Elly Pear @ellypear
Elly Curshen may have started her career in Bristol as the founder of a local café, but thanks to her popular Instagram account (53,400 followers and counting) she’s now a household name across the UK. Specialising in vegetarian cuisine, Curshen is on a mission to encourage people to cook from scratch, and the colourful, easy-to-follow recipes on her feed – such as charred aubergine with rose harissa (pictured), also featured in her forthcoming cookbook Green – are the perfect place to start.
Alexandra Dudley @alexandradudley
‘Food, art, memory – for me they are forever linked,’ says Alexandra Dudley. The joy she takes in travelling, cooking and eating is palpable in every Instagram post, from pictures of her gourmet adventures through Britain to the wholesome dishes she prepares in her kitchen. Her recipes are fantastically fool proof and don’t require any niche ingredients: try making her butter-baked leeks with hazelnut and thyme for a hassle-free dinner party, or serve her Jerusalem artichoke canapés with lemon crème fraiche for an extra-special drinks event.
Clerkenwell Boy @clerkenwellboyec1
A long-time fixture of the London food scene, Clerkenwell Boy’s true identity remains known to only a few close friends. What his 186,000 Instagram followers do know, however, is that he can be relied upon to share his expert knowledge of the capital’s best new dining spots – restaurants, bakeries, pop-ups and more – on a daily basis. Whether he’s showcasing a perfectly styled breakfast spread or revealing snapshots of his envy-inducing holidays, his beautifully shot imagery is guaranteed to make your mouth water.
Eat like a Girl @eatlikeagirl
Much of the appeal of the Irish-born, London-based writer Niamh Shields lies in her sheer accessibility. She suffers from morning-after food cravings like the rest of us – and posts the hangover-breakfast pictures to prove it – and can’t resist a bowl of nachos (try them with her no-holds-barred bacon, beer and cheese dip). Her feed is full of helpful tips for recreating store-cupboard staples: once you’ve tried making her flavoursome taramasalata, you’ll never be able to go back to the store-bought kind.
Felicity Spector @felicityspector
The food writer and Great Taste Award judge says in her bio that she’s ‘always obsessed with desserts’, and she isn’t exaggerating. Anyone with a sweet tooth is bound to fall for her delectable-looking Instagram feed, which is peppered with images of elaborate confections sampled during her various culinary excursions; a chestnut and rose Mont Blanc, a rhubarb crème-brûlée croissant and a double-chocolate cinnamon babka are just a few of her latest indulgences. Avoid browsing if you’re trying to go sugar-free.
Article written by Frances Hedges.