You’ve seen Instagram’s call to amplify melanated voices, and it’s way past time to heed it. There are many ways to do so—like frequenting Black-owned restaurants, donating to deserving causes, and purchasing from Black-founded businesses. But perhaps the easiest thing to do is lend a “follow” and your continuous engagement to Black profiles on Instagram.
Black influencers have often reported being paid less than their non-Black counterparts, and Black chefs are underrepresented in management positions at restaurants. Supporting them on social media is a small step, but it’s something you can do now. Diversify your feed with these 46 top food influencers, chefs, bloggers, and activists—then engage with their work, buy their cookbooks, visit their restaurants, and share their pages with your friends.
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Chef Millie creates the biz’s best soul food recipes and is known to share the heart-warming good works her catering business performs around New York City.
Jessica Hylton Leckie
If you’re looking for delicious, vegan recipes (think: chocolate cake and mango habanero cauliflower wings), you’ll find a friend in Jessica. She’s a former attorney, current master food photographer and recipe developer whose food photos will make your feed shine.
Dominek’s Instagram has health tips, inspirational quotes, the best NYC restaurant recommendations—basically everything you’ve ever wanted from an influencer. One swipe through the grid is destined to make you super hungry.
Bryant Terry is a James Beard Award-Winning chef and author whose work often focuses on the intersection between food and justice. Once you’re done looking through his feed, order his vegan cookbook Vegetable Kingdom.
Chef Kai has cooked for some of Hollywood’s biggest stars (Macy Gray, Mary J. Blige, Kevin Hart) and former President Barack Obama.You’ll live for her gorgeous food pictures and her captions, too. The way she describes food is a true art form.
Scotty’s food photos are unreal, but any jealousy they spark can be quelled. He posts recipes for many of his creations to his YouTube so you can follow along at home.
Ashtin challenges her followers to think about the state of the food and hospitality industries and how they can be radically changed to better the lives of the black and brown people who work in them. Everyone would be better for giving her a follow and taking her words to heart.
Lauren and Mercedes
We stan a Trader Joe’s fan, and these two ladies are just that: They share product recommendations and recipes to make with said goods once you buy them. The next time you walk into Trader Joe’s, you’ll know exactly what to get thanks to these two.
Michael W. Twitty
If you haven’t already read his powerful, James Beard Award-winning book The Cooking Gene, add it to your list and then give Michael a follow. Your feed will get a boost from his wisdom (on both food and life) and his recipes (from soul food to Passover classics).
Hannah Fallis Bronfman
Hannah makes eating healthy both easy and fun. She’ll teach you how to spice up a sad desk salad and whip up a simple yet satisfying dinner.
Kristen Dior Abdus-Salaam
Even if you don’t live in Atlanta, you’ll appreciate Kristen’s food photos. But a word to the wise: Bookmark his restaurants recommendations for your next trip to ATL.
Jocelyn Delk Adams
Leah is the co-founder of Soul Fire Farm, an organic farm in New York that’s focused ending racism and injustice in the food system. She also wrote the book Farming While Black and is a must-follow for those looking to create more equity in the farming world.
Nyesha J Arrington
Nyesha is a highly trained chef whose cooking is a work of art. If you’re looking for recipe inspiration, powerful thoughts about the culinary world, fitness tips, and cute pictures of a very good dog named Bleu Ginger, head to Nyesha’s page.
Darius does not shy away from sharing very strong food opinions—like the fact that butter and pecans just do not go together in ice cream. Come for those, stay for his recipes, cookbook news (get on it keto fans!), and cook-along TikToks.
If you’ve been meaning to learn more about wine, look to Shakera. She’s a Spanish Wine Scholar Candidate who breaks down everything you need to know about different types of wines and the grapes that go in them. Her feed gives great info for total wine newbies to seasoned pros alike.
Brandon’s known as the “Cheat Day King ” so, you know, there’s no kale in sight here. But if you’re looking for the best pizza, ice cream, donuts, and more in NYC, you have come to the right place.
One look at his food photos and you know why he’s known simply as “Chef Joe”—he is unmatched. If you’re an Atlanta local, you can pick up soul food from chef every Friday and Sunday. Just give him a follow and check his stories for the menu.
Breanna makes going plant-based seem less intimidating, with delicious recipes for vegan pancakes, fried rice, and veggie tacos.
We could all use more inspiration to eat healthfully, and you’ll find a trusted source in Marisa. She’s a registered dietitian nutritionist focused on sharing nourishing recipes without diet judgement.
ReShawn’s bio reads “cheesecakes are my life,” so how could you not love him? He’s the creator of the best cheesecake in Detroit that even had the judges on MasterChef talking.
