These days, Instagram is a veritable treasure trove of foodie inspiration. Whether you’re there to pick up culinary tips or just work up an appetite, everyone’s favourite app provides a previously unheard of insight into the lives and eats of Australia’s top chefs and bloggers. Our only advice? Don’t scroll on an empty stomach.
Julia Busuttil Nishimura aka @juliaostro
Julia Busuttil Nishimura thinks we should all just slow down already. Inspired by her Mediterranean roots, debut cookbook Ostro is an ode to simple ingredients and rich flavours. Her Instagram is a joyful celebration of doughy bread, cheesy pasta and tomatoey goodness – aka all the best things in life. The recipes she shares are hearty love letters to beautiful produce and beautiful meals.
Taline Gabrielian aka @talinegabriel
Known for the sheer level of artistry behind her technicolour smoothie bowls, Taline Gabrielian is the source of some serious Insta-envy. A goddess on the wellness scene, this wholesome ‘grammer managed to turn her passion for fresh, healthy food into a profitable business with her Hippie Lane app and cookbook, both of which come bursting with food that’s as pretty as it is tasty.
Adam Liaw aka @adamliaw
Celebrity chef Adam Liaw is a busy man. Between TV gigs, whipping up cookbooks, running a much-loved YouTube channel, and acting as an in-demand food columnist; it’s a wonder he has any time left in the kitchen. Then there’s his Instagram. Bright, cheery and oh so delicious – his punchy images and recipes cover everything from pan-Asian classics to Aussie favourites.
The Healthy Hunter aka @thehealthyhunter
Nailing that oh-so-delicious sweet spot between wholesome and just a little bit indulgent, The Healthy Hunter excels in crafting recipes that are good for you but won’t bore you to tears. Using whole, natural ingredients whenever possible, you’ll find crispy haloumi amongst your greens, crunchy superfood grains in your schnitzel and zingy tacos, because, well, tacos.
Dan Hong aka @hongsta_gram
Owner of superstar Sydney eateries Mr Wong and Ms G’s, chef Dan Wong is something of a personality on the culinary scene. Chilled and cheeky, his Instagram is a colourful riot of mouth-watering dishes accompanied by clever captions, while cameos from his cute kids and international travels further sweeten the deal. Look no further for week night inspiration.
Jessica Prescott aka @wholygoodness
Earth mama Jessica Prescott arrived on the thriving plant-based eating scene with the publication of Vegan Goodness, hot off the back of her much-loved blog. Featuring scene stealing recipes like the ‘World’s Healthiest Chocolate Cookie’, her bountiful Instagram account is a timely reminder that vegan food can be pretty damn tasty too.
Jess Liementara aka @_jesslemon_
Fresh from her stint on Masterchef, to call the eternally cheerful Jess Liementara a sweet tooth would be something of an understatement. One look at her Instagram and you’ll find the likes of a ‘giant blue soda pop sundae chocolate mudcake filled with salted caramel and Swiss meringue buttercream, topped with macarons’ competing for your attention. Bakers, look no further.
Were Bros Ltd aka @werebros
Sunny Byron Bay-based Were Bros Ltd create larder boxes brimming with homemade treats (think pickles, crispbreads and cookies) and abundant produce from their magical property. While their Instagram account puts those farm fresh ingredients to good use, featuring everything from wild fruit galettes to summer sustenance quiches. Stop by for some delicious inspiration on eating local.
Peter G aka @souvlakiman
Author of the wildly popular (and wonderfully named) food blog Souvlaki for the Soul, Peter G’s recipes are a loving tribute to his Greek heritage (think saganaki dripping in honey and ouzo spiked tea cake). And with glossy shots of luscious Mediterranean dishes interspersed with vibrant panoramas of the Aegean Sea, his Instagram will likely inspire a sense of travel lust and hunger in equal measure.
Yu-Ching Lee aka @lemonpiy
There’s not much inspired pastry chef Yu-Ching Lee can’t do with a desert. Her awe-inducing Instagram account showcases traditional favourites given some South-East Asian kick, like lemon tart with a miso-infused bite and preserved yuzu and buckwheat cake. Browse for market fresh produce, fascinating flavour combinations and home baked marvels snapped atop her kitchen bench.