21 Amazing Black Chefs and Food Bloggers to Follow on Instagram

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Following the black boxes of 2020, it’s important to understand that adding Black faces to our Instagram feeds, interacting with Black creators across disciplines, and patronizing Black businesses are the ways to support the global Black community in ways that aren’t performative. Social media can play a key role in that support, as establishing a following is an essential tool in building community, helping a creator reach new audiences, and potentially connecting them with opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have garnered.

The number of Black chefs around the country comes in at just under 15%, so there’s still work to do when it comes to representation, and pressing “follow” on Instagram or Twitter can thus go a long way in inching us closer over time.

Here, we gathered the feeds of incredible Black chefs, culinary stars, influencers, and restaurateurs who should be on your radar. Next, you should be visiting their restaurants and boutiques, sharing and commenting on their work, and buying their cookbooks to contribute to the longevity of their success, beyond Black History Month.

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Kelis

Though many know her for bringing her proverbial milkshake to the yard, Kelis can actually make a mean milkshake and a whole host of other meals. As a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef, she’s bringing her flair to the world with Bounty & Full, her very own farm, and a cookbook. She’s also bringing her recipes to the small screen as a guest chef on shows like Selena & Chef.

Marisa Moore

Lifelong wellness is registered dietitian nutritionist Marisa Moore’s mantra. She sprinkles your feed with plant-forward recipes that make healthy eating feel fun, inviting, and absolutely delicious.

Marcus Samuelsson

Award-winning chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson is one of the most well-known faces in food today with restaurants all over the world, from Harlem to Sweden. He’s constantly serving up delicious dishes on the ‘gram like those he’s making at his Harlem hotspot Red Rooster, as well as honoring his fellow Black chefs through the work he’s doing with his recent book THE RISE: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food.

Benjamina Ebuehi

Not only is Benjamina Ebuehi’s perfectly curated feed aspirational, but so are her desserts. The born and raised Brit’s cookbook The New Way To Cake is a must-have, and she also runs food brand The Sister Table with her very own sister. (Wondering where you recognize her from? She was a quarter-finalist on season seven of The Great British Bake Off in 2016!)

Carla Hall

If you’ve watched Top Chef and The Chew, then you definitely know Carla Hall. Interviews with celebrities, nods to new podcast episodes, and hacks for making everyday cooking easier all show up on her Instagram feed.

David Chaim Jacob Zilber

When it comes to gastronomy, no one is highlighting the science behind food like David Chaim Jacob Zilber. As the author of the The Noma Guide to Fermentation, follow the food scientist for his unforgettable hot sauce recipe and really amazing food photography.

Melba Wilson

Born and bred Harlemite Melba Wilson is a true culinary treasure whose cooking has influenced people all over the country and the world. Her feed takes you inside her life as a founder and restaurateur with a mix of highlighting Black-owned businesses like her own, pictures with her equally famous friends, and updates on what’s happening with her business and dining in NYC.

Shannon Epstein

If you’ve invested in a slow cooker or Instant Pot over the last year, then you should definitely be following Shannon Epstein. All of her dishes are healthy and delicious and she’ll totally change your approach to meal prepping.

Angela Davis

Creating The Kitchenista Diaries back in 2012 as a construction accountant, Angela Davis has since taken the leap to work in food full-time and the industry is better for it. Her food is all about comfort, so be prepared to settle in and enjoy.

Tia Mowry

You may know her well from Sister, Sister and The Game, but Tia Mowry’s culinary skills are right up there with her acting prowess. Her Cooking Channel series Tia Mowry at Home gave us recipes to salivate over and her YouTube channel picks up right where that left off (though she did air a 2020 holiday episode), with everything from easy family dinners to dishes that will give your morning routine a boost.

JJ Johnson

JJ Johnson’s rice-centric eatery FIELDTRIP has two new locations in NYC, so to say he’s on a roll would be an understatement. Like Kelis, he was also on the second season of Selena & Chef so you’ll get a taste of his fun appearances on his feed, as well as the cuisine he loves from all around the world and pictures of his adorable family.

Sophia Roe

As the host of Counter Space on VICE TV and a food and welfare advocate, food is the catalyst for Sophia Roe, but it’s always about how it fits into society’s bigger picture. Follow for her food education and recipes, but stay for her anti-racism videos that are vital for understanding the world we live in.

Kevin Curry

As you can probably tell from his Instagram handle, Kevin Curry is all about healthy recipes that never skimp on flavor. But even the healthiest people have indulgent days, so you’ll still get some mashed potatoes or chipotle wings every now and then again to make your mouth water.

Tabitha Brown

If you’re looking for easy vegan recipes with a dash of self-love thrown in for good measure, Tabitha Brown’s feed is the right place to land. With a voice that pretty much qualifies as ASMR, she’ll quickly become one of your favorite follows.

Jenné Claiborne

Jenné Claiborne launched her blog Sweet Potato Soul in 2010, so she’s truly one of the food blogging OGs. She also has a YouTube channel worth subscribing to, has written her vegan soul food cookbook Sweet Potato Soul, and she’s become a mom in the process—all while giving us yummy vegan comfort food.

Breanna Danielle

If you’ve ever thought about going plant-based or are already in that camp and want to diversify your options, Breanna Danielle is here to help. She incorporates goodies from common stores like Trader Joe’s for inexpensive meals, as well as recommending plant-based restaurants when you feel like taking an outdoor dining adventure.

Sydney’s Sweets

If you’re thinking about leaning into your sweet tooth, Sydney’s Sweets is the ultimate follow. Founded by couple Sydney and Jermaine Perry with an IRL dessert boutique in Long Island to boot, the duo posts pictures of their coveted cake jars, “there’s no way that’s a cake” cakes, and other desserts that will make you drool.

Michael W. Twitty

As the author of James Beard Award-winning book The Cooking Gene, Michael W. Twitty’s feed is inspiring from both a spiritual and culinary perspective. His new cookbook Rice is due out next month and his recipes include everything from Italian pot roast to black eyed peas hummus.

Vallery Lomas

Former lawyer and The Great American Baking Show winner Vallery Lomas shares her delectable desserts on her vibrantly-hued feed. And her future is bright: She has a new Food Network show appearing on its app this month and her cookbook Life Is What You Bake It is hitting shelves and stores in September.

Darius Williams

With a slew of cookbooks and merch boasting phrases like “Bacon Is My Love Language”, Darius Williams truly loves to have fun with food. From crab-stuffed salmon to lasagna, use his recipes to give you a whole new lease on cooking.

Yolanda Gampp

If you’re been baking during the pandemic and you don’t know who Yolanda Gampp is, then let this serve as your introduction. Her YouTube channel How To Cake It is a masterclass in how to make any and every kind of amazing cake, from conversation hearts to Tiffany & Co. boxes.

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