Instagram has given new meaning to the term "food porn." With the advent of fantastic camera technology in most cell phones, taking quality pictures of your food and posting them to social media has become the norm.
Everyone from bloggers to casual diners post photos of doughnuts and burgers as often as they do their kids and kittens.
The practice of photographing a beautiful meal is also used by chefs. Some toques use it as a tool to display remarkable creations. Others simply want to share their culinary travels and adventures with the world.
The chefs on this list are all veterans of Miami's best kitchens and provide a peek into their passion for food. Whether they're Antonio Bachour’s surreal desserts or Jeremy Ford’s gourmet creations, these visual treats can inspire you to make something great yourself or at the very least serve as an enjoyable diversion from the day-to-day.
1. Antonio Bachour, @bachour1234
Artful is the best way to describe pastry dynamo Antonio Bachour’s Instagram account. His dessert creations are otherworldly and aesthetically amazing. The chef posts pictures of the treats he makes at his Bachour Bakery + Bistro. He also chronicles dishes he’s enjoyed at other eateries, leaving followers with plenty of recommendations to take on their travels.
2. Brad Kilgore, @brad_kilgore
Alter’s chef/partner has a knack for making even a raw cut of Kobe beef look appetizing. After a nudge from his wife and friends, he created his Instagram account, which now claims thousands of followers. His method is to take stunning pictures of food on pristine white backgrounds and sprinkle in a healthy dose of travel pictures.
3. Jeremy Ford, @chefjeremyford
Top Chef winner Jeremy Ford’s Instagram feed is centered on capturing what kitchen life is all about and allowing those who haven’t met him to get to know him. He posts shots of the dishes he makes at Matador Room, such as lamb with chili sauce, along with personal pictures. Ford's tip for would-be Instagrammers: Don't shy away from editing apps like Snapseed or Instagram’s editing features.
4. Adrianne Calvo, @chefadrianne
The owner of Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant & Wine Bar boasts more than 100,000 followers. Whether it features a closeup of a bone-in rib eye or her famous pomme bisque, her Instagram feed will leave you drooling. The chef and TV host also stirs in behind-the-scenes footage and food tips to educate and entertain her fans.
5. Danny Khoetchapalayook, @chefdanny_cookingbyheart
If sushi is your thing, Chef Danny’s Instagram needs to be your next follow. The NaiYaRa toque posts photos of rolls and sashimi arranged more fashionably than a Vogue shoot. Delicate pieces of fish are crowned with gold flakes, dressed with flowers, and displayed with care, making each post a feast for the eyes.
6. Zak Stern, @zakthebaker
If you have sworn off carbs for the new year, don’t dare visit Zak the Baker’s Instagram feed. The Wynwood baker's page is filled with goodness in the form of the bread and pastries that Zak Stern makes daily. Plus, you'll get a chuckle from some of his clever captions (what would food porn be without a "crumb shot"?). Stern's pro tip for beautiful pictures: Natural light is a must.
7. Diego Oka, @diegooka
La Mar’s executive chef is not only a food master but also a globetrotter posting both pictures of his kitchen concoctions, such as chuleta de chancho, and his travels. His Instagram style is never fussy, and according to Oka, he never uses a camera but rather shoots on his phone and edits as needed.
8. Eileen Andrade, @eileenandrade
To scroll through the Instagram feed of Finka Table & Tap chef/co-owner Eileen Andrade is to feel like you know her. Her page is equal parts a glimpse into her personal life and a behind-the-scenes of her kitchen. Look for travel shots and exotic creations such as ostrich with ají amarillo risotto.
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9. Max Santiago, @chef_maxsantiago
Max Santiago's Instagram feed is like a dream you don't want to wake from. The Salty Donut's executive pastry chef shares a seemingly endless array of swoon-worthy goodies. Photos of doughnuts and pastries are complemented by images of the chef's life. Miami foodies will also spot many guest chefs making appearances and get an inside look at Salty Donut creations in the works.
10. Cindy Hutson, @chefcindyhutson
On chef Cindy Hutson's Instagram, you’ll get a good dose of the dishes she creates at both Ortanique on the Mile and Zest. She makes even the simplest foods, such as freshly fried taco shells, look scrumptious.