Food & Drink

The 20 Best Food Instagrammers in the Country

Everyone's heard the joke about how much a hipster weighs. An Instagram, obviously. But given the amount of food porn on there, the social photography network is less like a pair of skinny jeans and more like a pair of basic-as-hell jeans.

So to help feed you the best food... feeds in the country, we combed through Instagram and rounded up 20 of the most hunger-inducing chefs, visually dazzling photographers, and creative foodies shooting today. Get ready to hit "follow" a bunch of times.

@pissinginthepunchbowl

Aka Marcus Nilsson, photographer, Brooklyn
Best 'grams: Chili dogs, backyard paella, Peruvian breakfast
Marcus shoots for everyone from Esquire to Oprah, but you're just as likely to see a can of Negro Modelo on his feed as an artfully composed deconstruction of limes.

@ulteriorepicure

Aka Bonjwing Lee, writer and photographer, Kansas City, MO
Best 'grams: Lacquered squab, oyster shucking, foraged mushrooms
Formerly an anonymous blogger, Lee came out of the Blogspot closet and transitioned from a hobbyist snapper to an in-demand photographer, but his photos still light up with a personal spark.

@faimfatale

Aka Deana Saukam, "boss" at qui restaurant, Austin
Best 'grams: Japanese blowfish carpaccio, fried tonkatsu pork, Texas BBQ feasts, lobster rolls
Deana traverses the globe alongside fiance Paul Qui "researching" everything from exotic Asian cuisine to hamburgers bigger than her face.

@chefjeremyfox

Chef, Santa Monica
Best 'grams: Smoked salmon-topped focaccia, raw prawns, pork shoulder with fennel gravy
Fox's photos give a window into the working process at Rustic Canyon Wine Bar, showing dishes in progress and tracing photogenic ingredients like prawns back to their sources. Now that's an open kitchen.

@aubriepick

Photographer, San Francisco
Best 'grams: Smoked octopus, dim sum, whole red snapper
Pick's photos have landed in a ton of different publications, but if you don't have time to flip through the likes of Rue magazine, her IG account is the place to experience her fabulous #photoshootlife.

@chicagolunch

Aka Raff & Green, mid-day meal aficionados, Chicago
Best 'grams: Deep-dish pizza, curry in a pineapple, Italian beef sandwich
These dudes elevate lunch to the most important meal of the day, giving a photo tour of the Chi that puts your pathetic sandwiches to shame.

@foodbabyny

Aka Mike Chau, Father and foodie, NYC
Best 'grams: Baby with mac & cheese, baby with blueberry fritter beret, baby inside a donut
Chau photographs his adorable son with damn near everything he eats, usually angling it such that the food looks like a savory hat atop his child's head. Baby pictures have never been less annoying.

@mister_krisp

Aka Jessica Siskin, food artist, NYC
Best 'grams: Rice Krispies menorah, Rice Krispies Kim Kardashian, Rice Krispies poop emoji
Siskin's turned playing with her food into a profession, sculpting elaborate cartoony creations that snap, crackle, and pop without even having to add any milk.

@camillebecerra

Chef at Navy, NYC
Best 'grams: Christmas Chinese ducks, exotic mushrooms, the ultimate lox bagel
Becerra's all-vertical shots show the dirty underbelly of chef life in the form of battle-worn tools of the trade. She also deliciously exposes the ingredients that make her dishes tick, and then builds them into feasts for the eyes and mouth.

@dinaravila

Photographer, Portland, OR
Best 'grams: Origami cocktail garnishes, Hawaiian sushi, beautiful bundt cakes
Dina gives a behind the scenes look at the life of a food photographer with a heavy emphasis on the three C's: cocktails, cakes, and cats.

@chefaz

Aka Andrew Zimmern, chef and TV host, Minneapolis
Best 'grams: Dubai fish markets, Italian salumi, endless trays of scallops
The Bizarre Foods host travels the globe eating anything and everything. If you can't follow in his footsteps, following his feed is the next best thing.

@wrightkitchen

Aka Brittany Wright, cook and photographer, Seattle
Best 'grams: Carrot rainbows, romaine Fibonacci spirals, marshmallows
Wright's goal is to learn to cook everything, but along the way she gets a little sidetracked by organizing picture-perfect fruits and vegetables into color gradients that would make even the most adamant carnivore drool.

@burgerdays

Professional burger eaters, DC, Maryland, and Virginia
Best 'grams: Kobe hamburger with egg, pork belly-topped burger, Shake Shack's ShackMeister
The nameless dudes behind Burger Days have taken it upon themselves to comb the area surrounding DC for the meatiest bunned delicacies in existence. May God have mercy on their arteries.

@farmert

Aka Tucker Taylor, culinary gardener at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate and Garden, Santa Rosa, CA
Best 'grams: Fractal cauliflower, purple corn, mounds of carrots
You may not be able to actually dine at lauded California restaurant The French Laundry, but the food looks so good that some folks might even pay just to be a spectator. Farmer Tucker Taylor was responsible for much of that daily bounty, but recently he packed his bags for the Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate where he approaches gardening with the same level of Michelin star meticulousness.

@davidchang

Chef at Momofuku, NYC
Best 'grams: Caviar on uni, smoked rack of pork, duck meatballs
The head honcho behind the Momofuku empire shows off his restaurants' menus, but also takes plenty of shots of his own personal epic meal-times.

@danielkrieger

Photographer, Brooklyn
Best 'grams: Carnitas burritos, meat plates, exploding chocolate cakes
You can find Krieger's food shots in TheNew York Times and on Eater, but what's most impressive about his IG is that all the photos are taken with his iPhone, rather than uploaded from a professional DSLR.

@talkingfood

Aka Rob Grimm, Gary Martin, and Laura Prouty, food pun photographers
Best 'grams: Club going up on a Tuesday, popped collard, if you liked it you shoulda put a wing on it
The team behind Talking Food makes great puns, then backs them up with pristine studio photography of their subjects.

@dwpgrillmd

Aka Doug Pickering, BBQ expert, Dallas
Best 'grams: Brisket, beef ribs, bone-in ham
Pickering has been stoking fires in the Dallas 'Q scene for the last few years and posts meat shots so beautiful you can nearly smell them.

@julieskitchen

Aka Julie Lee, food photographer, Los Angeles
Best 'grams: Fruit wallpaper, chocolate crunch donuts, oysters with mezcal and passionfruit
Lee's photography takes the art of the overhead food shot to new heights thanks largely to her incredible attention to color. A box of chocolates has never looked so good.

@perrysant

Aka Perry Santanachote, Thrillist recipes editor and food porn star, NYC
Best 'grams: SpaghettiOs pizza, mac 'n' cheese quesadilla, breakfast lasagna
If we can dream it, Perry can cook it. Grilled cheese & tomato soup dumplings? Check. Deep-fried chicken pot pies? Check. See all of her handiwork right here.

Dan Gentile is a staff writer on Thrillist's National Food and Drink team. His own Instagram is mostly photos of records and his dog. Follow him to tweets about both at @Dannosphere.