The Staff Canteen's pick of chefs to follow on Instagram 2017

The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 9th January 2017

Instagram has fast become the platform of choice for chefs to showcase their work. The hashtag #chefsofinstagram has been used over a million times and chef Instagram accounts are booming with followers and our own hashtag #thestaffcanteen has over 60,000 posts!

If you're like us and love following fellow chefs, check out our list of chefs to follow on Instagram for 2017, featuring ten of the best chef Instagram accounts we think you should follow this year:

@mightysugar - Pastry chef Mario Bacherini has worked under master chocolatiers and pastry chefs, including Olivier Bajard, Luigi Biasetto and Andrea Bianchini. He has worked at the Michelin starred Rossini restaurant in Florence before moving to Paris to work for Christophe Michalak at the hotel Plaza Athenee. He has since moved to New York and is now pastry chef technician of Paris Gourmet of New York. Mario’s Instagram showcases his awe-inspiring desserts and contemporary pastry creations.

Instagram chefs to follow, pastry chef Mario Bacherini, Michelin starred Rossini restaurant, Paris Gourmet, New York


@cheftombrown - Tom honed his cooking skills at Rick Stein’s Seafood Bar and St Kew Inn near Bodmin, where he developed a natural speciality with cooking fish. In recent years, Tom has been working with Nathan Outlaw for several years and joined Nathan at the St Enodoc Hotel in 2012, working as head chef for three years. Tom is now head chef at the Michelin-starred Outlaw’s at The Capital. His Instagram is a smorgasbord of wonderfully vibrant plated dishes.

>>> Related: Tom Brown, Head Chef, Outlaw's at the Capital

Instagram chefs to follow, Tom Brown chef, Nathan Outlaw chef, Outlaws at the Capital, Michelin starred London restaurants, Michelin Guide UK 2017


@bryceshuman - Brought up in North Carolina, Bryce Shuman was given an early education in world flavours thanks to his mum who had a degree in nutrition. Bryce trained at the California Culinary Academy (CCA), and has worked under Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski at the Rubicon, and Daniel Humm at Eleven Madison Park.
In 2013, Bryce opened Betony with Eamon Rockey and it received its first Michelin star a year later, which they have retained in this year's Michelin Guide New York. His plating style is a work of modern art which he shares on Instagram.

Instagram chefs to follow, Bryce Shuman chef, Betony restaurant, New York michelin starred restaurants, Michelin Guide New York 2017


@chefadamross - Florida-raised Adam Ross has been cooking in professional kitchens since the age of 15. He has trained in the James Beard Award-winning kitchens of Alan Wong and Chef Mavro, before moving to work in kitchens in New York City and San Francisco. He is now Executive Chef at Al Jabarin’s 1313 Main restaurant.

Instagram chefs to follow, Adam Ross chef, New York City, San Francisco,  Al Jabarin’s 1313 Main restaurant California, James Beard Award


@emily_roux_london The youngest to join the Roux family dynasty, Emily Roux is the daughter of Michel and granddaughter to Albert. Her training began in 2010 where Emily worked at the Michelin starred La Table du Lancaster in Paris, before moving to Monaco to work in the kitchens of two of Alain Ducasse’s restaurants. Emily hopes to open her own restaurant in the future, but for now she’s enjoying developing her cooking repertoire and shares her creations on Instagram.

>>> Related: 10 Minutes With: Emily Roux

Instagram chefs to follow, Emily Roux chef, Roux family, Michel Roux Jr, Albert Roux, Roux scholarship

@chefcalum - Calum Franklin began his career at Michelin-starred restaurant, Chapter One in Kent. He later went on to work at The Ivy, Aurora, Indigo at One Aldwych Hotel and Roast in Borough Market. He is now executive chef at Holborn Dining Room Rosewood London. Calum’s pastry creations are a feast for the eyes and we can’t wait to see what he does next.

>>> Related: 10 Mins with: Calum Franklin, head chef at Holborn Dining Room

Instagram chefs to follow, Calum Franklin head chef, London Brasserie Holborn Dining Room, Rosewood London, Luxury London hotels

@chefgrantparry - Originally born in New Zealand, Grant Parry has worked in restaurants around the world including Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s where he became head Pastry Chef. He then moved to Ramsay’s Dubai flagship Verre where he stayed for 4 years. He is now Chef de Cuisine at the highly regarded Videre Restaurant at the RACV Royal Pines.

Instagram chefs to follow, Grant Parry, Chef de Cuisine, Videre restaurant, RACV Royal Pines, Gordon Ramsay’s Claridge’s, head pastry chef, Verre,



@chef_andy_kellyAndy Kelly started life as a graphic designer before swapping pencils for pans and has worked at many renowned restaurants in the UK including Sophia’s in Northampton as head chef. His plates truly reflect his creativity and background in design, creating dishes such as the Banoffee dessert presented in a Picasso style. Andy is particularly well known for his Star Wars inspired desserts which he showcases on his Instagram. He has made dishes of the Millennium Falcon taking on the Death Star and a gin and tonic lightsaber.

Instagram chefs to follow, Andy Kelly head chef, Sophia's Northampton, Star Wars inspired desserts, Millenium Falcon, pastry chef, incredible desserts

@chef_danny_millar - Chef Danny Millar started his cooking career in 1988 working as an apprentice chef in Belfast. Danny went on to train in Germany and London in the 90s, before working at Shanks restaurant in Bangor and later as head chef at Paul Rankin’s Cayenne. He was winner of the Northern Ireland region in the BBC series Great British Menu for two consecutive years. He is now director at Balloo Inns and displays the delicious dishes on offer via his Instagram.

>>> Related: Danny Millar, Chef/Director, Balloo Inns, Northern Ireland

Instagram chefs to follow, Danny Millar, chef director at Balloo Inns, Great British Menu Northern Ireland, Shanks restaurant, Paul Rankin’s Cayenne


@thomekas - Tomas Lidakevicius is head chef at the Peninsula Restaurant at InterContinental London, the O2. Before that Tomas honed his skills at London’s top restaurants including Texture, Galvin at Windows, Corrigan’s Mayfair and was Senior Sous Chef at Northall Restaurant. His cooking is British with influences of Scandinavia which he intricately arranges on the plate.

>>> Related: Tomas Lidakevicius appointed head chef at the Peninsula Restaurant at InterContinental London – The O2

Instagram chefs to follow, Tomas Lidakevicius, head chef at the Peninsula Restaurant, InterContinental London, the O2, Texture, Galvin at Windows, Richard Corrigan’s Mayfair, Northall Restaurant, Scandinavian food

By Lauren Phillips

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The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 9th January 2017

The Staff Canteen's pick of chefs to follow on Instagram 2017