While we can’t be wowed by their culinary expertise and bold flavour pairings at their fine-dining restaurants currently, we’ve turned to Instagram to see which chefs are bringing their foodie prowess through recipes, live cook alongs and at-home tips and tricks. Here’s 17 of our favourites:
If you’re missing The Great British Bake Off, keep up to date with past contestant and winner of the 2015 Bake Off, Nadiya Hussain. Nadiya regularly posts updates and delicious recipes she’s cooking up at home for her family and friends, as well as just releasing a new cookbook late last year all about baking. Put your baking to the test with a few of her sugary sweet recipes.
If you love an Instagram page brimming with food that’s not only colourful but also outright delicious, you’ll love @tart_london.
Made up of two curiously creative chefs, Lucy Carr-Ellison and Jemima Jones, the pair have crafted an online community wholesome and dedicated to the three H’s – hearty, homely and healthy. These two are the brain wizards behind Wild by Tart, and while their restaurant may be closed, you can keep up to date on their beautiful creations over on their Instagram and website.
While his restaurants may be closed until further notice, Michelin-starred chef, Tom Kerridge, has been getting down to business over on his Instagram bringing his following hearty and comforting dinner staples during this lockdown period.
The celebrity chef, who helped transform pub grub into a fine dining experience of its own, has been creating short videos filled with recipes that you can create using mainly store cupboard essentials, including homemade flatbreads, salmon fishcakes, sausage meatball pasta and cauli cheese. Tune in for his lockdown dinners series and cook along one of your favourite chefs as if he was in the room directing you through each step.
If there’s one thing we’re missing more than anything during quarantine it’s biting into one of Ottolenghi’s crisp, juicy and fragrance salads from one of his numerous London delis.
Israeli-English chef, food writer and restaurateur has been live streaming with co-author of Ottolenghi FLAVOUR, Ixta, giving his followers an insight into their favourite ingredients to work with, as well as uploading tempting recipes for all occasions. Oh, and calling for rent freezes for the hospitality industry. No biggie.
Although arguably more of a brand than a chef to follow in this sense, Deliciously Ella is still a really important account to mention here due to founder, Ella Mills, opening up thousands (now millions!) to a plant-based, whole food diet since 2011.
Now almost ten years later and the business has grown from strength to strength, from protein bars available to buy in supermarkets to her own deli under the same name, Deliciously Ella’s Instagram account is bursting with bright ingredients and healthy alternatives to enjoy on a plant-based diet.
Having risen through the culinary ranks by working for six years at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, before heading to Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea and onto Dabbous and Hide Above, Luke Selby knows a thing or two about Michelin-star cooking. Luckily for you, he’s brought his expertise to Instagram through his Insta stories cook alongs.
Keep up to date with his tempting lockdown offerings.
Keep up to date with everything Great British Menu Banquet Finalist 2020 and Head Chef of Ormer Mayfair, Kerth Gumbs is up to this lockdown and see if you can whiz up a splendid creation as well as him. Known for his fine dining menus and beautiful presentation, Kerth shares videos, preparation tips and ways to spice up your regular weekday dinners at home.
Love him or loathe him, you can’t deny Jamie Oliver knows how to knock up quick, easy and effortless meals in as little as 15 minutes (seriously, he’s got about six cookbooks and a whole load of TV series to prove it).
Oliver recently launched a new TV series to help parents and uninspired home cooks out during this crazy period and his Insta account shows off just a snippet of the goodies. Tune for recipes and cheesy videos galore. Bloody pukka!
If you’re looking to get your baking on or are in need of a little cake inspo, Lily Vanilli is your lady.
During this lockdown period, she’s made it her mission to keep Londoners fuelled with sweet treats because she knows the supermarket shelves are looking a little more sparse than usual. She’s offering to deliver locals the ingredients they need in order to make her cakes and sweet goodies. Keep up to date on her Insta for recipes, videos and just cute cake inspo.
Only 31 and Adam Handling has built a successful, innovative and exciting restaurant group, with five venues across London, to be proud of.
While these remain closed for the time being, Handling has taken to Instagram, bringing his followers, fans and eager home cooks tasty recipes they can recreate at home. We love this adorable one with his Nanny Sophie.
Tim Siadatan (@trullo_restaurant / @padella_pasta)
One half of the founders of London’s finest Italian eateries, Padella and Trullo, Tim Siadatan has taken this lockdown to turn both of the restaurants Instagram’s into a recipe masterclass, creating unbeatable Italian dishes from the Trullo cookbook.
You can forget about the queues of people waiting outside of Padella right now as you sink your teeth in your own recreations of the dishes with a little help from Siadatan.
Expect healthy creations and hearty recipes when you follow @rachelama. The author, recipe creator and YouTuber Rachel Ama will bring you a colourful array of vegan recipes, from elevated breakfast staples to the most delicious ginger orange oyster mushrooms I’ve ever tasted.
Back in summer 2019, Rachel also released her first cookbook bursting with colourful recipes, which draw inspiration on naturally vegan dishes and cuisines, as well as noting influences from her Caribbean and West African heritage. Recently a new mother, expect some wholesome photos and Instagram stories too.
If you’re fed up of seeing the same old recipes being recreated on Instagram, Selin Kiazim is here to appease your fears. Having help redefine Turkish cooking since opening her first resto, Oklava, back in 2015, Kiazim has been creating recipes that’ll satisfy any craving you’ve got going, from posh fried chicken to duck a la isolation.
Scroll back a little further and you’ll slowly find yourself falling into a food porn cycle. Every photo perfectly shows off Turkish-Cypriot cuisine in all of its glory.
One chef who knows a thing or two about fine dining and has mastered its execution flawlessly is Steve Groves, head chef of Roux at Parliament Square.
From being a contestant on theGreat British Menu 2020 through to creating a recipe inspired YouTube channel, you can keep up to date and even rustle up your own no bake banana, chocolate and caramel tart (it sounds and looks absolutely delicious!).
Having gained huge recognition across the pond, it wasn’t until opening his first European outpost in London, Laurent at Café Royal, that the leading chef starting showing off his culinary expertise here in the UK, and boy are we glad he did.
Nowadays you can find Laurent Tourondel serving up snappy recipes over in his Instagram feed, including this simple, fresh and delightful carrot salad with a ginger and coriander vinaigrette.
Encouraging his following to stay inside and pop on an apron during quarantine is Chicago-based chef, Jenner Tomaska.
Whether you’re an eager home cook or you’re just starting out, Tomaska makes fine-dining meals easy to recreate at home with his step-by-step methods and recipes. You’ll want to try his blue cheese and shallot quiche, it’s divine.
Starting out by hosting breakfast pop-ups that helped redefine the way us millennials saw porridge to her first bricks and mortar resto, Alex Hely-Hutchinson is one to watch as she slowly becomes one of London’s most innovative chefs. Follow her restaurant account, 26 Grains, for at home breakfast inspo and the best banana bread recipe we’ve yet to try. Seriously it’s next level.