The idea of ordering takeout for every meal or eating breakfast for dinner while self-isolating might seem appealing at first—a dream even, for some—but after a while, it loses its charm and you just want something home-made. Which then leads to the big question: what to cook? Cue celebrities from all over the world taking to Instagram to show off their culinary skills—from Martha Stewart to Padma Lakshmi and YuTsai, who are whipping up a storm in their home kitchens using relatively simple recipes that anyone can replicate easily. Below, our top 10 celebrities to follow on Instagram for cooking inspiration and entertainment.
The breakout star of Netflix’s Queer Eye, Antoni Porowski is not only easy on the eyes but also incredibly well-versed in the kitchen. He started Quar Eye: Cooking Lesson in Quarantine, a tongue-in-cheek IGTV series on his Instagram where he shows his followers how to cook simple dishes from sloppy Joe to chickpea pasta and (our favourite) “chicken soup for the soul(cially distanced)”.
We all know and love David Rocco from his Dolce series on the Food Network, and now we can continue to experience food through the lens of the Canadian-Italian celebrity chef on his Instagram. From quick-and-easy pasta dishes to delicious pizza recipes, Rocco doesn’t disappoint. His kids also makes surprise cameo appearances—another reason to watch his videos.
Yes, it’s the keeper of Hell’s Kitchen himself, Gordon Ramsay. He turns homecoming into a family affair, involving his wife and kids as he whips up comfort foods in the kitchen. From apple crumble to fish and chips, learn how a professional chef cooks—for free. Some of the dishes he makes like the one above requires a little more prep time, but once you’ve done that you can keep making it with your own variations.
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Craving for some great baked goods? Let Hollywood A-lister Jennifer Garner show you how in her candid “#pretendshowcooking” series on Instagram, where she made English muffins following a recipe from her favourite cookbook, Huckleberry, by Zoe Nathan, the baker behind the cafe of the same name in Santa Monica, California. And don’t worry, she shares step-by-step recipes so all you have to do is follow. If you’re a mom with a baby to feed, Garner also shows how to make simple, plant-based baby food.
The OG domestic goddess Martha Stewart created #homeschoolwithmartha on Instagram, where together with editors from Martha Stewart Living, Stewart shares everything “from easy, delicious recipes the whole family will love and inspiring DIYs to creative projects to keep kids learning, as well as advice and ideas to keep you busy at home.” We love this one-pot pasta recipe because it’s fuss-free and above-all, delicious.
If you—like most of us—are dying for some decadently sinful dessert, take to Italian restaurateur Massimo Bottura‘s Instagram page where he shows how to create the perfect tiramisu. The chef patron of Osteria Francescana, a three-Michelin-star restaurant based in Modena, also has other videos of him showing how to cook Italian sweet treats like paciugo di mascarpone and almond gelato with pistachio sauce.
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As if we need anymore reasons to love Oprah Winfrey, the queen of talkshows keeps it real on Instagram by cooking comfort foods like spaghetti carbonara in sweatpants. The recipes comes courtesy of celebrity cook Jamie Oliver.
Padma Lakshmi, the model turned cookbook author and host of Bravo TV’s Top Chef, takes to Instagram to share her favourite contemporary take on classic South Indian dishes like sambar and thosai. She ask demonstrates how to make Western dishes such as rag pastas and lasagna with her daughter Krishna. So if you’re looking to whip up spicy easy-to-make nosh at home, Lakshmi has got you covered.
Who doesn’t love Rachel Ray? The bubbly talkshow host, celebrity cook and author brings everything we know and love her for onto Instagram in the form of bite-sized IGTVs. Whether you’re in the mood for hearty vegan ramen dishes or spicy quesadillas, Ray is giving you the blueprint to cook yourself a feast.
YuTsai’s cooking videos on Instagram are nothing short of a cinematic masterpiece, and we expect nothing less from the renowned creative director and celebrity photographer. Follow him if you’re looking to create East Asian dishes at home that looks and tastes like it came out of a restaurant kitchen.
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