Nik is the author of Keeping It Keto and shares keto and low-carb recipes that don’t skimp on flavor. You’ll forget all about your love of carbs just by scrolling through her page.
Chef E-Dubble is a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef that runs the Grilled Fraiche restaurant and food truck in Los Angeles. If you’re in the area, follow to pre-order your meals. Just visiting the City of Angels? You can learn expert cooking tips from the man himself as part of his Airbnb Experiences Cali-Caribbean cooking class.
Chances are you know Carla Hall from shows like The Chew and Top Chef. Still, if you’re not yet following her on social, too, you’re missing out on soul food recipes, cooking experiments, and updates on where she’s appearing next.
Angela used to work as an accountant, but after founding her site The Kitchenista Diaries, she’s become a super-star culinary entrepreneur. She takes your favorite comfort foods to the next level. We guarantee you’ll find a new go-to Sunday dinner recipe here.
Wendy and Jess
Welcome to one of the most inclusive and positive pages on the internet. On Wendy and Jess’s page you’ll find professional advice (they’re dietitians and diabetes educators) and healthful recipes.
Erica is the genius behind Southern Culture Foods, a line of mixes to whip up favorites like cornbread, fried chicken, and waffles. (The brand’s been featured on Shark Tank and Oprah’s Favorite Things, nbd.) On Erica’s own Instagram feed you’ll find delicious recipes from her kitchen and from her restaurant SOCU Southern Kitchen and Oyster Bar.
Sophia refers to herself as a “food and feelings lady,” and, well, it’s spot-on. Along with sharing healthy recipes and foods she’s eating, she also writes often about the intersection of food, wellbeing, and emotion in a refreshing and honest way.
David Chaim Jacob Zilber
Cooking is a science, and if you’re passionate about it, David should be the next chef you follow. He’s the author of The Noma Guide to Fermentation, and his Instagram is only the first of his works you should check out.
This one is for Philly. Josh has endless food recommendations for those who live in the City of Brotherly Love or are just visiting. He’s also mastered the cheese pull, by the way.
Long after Sister, Sister went off the air, Tia’s still totally crushing it. Her show Tia Mowry at Home appeared on the Cooking Channel, and now she’s taken her talents to YouTube. Follow her on Instagram for recipes that will make everything from breakfast to weeknight dinners so much better.
Wanda is a serious wine expert and will teach you everything you need to know during her Wine With Wanda Instagram Lives. She also post individual bottle recommendations you should definitely bookmark for your next wine order.
Joe might be a “Kid Chef,” but he’s just as accomplished as an adult pro. He frequently shows off photos of his meal preps (that go to paying customers!).
If you’re on TikTok, you know Tabitha. She’s become a huge star by posting vegan recipe videos with her own comforting and funny flair that has earned her the title “world’s favorite mom.” Her Instagram has even more recipes and fun videos with her family.
Glenroy is a star in the New York City food scene, where he’s the Chef at restaurants including Maison Pickle, Lucky Pickle Dumpling Co, and Jacob’s Pickles. His Instagram is full of foods from those restaurants, like their killer brunch items, decadent cakes, and rich steaks.
This Instagram is a godsend for vegans and for those who want to eat more plant-based meals. Jenné posts healthy recipes with a focus on meal-prepping so you can whip up your meals in no time.
Want to explore the ties between mental health and food? Peggy’s Instagram is a great place to start. She posts healthy, vegan recipes, shining a positive light on loading more plants onto your plate.
You’ve likely seen Yewande’s recipes in the New York Times, but her Instagram is full of delicious Nigerian food, photos from her travels, and sweet family moments.
DeVonn’s Instagram photos have a look all their own. You’ll recognize them immediately thanks to his mastery of inventive and gorgeous food styling.
Eden knows how to show off food, whether by showcasing restaurants, sharing Ethiopian recipes, or snapping gorgeous travel photos. She’s also the founder of blackfoodie.co, an Instagram account dedicated to showing off the work of Black chefs and food influencers.
Fans of The Great American Baking Show know Vallery as the season three champ, but the internet knows her best for her sweet and savory bakes. If her Instagram account just isn’t enough, head to her blog Foodie in New York. She’ll have you firing up your stand mixer in no time.
Benjamina’s page has a beautiful and clean aesthetic. When you’re done gawking, you’ll be scrambling to pick up a copy of her cookbook, The New Way to Cake. She and her sister Bonita also run a food brand and brunch club called The Sister Table, which encourages women from all backgrounds to come together and have meaningful dining experiences.
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