and has a new book coming out in April. How she manages such a tight schedule and Instagram as bright and bold as her recipes? Perhaps it's part of her allure.

Follow Zoe Adjonyoh on Instagram @zoeadjonyoh

Jason Atherton

If Instagram accounts could win Michelin stars, this one would be well-decorated. From gorgeous handpainted dessert “sushi” to gravity-defying cocktail decorations, this top chef’s photographs match his accolades (Atherton holds Michelin stars at three of his London restaurants). Although the chef has restaurants all over the world, his account has a British twist: he uses British-grown foods at his newest eatery, claiming it to be “Brexit proof.”

Follow Jason Atherton on Instagram @_jasonatherton

Alain Ducasse

This master chef's Instagram account doubles as curated art, luring in audiences with clean white backgrounds and expertly photographed dishes. The soft focus and vibrant colors enchant the eye, so don’t be surprised if you lose an hour scrolling through the feed. Can’t read French? C'est bien! Each caption has a translation attached.

Follow Alan Ducasse on Instagram @alainducasse

Josh Katz

Famous for revamping Middle Eastern cuisine from kebab shop shawarma to the likes of charcoal-grilled meats with date syrup glaze and spicy olives, the Berber & Q chef brings a similar cleverness to his Instagram account. The account is equal parts mouthwatering plates and adorable shots of his daughter Delilah, bringing his audience into the life of a classically trained chef who has a magic touch for the grill.

Follow Josh Katz on Instagram @chefjoshkatz

April Bloomfield

Bloomfield is best known for her pair of Michelin stars at two restaurants, record-breaking Iron Chef America score and celeb-studded Manhattan gastropub The Spotted Pig, but the British chef's large Instagram following brings fans up close and personal with a less glamorous lens. Her photos are generally colourful yet simple close-up shots of animals, ingredients and drool-worthy finished dishes.

Follow April Bloomfield on Instagram @aprilbloomfield

Dan Doherty

He's the man who made Duck and Waffle a household name, and his Instagram is just as gorgeous as the 40th floor view from his restaurant. Check out Doherty's profile for beautiful Duck and Waffle creations plated on their siganture rustic ceramic plates.

Follow Dan Doherty on Instagram @dandoherty

Florence Knight

A simple mix of plated food and day to day inspiration, Knight's Instagram has a theme: muted colors, wholesome ingredients and reflective captions. Follow along to get inside the head chef and author's head as she strolls about London, travels abroad and cooks up simple yet elegant creations.

Follow Florence Knight on Instagram @florence.knight

Lee Tiernan

The heavy metal chef behind Turkish eatery Black Axe Mangal conveys his oddball creativity onto Instagram through fun photos that keep followers on their toes. Bright rainbow bagels? Check. "Raindrop cake" that defies gravity? Check. Jet black squid ink flat bread? You got it.

Follow Lee Tiernan on Instagram @leetiernan

Calum Franklin

Franklin's Holborn Dining Room serves up seasonal British cuisine with a twist, and his Instagram reflects his passion for classics. Check out the self-proclaimed "pastry deviant" feed for quintessentially British dishes, like intricately woven meat/black pudding pies and miniature croquettes.

Follow Calum Franklin on Instagram @chefcalum

Amandine Chaignot

On her Instagram account, Parisian MasterChef and Rosewood London executive chef Chaignot fuses everyday and culinary life into what looks like her personal diary. If you are into French and British-inspired dishes, cross training fitness classes or travel photographs, Chaignot's feed earns a "follow."

Follow Amandine Chaignot on Instagram: @amandinechaignot

Tom Kitchin

Gorgeous greens and lots of flat lay table shots - that's what you'll see as you scroll through the aptly named chef's feed. Follow for ingredients so fresh, you'll want to start plating your homemade dinners as elegantly as he does.

Follow Tom Kitchin on Instagram @tom_kitchin

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